Introduction To Pfsense Router and Its Features – POFTUT

Introduction To Pfsense Router and Its Features

Checkpoint, Palo Alto, Cisco ACS, and others, all of them are enterprise, popular and good firewalls. But all of them require some price to pay. Is there any free alternative to these enterprise firewalls? Yes, there are a lot but most of them are not a competitor for them. Pfsense is the most advanced, powerful, popular alternative to these firewalls. Pfsense is not too advanced like them but provides most of the features for a day to day usage. In this tutorial, we will look at Pfsense features.

Deployment

Pfsense became a professional product. So deployment of the Pfsense can be done in different ways like enterprise solutions. Pfsense can be deployed to the popular cloud services Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Server Hardware provided by Pfsense or some embedded boards or into a virtual machine.

Amazon AWS

Pfsense is provided by AWS Market place as AMI (Amazon Machine Image). The current version as writing is 2.3.2 also other versions are available.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft cloud solution Azure also provides Pfsense. The provided version is newer than Amazon AWS which is 2.3.3 .

Hardware

Hardware is provided by Netgate. There are different types of hardware solutions.  From ARM board with 512 MB ram to Xeon CPU boards with 16 GB RAM.

Support

Support is provided by Netgate. There are different types of support packages. Netgate provides support for their products after the sale. Also, there is a support type which is available for the customer who does not buy Netgate products. But this is a bit salty price.

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Features

Pfsense provides a lot of features. We will look at them below.

Dashboard

The dashboard provides the main overview panel for the Pfsense. In the dashboard, this information can be found DNS server, version, interfaces.

Pfsense

Pfsense

Routing

Pfsense supports routing protocols like OSPF, BGP, RIP. There is also support available for static routing. Routing is an important part of a firewall and router. We can redirect packets into related networks with a routing function and routing information.

Routing

Routing

Packages

Pfsense provides useful packages for popular applications. Some applications are asterisk, Suricata, snort, squid.

PfSense Packages

PfSense Packages

High Availability

Today IT infrastructure needs HA for continuous operation. Pfsense provides HA seamlessly.

High Availability

High Availability

Firewall & NAT

As stated before Pfsense is a firewall. Pfsense also has NAT and PAT support. The firewall module provides all basic features for an enterprise firewall.

Firewall & NAT

Firewall & NAT

DHCP Services

Pfsense has DHCP services also WINS services. DHCP services make Pfsense great for a compact solutions. DNS servers can be set with DHCP too.

DHCP Services

DHCP Services

NTP

NTP services can be provided with Pfsense. Another interesting feature is that Serial GPS devices can be connected to the system.

NTP

NTP

VPN

Another powerful feature is VPN  services. Pfsense supports IPsec, L2TP, OpenVPN, PPTP by default as VPN services.

VPN

VPN

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