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A free firewall based on Packet Filter (pf) and FreeBSD 6.

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pfSense and USB ethernet

I'm looking to build a pfSense box at home. It seems most ideal to locate a machine with dual ethernet, and designate them WAN and LAN. But I was wondering if it would make sense to use a machine I ...
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pfSense VPN to Debian with NAT for DMZ

Current Situation Hello there, currently I have the following system running: A pfSense Firewall/Router with a dynamic public IP address and NAT on port 80 into my DMZ network. It also has dynDNS ...
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pfsense - slow connection to internet from wired network but not from wireless/wifi

summary: internet speed tests indicate that the connection to the internet from my wired network is very slow, while speed tests from a device on my wifi network gets the expected (much faster) result....
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Unifi guest hotspot: "Redirect using Hostname" but no DNS?

I have a Unifi UAP-AC-LR access point and wanted to setup the guest portal for friends. It sort-of-worked on my phone, but didn't work on my laptop. I think it had to do with the self-signed cert/...
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Cannot access Synology File Server from VPN using pfSense

OK, here is the situation: I have a Synology file-server/NAS on my home network, watched over by pfSense (router/firewall). I am trying to set up a VPN going through pfSense so that I can connect to ...
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Can't get Ubuntu virtual machine connected to virutal router through VMware

I'm running a virtual router through VMware that has a two virtual NICS connected to it. A bridged NIC for the WAN side to connect directly to the internet and a NIC for the LAN side. I have two ...
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Securing a webapp with nginx, modSecurity and pfsense

As a hobby project, I started a website on my PC. I built it with nginx and everything worked fine. Now, trying to secure it, things get complicated. Im trying to setup a firewall/waf physically on ...
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hosting multiple web server on LAN, behind one WAN ip address? how to reverse proxy with pfsense?

I have a situation i am describing it below. I have ESXI server with vCenter on it, and multiple web servers hosted on that ESXI VMs, having domain with cloudflair dsns forwarder for A records. I also ...
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Bridge-Mode to prevent double NAT/Firewall advantages?

In my network I currently have a cable connection with an ISP provided (consumer grade) modem/router combo device. Behind this modem there is a pfSense box. The pfSense box is acting as firewall and ...
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How do you properly allow two devices on separate subnets to communicate (PFSense)?

I'm trying to figure out how to get 192.168.0.22 to properly ping/be able to transfer files with 192.168.77.10. Firstly, is this a dumb setup? I'm mainly using it right now just for educational ...
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Reconfigure pfSense to use wifi/eth bridge instead of internal Ethernet interface

I am using pfSense as an Internet router. So far I have not used the wifi adapter (it is present but disabled). I only use one of the Ethernet ports for the internal interface. For wifi I have a ...
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Does pfSense in access point mode support WPS clients?

TL;DR: I would like to connect a wifi client which supports only WPS to a pfSense running in access point mode. Is that possible, and how? I am in the process of replacing my ISP provided router with ...
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Setting up high availability LDAP authentication using FreeIPA

I am trying to setup pfSense LDAP authentication using FreeIPA master/replica nodes. I was able to directly connect to the master LDAP server using the hostname/ip-address but when it goes down how ...
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Configuring pfSense for IPTV delivered via separate VLAN on WAN link

I am trying to set up pfSense as my primary Internet router, replacing the provider router. Basic Internet connectivity works as it should: configure the external interface as a DHCP client, configure ...
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changed routers, but now my one NIC reprts two IP addresses

I originally had a static IP on my desktop, 192.168.0.48. After my router died, I tried upgrading to a PFsense based router, but many of my games stopped working online properly. I go and enter a new ...
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using pfsense and Netgate 2100 max: can I prevent uploading files to the internet/browser?

