pfsense-logo-choppedIf one look around for easy to set up, manage and opensource firewall, router or VPN server – pfSense is definitely something worth to look on it closer. I use pfSense in my homelab as a firewall, router and VPN server to simulate different use case scenarios on my homelab in a box. pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform.

Features:

  • management web interface
  • router
  • firewall
  • network load balancer
  • VPN:
    • IPSec
    • OpenVPN
    • PPTP
    • L2TP
  • DHCP server
  • DHCP relay
  • DNS forwarder
  • DynamicDNS support for most of the main providers.
  • Traffic shaper

and many, many more. For full list of features check pfSense website.

pfsense summary screen

pfsense summary screen

In the next few days I will blog out couple of post about deployment and basic configuration.

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