Archive for May, 2007

Back from BSDCan

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Scott and I safely made it back home from BSDCan. Overall it was a good conference, and our pfSense presentation went pretty well and was very well attended. More on the conference later this week, lots of email and other things (like sleep) to catch up on.

Our slides will be available later, and possibly video of the presentation. More on that later.

Videos posted of pfSense installation

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

A couple of neat videos have been posted of installing pfSense and accessing the web interface. Check them out here.

Firewall Review at SailingCrusade

Friday, May 18th, 2007

In my continued efforts to keep this blog more regularly updated, when we come across something on another blog or elsewhere on the web that discusses pfSense (such posts are common on our private developer mailing list), I’m going to mention it here. Google Alerts is my primary information source, which catches basically every mention of pfSense on most any blog and web page, and we also have other sources.

Today’s Google Alerts brought me a open source firewall review on Overall it’s a good article, you should check it out especially if you’re just now considering trying out pfSense .

Choosing which version to run

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

The question of “which version should I run” has been coming up a lot lately. We suggest people upgrade from 1.0.1 to 1.2b1 on numerous new installations because they run into bugs that have since been fixed. This is a good thing, 1.2b1 is actually the most bug-free release of pfSense ever. But it still does have some issues so it’s not ready for release yet.

For new installations, we recommend 1.2b1 at this time, unless you are using wireless. Some people seem to be seeing some regressions in the wireless in FreeBSD 6.2 that don’t exist in 6.1, which is what the 1.0 series is based on. We haven’t been able to replicate the problems, but several people have had issues.

For now, our recommendation for new installations is the current 1.2 beta release (1.2-BETA1 at the time of this writing), unless you’re using wireless with an internal wireless card then 1.0.1.

pfSense at BSDCan 2007

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

BSDCan 2007 is happening this week. Scott and Chris will be presenting on pfSense load balancing and failover.

If any of you out there reading this will be in Ottawa please let us know. We have meet and greets planned in the residence at the University after the nightly social events. Please email us at if you will be around.

This is our third consecutive year attending BSDCan and it promises to be an excellent conference once again. If you can arrange a trip, it’s definitely worth while, and it’s extremely reasonably priced.

Dashboard goodness coming in 1.3

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Though 1.2 is the primary development focus right now, some work is still being done for future releases. One of the coolest changes, in my opinion, upcoming in 1.3 will be changing the front status page into a customizable dashboard.

This feature is still in its early stages, but here is a screenshot to give you an idea of what is being worked on. Aside from the SVG graphs, this is all AJAX so the information, log viewer, etc. all update dynamically without refreshing the entire page.

Click on the image for a full size screen.