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]

pfSense Multi-WAN Configuration: Part Seven

pfSense multi-WAN

There are some scenarios where you may want to only use failover. Some pfSense users have a secondary backup Internet connection with a low bandwidth limit, and only want to use that connection if their primary connection fails, and only while it is … [Continue reading]

pfSense Multi-WAN Configuration: Part Six

In the previous articles, we covered the basics of multi-WAN configuration with pfSense. In this article, we will cover how to tailor your configuration to your particular needs. pfSense Multi-WAN: Bandwidth Aggregation and Service Segregation One … [Continue reading]

pfSense Multi-WAN Configuration: Part Five

pfSense multi-WAN

Once you have configured your multi-WAN setup, you will want to verify its functionality. In this article, we will cover how to test each component of your multi-WAN setup. If you have configured failover, you will want to test it after completing … [Continue reading]

pfSense Load Balancing

pfSense load balancing

In the previous article, we covered how to set up load balancing for a multi-WAN configuration. In this article, we will cover load balancing and failover in cases that don’t involve multiple WAN interfaces. pfSense Load Balancing To configure a … [Continue reading]

pfSense Multi-WAN Configuration: Part Four

pfSense multi-WAN

The load balancing functionality in pfSense allows you to distribute traffic over multiple WAN connections in a round-robin fashion. This is done on a per-connection basis. A monitoring IP is configured for each connection, which pfSense will ping, … [Continue reading]

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