Ultimate Pfsense Feature Show and Tutorial

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

Deployment

Pfsense became professional product. So deployment of the Pfsense can be done 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 in to a virtual machine.

Amazon AWS

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

Microsoft Azure

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

Hardware

Hardware is provided by Netgate. There are different type 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 type of support packages. Netgate provides support for their products after the sale. Also there is a support type which is avaible for customer who do not bought Netgate products. But this is a bit salty price.

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Features

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

Dashboard

Dashboard provides main overview panel for the Pfsense. In dashboard these informations 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
Routing

Packages

Pfsense provides usefull packages for popular applications. Some applications are asterisk, suricata, snort, squid.

Packages
Packages

High Availability

Today IT infrastructure need HA for continous operation. Pfsense provides HA seamlessly.

High Availability
High Availability

Firewall & NAT

As stated before Pfsense is a firewall. Pfsense also have NAT and PAT support.

Firewall & NAT
Firewall & NAT

DHCP Services

Pfsense have DHCP services also WINS services. DHCP services makes Pfsense great for compact solution. DNS servers can be set with DHCP too.

DHCP Services
DHCP Services

NTP

NTP services can be provided with Pfsense. Another interesting features 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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