Benefits of pfsense
My home virtualization server running pfsense inside of
Most commodity hardware, like old computers and embedded systems, can run pfSense. pfSense is usually configured and run via a user-friendly web interface, making administration simple even for users with little experience with networking. To configure the router, you almost never need to use a terminal or change config files. Software updates can also be performed via the web interface.
pfSense is most widely used as a router and firewall program, with DHCP server, DNS server, WiFi access point, and VPN server all operating on the same hardware computer. Many network administrators prefer pfSense because it has a built-in Package Manager that allows them to install third-party open source packages like Snort or Squid.
By nature, pfSense is adaptable.
It can be used to operate a small home router as well as a large corporation’s entire network. In large corporate environments nowadays, pfSense is often replacing CISCO and other costly name brands, not because it is cheap, but because it is a feature-rich and mature platform.
Follow up: is the netgate pfsense sg-1100 still a good
I have a spare desktop and have always wanted to try out pfsense. Is pfsense better than the router I purchased at the store? May I use pfsense instead? —edit: I have a Linksys ea 6900 router with dd-wrt enabled, and I just use port forwarding, but I want the highest level of protection possible. —edit2: I didn’t realize they sold hardware specifically for pfsense, so I don’t have to use my old machine, which consumes more electricity; please recommend any hardware to me; my budget is less than $200, preferably 10080. savehidereport74 percent commentssharesavehidereport Voted up This discussion has been ended. There are no new comments or votes that can be made. Sort by the strongest.
Pfsense / netgate sg-5100 review & speed test
The age-old adage about the shoemaker’s children having no shoes does not apply to those of us who work in the depths of high technology. We have the most technologically advanced homes of everyone we meet, but we also have a tendency to ignore such things if they aren’t causing problems. That is, after all, what we deal with at work. When nothing is broken at home, who wants to take on network maintenance projects?
That’s how your house ends up with a Dell GX110 firewall from 2001, running an oldish version of IPCop, booting from a CompactFlash card, and whirring away for the past 12 years. A few weeks ago, I eventually decided to put it out to pasture.
For years, I’ve used pfSense in a variety of commercial endeavors. It’s a massively feature-rich and lightning-fast firewall based on FreeBSD and the fantastic pf packet filter. The user interface is on par with, if not better than, several high-priced commercial offerings, and you can always dig deeper if you want to. VPNs such as IPSec, PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN are all supported. It supports multi-WAN configurations and provides QoS, highly comprehensive output data collection and graphing, load balancing, captive portal, DHCP services, and a variety of other features. It also supports CARP failover to companion pfSense boxes (Common Address Redundancy Protocol).
Testing wireguard in the pfsense 2.5 beta / development
Given consumer routers’ poor track record when it comes to security, I decided it would be safer to put the router behind a firewall. In my case, I set up a dedicated pfSense box on a spare PC. My concern is whether the addition of pfSense, assuming a correctly designed pfSense, adds some additional protection from outside attacks. I recognize that the firewall has no way of preventing “user error” attacks such as installing malware, plugging in an infected USB drive, and so on.
After reading through the documents, this appears to be a useful addition to a home network’s defense. You’ve got a standard firewall and basic networking capabilities. It’s free in your situation, and it might be a fun side project. You’ll want to configure the following:
I see that iftop and bandwithd are both packages that can be installed. These are something I would suggest. There could be an issue if your home network is sending out a lot of data at 3 a.m. These tools will assist you in identifying those problems.