PfSense Dual WAN Failover and Load Balancing | How to Set It Up?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Networking, pfSense

You have been running pfSense on your network. Since there is no high availability on your WAN side, you now have decided to add another ISP for redundancy. When the primary goes down, the secondary ISP should take over or use both the primary and secondary link simultaneously like a load balancing method. Is it possible in pfSense? The multi …

How to Configure PfSense Load Balancer Using HAProxy?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Networking, pfSense

The pfSense is an open-source and free firewall that you can spin up on your home network. I have been using it for a while, and it works great. Also, it is a very stable firewall that you could use. Some enterprise users use pfSense as their primary firewall. However, for enterprise networks, it is better to use official pfSense …

How To Install PfSense on VirtualBox?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Networking, pfSense, Virtualbox, Virtualization

In some of my last blog posts, we covered the installation of pfSense on BareMetal, meaning on old physical PC, and different hypervisors such as pfSense on KVM, VMware workstation, and so on. In this blog, we will cover how you can install pfSense on a virtual box hypervisor. Since Oracle VirtualBox is free and supports Windows, MAC, and Linux …

PfSense OpenVPN – How to Set it Up?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Networking, pfSense

PfSense is great for small offices and even for some of the enterprise networks and most importantly it is a piece of budget-friendly network equipment. If you wanted dedicated hardware and support for your business, you have that option too. You could get Netgate hardware and their paid support or You can even go for a free option which is …

How To Configure PfSense Port Forwarding?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Networking, pfSense

Port forwarding is one of the features that is useful if you wanted to allow the external users to specific ports on the LAN side or inside the network. And many people get confused when it comes to the port forwarding configuration on the firewall. In this blog, we are going to configure the port forwarding feature using the pfSense …

How To Fix USB Ethernet Not Recognized By pfSense?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Networking, pfSense

In our last blog, we took a look at how you can set up a pfSense firewall on an old computer. The problem with that setup is, it had only a single 100Mb NIC which means I had to split the interface into the VLANs. So I can have the WAN and LAN separately. It should work great if you …

How to Build a Firewall ? – Pfsense DYI.

Saifudheen Sidheeq Networking, pfSense

In the last blog, we have spun up a pfSense firewall in KVM and made it work as a consumer router replacement. Though it worked fine, the performance was not so great. Hence, I decided to build an old spare laptop to work as a pfSense firewall. And when you convert your old pc to for the pfsense build, you …

How To Install Pfsense On KVM?

Saifudheen Sidheeq KVM, Linux, Networking, pfSense

The Pfsense firewall is a good alternative for your home network router. It can even replace the high-end commercial routers at the enterprise network as well. Moreover, it is open source and free too. Unless you are opting for support from netgate. Can I install pfSense on Ubuntu? Pfsense is an open-source firewall based on FreeBSD operating system, and since …

How to Setup IPsec Tunnel between Paloalto and PFsense?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Gns3, Networking, PaloAlto, pfSense

In a world where everything connected over the internet, it is quite common that we get to see many enterprise users connect the branch offices via the IPsec VPN.  Moreover, the internet connection is getting cheaper and cheaper now as compared to the dedicated links. That is one of the reasons too the SD-WAN is becoming popular as well. Connecting …

How To Configure IPsec Site To Site Tunnel In PfSense?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Gns3, Networking, pfSense

If you wanted to connect two sites over the internet, the very popular method is to use the IPsec. By default, the IP alone doesn’t provide security, so we need to wrap the IP packet with IPsec to encrypt the traffic inside the IP. Once the IPsec connection is established between two sites, no one on the internet can decrypt …

How To Install Pfsense Firewall On GNS3?

Saifudheen Sidheeq Gns3, Networking, pfSense

I have worked on multiple firewalls; however, the one firewall that stands out from the crowd is the Pfsense firewall. Let’s take a look at what makes the Pfsense different from other firewalls, and then we will also see how you can install a Pfsense firewall on GNS3 software and start building a basic LAB. What is a Pfsense firewall? …