Installing Pfsense Firewall 2.0-RC1

FirewallFirst download an ISO image from any host from Pfsense.org and since the image is a small 100 Mbytes the time to download should be relatively fast.

You will need Power ISO or Daemon tools software to mount the image and then burn a copy to CD or DVD.

Slip the burned copy on to the computer you have choosen to host Pfsense and boot from the CD.

As the screen rolls by you will notice that there will be an option to install by pressing capital ‘I’ on the keyboard, this automatically installs Pfsense onto your hard drive.

Setting up the new release of Pfsense is easily achieved by the inclusion of a setup wizard. This quickly configures the firewall so that any computer on your network will have ready internet access.

Once the CD has finished installing the wizard is usually presented to you with a grey background or otherwise Select the System Menu and pick the ‘Setup Wizard’ item. This takes you through a few steps such as naming the Hostname of your firewall , the time zone your situated in and the interface information.

The important points at this stage is to correctly enter the IP address and network mask of your WAN Interface which matches your ISP information, in addition to setting your default gateway, this would have been supplied by your ISP.

Getting these basic pieces of information right the first time prevents headaches later when trying to find why you can’t connect to the internet later on.

There are new features on the Pfsense 2.0 which are so numerous but can be perused here.

Additionally, there are more packages available. An interesting development is the openvpn client export package. This allows the availability of openvpn client installer and associated certificates and keys to be accessed through the WAN interface for easy download and setup. This makes distributing to clients out on the road a breeze. There are many packages and a good chance you will find one to suit your needs.

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