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pfSense 2.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By : David Zientara
Book Image

pfSense 2.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By: David Zientara

Overview of this book

pfSense is an open source distribution of the FreeBSD-based firewall that provides a platform for ?exible and powerful routing and firewalling. The versatility of pfSense presents us with a wide array of configuration options, which makes determining requirements a little more difficult and a lot more important compared to other offerings. pfSense 2.x Cookbook – Second Edition starts by providing you with an understanding of how to complete the basic steps needed to render a pfSense firewall operational. It starts by showing you how to set up different forms of NAT entries and firewall rules and use aliases and scheduling in firewall rules. Moving on, you will learn how to implement a captive portal set up in different ways (no authentication, user manager authentication, and RADIUS authentication), as well as NTP and SNMP configuration. You will then learn how to set up a VPN tunnel with pfSense. The book then focuses on setting up traffic shaping with pfSense, using either the built-in traffic shaping wizard, custom ?oating rules, or Snort. Toward the end, you will set up multiple WAN interfaces, load balancing and failover groups, and a CARP failover group. You will also learn how to bridge interfaces, add static routing entries, and use dynamic routing protocols via third-party packages.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Configuring PPPoE

PPPoE stands for Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, a network protocol that allows and encapsulates Point-to-Point frames over Ethernet frames. PPPoE allows two clients to connect to pfSense using PPPoE and to conveniently pass data between each other.

This recipe describes how to enable a PPPoE server on pfSense.

How to do it...

  1. Navigate to Services | PPPoE server, as shown in the following screenshot:
  1. Click on the Add button.
  1. Check the Enable PPPoE Server checkbox:
  1. Choose an interface in the Interface drop-down menu (probably WAN).
  2. Set Total User Count to the maximum number of users you want to be able to use the PPPoE server at the same time.
  3. In the Subnet mask drop-down box, select the CIDR corresponding to your subnet mask (for example, 24 is
  4. In Remote Address Range text field, specify the starting address of the client IP address subnet. The total range will be the starting address, plus the number specified in Total User Count.
  5. In the Server Address text...