Chapter 2. Advanced pfSense Configuration

The information provided in the first chapter should have enabled you to deploy your pfSense router/firewall on your network. In this chapter, we will go beyond this basic functionality and explore some of the features pfSense has that many consumer grade routers do not have, yet you are likely to want to implement. In particular, we will focus on the following topics:

  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
  • Captive portal
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)


You have probably configured a router to act as a DHCP server at some point. Configuring pfSense to act as a DHCP server is just as easy, and it has a number of features ...

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