Breaking News: pfSense 2.2.5 Now Available

pfSense pfSense 2.2.5 is now available, with a number of bug fixes and some security updates. It is considered a low risk upgrade for those running 2.2.x. For those running 2.1.x and older versions, there are a number of significant changes which may impact you. You can read all about it at the official pfSense blog. I will upload the download links ASAP.

And while I’m writing this, I might as well take the opportunity to promote’s official mailing list. A few dozen readers have already subscribed. I don’t share our mailing list with anyone else, and traffic on the list is limited to one e-newsletter a week summarizing the latest pfSense news. And I’m even sending you a brief pfSense resource guide as an incentive to sign up.

This is also the eleventh anniversary of the pfSense project, so I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked on the project and who has helped ensure its success. You have made our lives immeasurably better.

I also want to thank everyone who has made purchases through’s Amazon affiliate link. Your purchases help keep the lights on at

UPDATE: I updated the download page to link to version 2.2.5.

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Part Seven

pfSense traffic shaping

After using the shaper wizard, you might find that the rules it generates do not fit your requirements. Fortunately, once the basic rules have been created by the wizard, it should be relatively easy to edit or copy those rules and create custom ones … [Continue reading]

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Part Six

Traffic shaping in pfSense

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Raising and Lowering Protocols The last configuration screen of the pfSense traffic shaper wizard lists many other commonly available applications and protocols. How you chose to handle these protocols are handled will … [Continue reading]

pfSense Setup HQ Mailing List Launched

In the first two days since I launched the official pfSense mailing list, several readers have already signed up. If you sign up for our mailing list, I'll send you a brief pfSense resource guide that contains all the essentials on how to get up and … [Continue reading]

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Part Five

Traffic shaping in pfSense

The next screen, “Peer-to-Peer Networking”, will let you set controls over many peer-to-peer (P2P) networking protocols. By design, P2P protocols will utilize all available bandwidth unless limits are put in place. If you expect P2P traffic on your … [Continue reading]

Free pfSense Resource Guide

I'm currently giving away a free pfSense resource guide explaining how to set up your own pfSense firewall in 3 easy steps to anyone who signs up for my (low-traffic) mailing list. See this page for more information. … [Continue reading]

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Part Four

Traffic shaping in pfSense

Once you enter the queuing disciples and connection speeds in the traffic shaper wizard, there are a number of other options to configure. The next is Voice over IP, and there are several options available for handing VoIP traffic. The first choice, … [Continue reading]

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Part Three

Traffic shaping with pfSense

If you want to invoke traffic shaping in pfSense, you can write your own rule set in PF, but in most cases, it’s easier to use the traffic shaper wizard. To get started with the traffic shaper wizard, navigate to Firewall -> Traffic Shaper in the … [Continue reading]

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Part Two

Traffic shaping in pfSense

Wrapping a GUI around the underlying traffic shaping components in pfSense proved to be difficult. Lacking functionality in the underlying system in some areas also limits its capabilities. The traffic shaper was rewritten for pfSense 2.0 and … [Continue reading]

Traffic Shaping in pfSense: Part One

Traffic Shaping with pfSense

Traffic shaping, otherwise known as network Quality of Service (QoS), is a means of prioritizing the network traffic crossing your firewall. Without traffic shaping, all packets are processed on a first in/first out basis by your firewall. QoS offers … [Continue reading]

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