Using pfsense and Netgate 2100 Max, I want to prevent upload files to the browser of course I still want users to be able to search and browser in teh internet, can I do that? is there any manual/...
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How to go about using Pfsense on a portable workstation

I have a portable workstation running windows. I need to guarantee that my network is secure and private. especially with regards to software's that call home and Microsoft spying/telemetry, in short,...
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Configure PF syslog messages

Is it possible to configure the syslog messages sent by pf? I am using an OPNsense as well as a PFsense and configure descriptions (e.g. "DNS to external") to each rule. The syslog messages ...
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How to connect OpenVPN clients to a LAN network with 2 default gateways

I am currently doing a test for our OpenVPN setup through Pfsense, we have 2 Pfsense running on the network, For the default gateway of the LAN Network as Main Firewall. For the OpenVPN Clients as a ...
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How do I get to root on pfSense?

I am running pfSense 21.05.2 in AWS. I can ssh in as ec2-user, and I can see that the sudo package (0.3_6 with a dependency on sudo-1.9.7) came pre-installed. In the web interface, under System > ...
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Bridging a WIFI adapter in AP mode to a VM

Linux Mint, using hostapd I have a wifi adapter set up in AP mode. I have bridged a VMware virtual network to this wifi adapter and connected it to a VM running pfsense. Devices can connect to the AP ...
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How to use VirtualBox's DHCP server for a pfSense guest machine so that other guest machine's within the internal network can connect to it

Clarification: My goal is to have pfSense set up using VirtualBox's DHCP server. This is so that it could be connected to the other guest machines on the internal network. Currently, all my other ...
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Filter incoming traffic from google.com using pfSense

I'm running Home Assistant in my home network and in order for Google Home to interact with it, the system must be accessible from the outside. I don't want the open port to appear on any scan against ...
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Configuring Pfsense for home network usage which includes an ip-tv set-top box and several online gaming pc's

I am new to Networking business. I need pro's advice. I am trying a pfsense installation at home with the fallowing topology in mind. I have 2 questions. Does it bring any advantage if I connect two ...
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pfsense openvpn new devices not immediately visible

I use pfSense as an OpenVPN connection to my home. When a new device joins my lan, I cannot access it over my VPN immediately. Only after 6-10 minutes of waiting I get an echo reply. If I log into the ...
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Pfsense + Cincinnati Bell Fioptics IPTV

Recently signed up for Cincinnati Bell Fioptics FTTH with IPTV. Replaced the provided wireless router with a pfsense box + Ubiquiti AP and the internet works great. However, I cannot get the IPTV ...
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Why is static routing failing in this case?

I am experimenting with networking and trying to get the following to work. Computer A has two interfaces, one connected to Computer B and the other connected to a pfSense router. I'd like to ...
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Why is my static route not working?

I have a Linux host with two network interfaces between a Windows host and a pfSense router. I am attempting to get the Linux host to act as a router. What I've done so far: Enable ip forwarding on ...
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Why is pfSense giving me incorrect memory usage when VirtIO memory ballooning is used?

I am running pfSense as a KVM/libvirt guest. When I configure memory and currentMemory both to 2048 MB the pfSense dashboard shows ~2GB of ram and 18% utilization. If I set memory to 2048 MB and ...
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Why is iperf3 faster in one direction than the other?

I've got a Windows 10 PC with Realtek RTL8125b 2.5GbE interface and I have a Debian Linux 5.10 server with an Intel I225-LM (rev 3) 2.5GbE interface. Running iperf3 -s on the server I get 1.14Gbit/s. ...
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Use multiple LTE mobile 3g/4g modems for multi-WAN

Sorry if this sounds silly, but I have a bunch of USB wifi LTE mobile modems for a few providers, and I have an HP T620 thin client lying around with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installed. I was wondering if ...
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How to configure pfSense as a simple router

I’m working with pfSense 2.5.1 and VMWare Workstation Pro 16. I’m trying to configure a pfSense vm as a simple router (no firewalling or other stuff) with three NICs: em0 = WAN (it is natted) em1 = ...
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pfSense + VMWare WS + Bridged = (DUP!) ping packets

I’m making some experiments using pfSense 2.5.0 and VMWare Workstation 16 on a Windows 10 Pro host machine, trying to create some network environments for study purposes. If I set the pfSense WAN ...
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firewall log entries

