Guides in installing pfSense

Guides in installing pfSense

What is pfSense?

First I will give you a brief description about what pfSense is. pfSense is an open source firewall/router computer software distribution based on FreeBSD. It is installed on a physical computer or a virtual machine to make a dedicated firewall/router for a network. It can be configured and upgraded through a web-based interface, and requires no knowledge of the underlying FreeBSD system to manage. pfSense is commonly deployed as a perimeter firewall, router, wireless access point, DHCP server, DNS server, and as a VPN endpoint. pfSense supports installation of third-party packages like Snort or Squid through its Package Manager.

In this guides I will teach you the step by step procedure on how to install the pfSense OS to a physical computer. In installing this software you must at least some basic knowledge and understanding of Computer Hardware and Networking.
Guides in installing pfSense

What do you need in installing pfSense?

1. As I said a in my post, you need at least basic knowledge and understanding of Computer Hardware and Networking.
2. pfSense Installer. You may download the installer from Official Website for free.here
3. Your physical computer with 2 Network Cards (NIC). For the specs of the computer see info below.

General Requirements:
Minimum
CPU - 500 Mhz
RAM - 512 MB

Recommended
CPU - 1 Ghz
RAM - 1 GB

Requirements Specific to Individual Platforms:
Full Install
CD-ROM or USB for initial installation
1 GB hard drive

4. Basic research skill and reading skills (Google).

How to install pfSense?

Step 1: Download and burn the installer to a CD/DVD.
Step 2: Set your system to boot first from your CD/DVD drive.
Step 3: The installer should load and you will see the Welcome Screen.
Guides in installing pfSense

Step 4: Next you should press “I” key on your keyboard to enter installer mode.
Guides in installing pfSense

Step 5: Select Accept these SETTINGS and press enter on the keyboard.
Guides in installing pfSense

Step 6: Select Quick/Easy Install and press enter on the keyboard.
Guides in installing pfSense

Step 7: Before hitting OK. You should read and understand this WARNING first.
Guides in installing pfSense
Step 8: Wait for a while then select Standard Kernel and press enter on the keyboard.
Guides in installing pfSense

Step 9: Wait until you are ready to Restart. Select Reboot and press enter.
Guides in installing pfSense

Step 10: After rebooting eject the pfSense Installer from your CD/DVD drive.

You have successfully installed pfSense, but we are not yet done. You should see your pfSense terminal dashboard. It will automatically detect and obtain WAN IP if you plugged your network to the LAN port of your ISP modem. You can setup the WAN IP manually also if the ISP DHCP Server is disabled. By default the pfSense LAN IP is 192.168.1.1 or you may change it anytime you want.

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