How to install Pfsense firewall step by step

How to install Pfsense firewall step by step

Jun 17, 2022 - 09:51
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How to install Pfsense firewall step by step

Pfsense Server Installation

Would you like to learn how to install Pfsense? In this tutorial, we are going to show you all the steps required to download and install a Pfsense server using the original ISO file.

This tutorial was tested on Pfsense 2.4.4-p3.

Tutorial - PfSense Download

Access the Pfsense Download Portal.

On the Pfsense download portal, you will need to find the last version of Pfsense Firewall.

Select the Pfsense software Archictecture, select the ISO Installer format and click on the Download button.

pfsense download iso

In our example, we downloaded the Pfsense 2.4.4-RELEASE-p3 installation image.

The installation file name was pfSense-CE-2.4.4-RELEASE-p3-amd64.iso.gz.

The ISO image is compacted using the extension GZ.

You will need to use a software like 7zip to extract the ISO image from the GZ package.

 
 

Tutorial - Pfsense Installation

Perform the computer boot using the Pfsense installation media.

On the Welcome screen, press Enter to start the Pfsense installation process.

pfsense boot

Accept the Pfsense End User License Agreement.

pfsense license

Select the Install option on the welcome screen

pfsense install

Select the desired Pfsense keyboard layout.

pfsense keymap

Select the Auto(UFS) option to perform the disk partitioning automatically.

pfsense disk partition

The system will start the installation of the Pfsense server.

Wait for the installation to finish.

pfsense installation

Select the No option on the manual configuration screen.

pfsense manual configuration

Remove the installation media and press Enter to reboot the computer.

pfsense reboot

After rebooting, the Pfsense console will ask if you need to configure VLANs.

In our example, we did not perform any Vlan configuration.

Next the system will try to detect the list of available network interfaces.

The system will ask you to choose 1 interface as the external interface [WAN].

In our example we configured the em0 interface as external.

The system will ask you to choose 1 interface as the internal interface [LAN].

In our example we configured the em1 interface as internal.

pfsense network detection

After selecting the desired network interfaces, the Pfsense installation menu will be presented

On the Pfsense menu, you will be able to see the IP address that your server got from the DHCP server.

In our example, the Pfsense network interface got automatically the IP address 192.168.15.11.

If you dont have a DHCP server, you may enter the menu option number 2 to configure a static IP address.

pfsense menu

Congratulations! You successfully installed the Pfsense server.

 
 

PFSense Dashboard Login

After finishing the IP address configuration, you are able to access the PFsense Web interface.

Open a browser software, enter the IP address of your Pfsense firewall and access web interface.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• https://192.168.15.11

The Pfsense web interface should be presented.

Pfsense login

On the prompt screen, enter the Pfsense Default Password login information.

• Username: admin
• Password: pfsense

After a successful login, you will be sent to the Pfsense Dashboard.

 
 

PFSense Setup Wizard

On your first access, the Pfsense configuration wizard will be displayed.

pfsense setup wizard

Click on the next button and perform the hostname and DNS configuration.

pfsense wizard hostname and dns

Perform the Timezone and NTP server configuration.

pfsense wizard timezone

On the next screen, if needed, you may change the network interface configuration.

In our example, we did not perform any change.

pfsense wizard wan configuration

Change the Pfsense default administrative password and click on the Next button.

pfsense change password

The system will reload the Pfsense configuration.

pfsense wizard summary

The pfsense installation was finished successfully.

Pfsense dashboard

Congratulations! You are now the administrator of a Pfsense server.

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