I have been having issues with dropped traffic. I am running pfsense firewall. I have found the following log entries in the firewall. These entries suggest to me that the connection to our ISP is ...
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VPN IKEv2 Remote Access not access another hosts

VPN IKEv2 Remote Access not access another hosts Hello, I have a problem. I have an IKEv2 VPN for users. Everyone connects normally to this VPN. I configured for users to have a 192.168.2.0/24 subnet. ...
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I've setup NordVPN via OpenVPN config on my pfSense router, but it will not connect

I've setup NordVPN via OpenVPN config on my pfSense router, but it will not connect. I followed this how-to doc exactly and (TMK) did not miss anything: https://support.nordvpn.com/Connectivity/Router/...
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Windows VLAN Tagging Network Adapter

I am trying to add VLAN tagging to my INTEL Nic in windows 10 and having some trouble. I have been following the guide here and it works for the most part. The problem is that is creates a new ...
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Connect local network devices to another LAN Pfsense software router

Good morning, I hope someone can give me some advice around setting up Pfsense to allow me to specify my main LAN devices to access resources on my Pfsense LAN. E.g I would like my iMac to SSH to a ...
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pfsense - Not getting the LAN connection

Pfsense newbie here. Below is my setup. Router > PF Sense on a HP desktop with 3 ports> TpLink Switch > Laptop (see picture1 below) PfSense is getting WAN IP and the internet connection. See ...
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LiveUsb - PfSense Installation on USB Key

Is it possible to install the PfSense software into a USB key, configure it through the computer and then plug it to the router ? Might it work? Please give me a concrete answer or maybe another idea. ...
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pfSense DNS Resolver does not resolve local hostnames from DHCP static mappings

I'm on pfSense Community Edition 2.4.5-RELEASE-p1 I assigned some static DHCP mappings on one of my LAN interfaces If I try to reach any one of those static mapped hosts by its Hostname (or by Client ...
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Reduced Internet Speed via pfsense-vm

I recently setup pfSense kvm and have a 4 port NIC attached. The WAN port is connected to my ISP router and hooked my PC to LAN for testing. Now, the problem is -- While I do iperf to public servers ...
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PPoE forwarding on pfSense

(reposting from NETGATE PfSense forum) Basically I'd want the PfSense to forward PPoE packets that come from an host on the LAN side of the pfsense to the main ISP router (so that I can get a public ...
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PFSense Stuck At "Please wait while the update system initializes" while uninstaling or upgrading any package

I just had this weird problem on my PFSense VM. It neither can upgrade nor uninstall any package and is always stuck at Please wait while the update system initializes. I tried rebooting. Still no ...
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Unusual behavior from Squid reverse proxy using Cloudflare

I have installed the Squid proxy on my pfSense instance to direct traffic via URL/host to 4 servers in my local homelab network due to having only one public IP. (to be precise, mail, file/NAS, web, ...
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Troubleshooting transport layer connectivity issues with pfSense

I am building a virtual network of vhosts that is NATed out to the internet through pfSense. For some reason, vhosts cannot establish connections to the outside world, although lower-layer operations ...
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IPSec Phase 2 Configuration For Translated Subnets?

I have two networks with the 10.0.0.0/8 subnet I'm trying to connect via IPSec tunnels. I have the phase 1 configurations working but am a bit stuck on the phase 2 configurations. Each firewall used ...
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Installing pfSense on intel server

I have an intel server as a router. I want to migrate from windows routing to pfSense. I am trying to format my server with ISO file over IPMI connection. When I load the ISO, I get this: Is it even ...
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How can I create an IPsec tunnel between a FritzBox and a pfsense, without using Aggressive Mode?

I've successfully created an IPSEC Tunnel between my local FritzBox 7590 and my office, which is running a pfsense hardware firewall (APU2) with pfsense 2.4.5-RELEASE-p1 and coreboot firmware v4.11.0....
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Upstream DNS resolver not logging domain lookups

A pfsense router running 2.4.5-RELEASE-p1 (amd64) software was originally configured to force the local network to only use OpenDNS. In this configuration, OpenDNS logged all resolved domains, and it ...
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