Video: Setting Up VLANs in pfSense

A single layer 2 network can be partitioned into two or more broadcast domains so we don’t have to add switches every time we want to add another network. This video shows how to set up 802.1Q VLANs with pfSense.

Video: Demonstration of Squid Overriding Firewall Rules in pfSense

One phenomenon I initially didn’t understand is the fact that once Squid is enabled in an interface, it overrides any firewall rules you might have for ports that are controlled by Squid (80 and, if you enable the SSL proxy, 443). This is important to understand if you already have firewall rules in place. This video demonstrates this in practice.

Breaking News: pfSense 2.2.4 Released

pfSensepfSense 2.2.4 has been released, which incorporates multiple security and bug fixes. Some things you probably should know about this upgrade:

  • You can upgrade from any previous version straight to 2.2.4.
  • It is considered a low risk upgrade.
  • It is considered a high priority upgrade for users of IPsec 2.2x.
  • For users of 2.1.x and earlier 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 update the download links on the download page ASAP.

Video: Installing and Configuring Squid3 in pfSense

In this video, I demonstrate how to install and configure the Squid3 package in pfSense. Although the older version of Squid is generally considered more stable, Squid 3.0 incorporates a number of features not included in the older Squid, including the ability to act as a proxy for SSL traffic. See the release notes for more information. As demonstrated in this video, installation and configuration of Squid3 is almost as easy as it is for the original Squid.

Video: Installing and Configuring the Squid Proxy in pfSense

In this video, I discuss what a proxy is, why you might want to use one, and how to install and configure the Squid package in pfSense. It’s so easy that it takes only a few minutes to install and configure Squid.

Video: pfSense Rule Advanced Options

In this video, I use advanced firewall rule options to create a rule that only applies to Windows systems.

Video: Rule Scheduling with pfSense (part two)

This video provides more examples of using scheduling in pfSense. I alter one of the rules created in a previous video so it is only enforced during work hours, while still allowing access during the lunch hour.

Video: Rule Scheduling with pfSense

In the previous video, I covered how to block a website with pfSense. But we may not want to enforce rules at all times. No worries…pfSense makes it easy to use scheduling so rules are not always enforced, as demonstrated in the following video.

Video: Blocking Websites with pfSense

In this video, I cover how to block a website using pfSense rules two different ways: [1] using a single IP address; [2] using an alias to block multiple IP addresses. Once again, pfSense makes the whole process surprisingly easy.

Video: Configuring a DMZ with pfSense

Here’s a video I made about setting up a DMZ with pfSense. In this video, I do the following:

  1. Assign the DMZ interface.
  2. Set up DHCP on the DMZ interface.
  3. Create a firewall rule to prevent the DMZ from accessing the LAN.
  4. Test the configuration.

If I can do it in 15 minutes, then you can probably do it too.

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