Archive for September, 2007

Forum exceeds 4000 registered users

Friday, September 21st, 2007

This week the forum exceeded 4000 registered users! Wow! The average registrations per day continues to increase, now at nearly 6 new users every day.

On another forum note, tonight I locked every post last updated before 2007-01-01. There are a lot of people who find a very old thread on a pre-1.0 version and post to it thinking they’re having the same issue with 1.2. That’s yet to be the case, and it just ends up as a hijacked thread. This will hopefully keep the boards cleaner. If you think you’re seeing something similar to an older thread you found, post a link to it in your post. It’s almost certainly not the same, which is why I did this.

pfSense supports next generation of embedded hardware

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

We now have been able to test pfSense on the new Soekris 55xx boards and the PC Engines ALIX boards and both hardware platforms are supported from now on by the latest snapshots. For now you will have to manually assign the NICs from the console port as both platforms now use vr NICs instead of the sis NICs the old Soekris 48xx and PC Engines WRAP used. This might change if we decide to add some kind of hardware detection when these systems come up with factory defaults to make them run out of the box again without interface assignment.

If you have one of these boards make sure to fetch a build from the snapshot server instead of using the original 1.2RC2 embedded image as we needed to add some modifications for the ALIX boards.

The ALIX for development was kindly provided by Pascal Dornier from PC Engines as donation. If you are interested in buying one please monitor the pcengines homepage for availability. The beta run for this hardware has just started but they should be available soon at prices similar to the WRAP boards.

Rural user fuses EDGE and HughsNet with pfSense

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

From Broadband Reports, a story of a user utilizing pfSense’s multi-WAN and policy routing capabilities to make the most of his connections.

Note that right now you need some device terminating EDGE and outputting Ethernet to use it with pfSense. That will hopefully change by the end of the year.

Update on 1.2 release status to come later this week.

Understanding the States display

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

When viewing your firewall states (Diagnostics -> States), you’ll see the “State” column with entries such as ESTABLISHED:ESTABLISHED, FIN_WAIT_2:FIN_WAIT_2, TIME_WAIT:TIME_WAIT, etc. A question came up on the forum – so what do these mean?

These are standard means of referring to the status of a TCP connection. I found the following diagram from this TCP tutorial, which is an excellent visual display of what these things mean.

Welcome to the new site!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Working with Blogger annoys me to no end, and several of us developers have developed a liking to WordPress. So here we are.

This makes writing less of a pain, so hopefully I’ll post more frequently.

Please email me if you notice any problems with the site.