Install PfSense 1.2Beta1, Quick Overview

Pfsense is web based firewall designed special for PC, based on FreeBSD 6.x

Version 1.2Beta1 using 6.2 release as base, PfSense features from author site :

pfSense changes implemented (subject to change daily):

  • FreeBSD 6.1 – CURRENT with ALTQ
  • Wireless a/b/g wpa_supplicant, turbo, WEP, WPA-E/PSK and WPA2 (TKIP)
  • Incoming load balancing pools
  • PPPoE Server
  • Themes
  • New system->afterfilterchangeshellcmd xml tag which is executed on the system after each filter change (or other networking related changes)
  • All of the GREAT m0n0wall features, some improved
  • setup wizard using xml -> web gui toolkit
  • package xml -> web gui toolkit. RAPIDLY create packages and GUI’s
  • rebootless changes of settings
  • multiple WAN Support
  • outgoing load balancing pool
  • pf (openbsd’s packet filter)
  • failovercapable DHCP-Server with advanced settings (specify gateway, DNS, WINS)
  • advanced support for wireless devices (including WEP, WPA, HostAP-mode, hardware-encryption if supported by driver, mac-filtering, hide SSID, …) with by freeBSD6 supported wireless devices (atheros recommended for full functionality)
  • Systemstatus with realtimegraphs including SWAP usage monitor
  • ALTQ traffic shaping with integrated magic shaper wizard
  • Queuegraphs for Trafficshaper
  • Edit file option
  • Execute command now in menu
  • enhanced configuration-system featuring a configuration history and partial config down-/uploads
  • a lot of small “helpers” that make admins life easier
    • pfflowd – converting PF-status-massages to Cisco NetFlow-Datagrams
    • PFStat – Graphing
    • NTOP – Enhanced network history data
    • STunnel – wrap standard ports with SSL
    • Squid Transparent Proxy
    • arpwatch – watch ethernet/ip-adress-pairings
    • assp – Anti-Spam-Proxy
    • freeradius – Radiusserver
    • mtr – enhanced traceroute
    • nmap – networkscanner for security auditing
    • siproxd – proxy/masquerading for SIP-protocol
    • spamd – fake SMTP-Server as Spam-Tarpit
    • iperf – bandwidth-measuring
    • netio – bandwidth-measuring

Watch this video for quick overview how installation looks like.

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Installing FreeBSD 4,5,6 and 7

Basic FreeBSD questions for beginner like me 🙂

1. What is FreeBSD?

Wikipedia has the answer

2. Is it good as server?

Don’t know :-), see yourself in netcraft

3. Which version is the best?

For old hardware, consider using, for modern hardware use

4. Is there any video for installing FreeBSD?, I wanna see general view on how to install FreeBSD

For quick overview I make video using vmware 6, installing FreeBSD 4, 5 and 6. I wanna upload it in youtube, due to maintain problem I upload it in metacafe. Here’s the link :

P.S :

I’ve upload new video about running vmdk FreeBSD 4,5 and 6 in VirtualBox 1.4,  click here to see

Whats next? You can do many things in FreeBSD. Some recommended books for you :


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Free Blog on Your Own Domain with Free Email Hosting Part 3

In part 1 I wrote about how to set dns at domain registrar and register for account in

In part 2 I wrote about pointing blogspot with my domain.

In this part, I’ll describe step taken to make has it’s own email hosted in google apps.

The only requirement to follow this step is have an account in google.

Refer to this post about google account.

Lets begin 🙂

1. Signup for google apps

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Free Blog on Your Own Domain with Free Email Hosting Part 1

Finally I buy paid hosting for my domain and I got free .info domain for 1 year.

Now I’m waiting for transfer domain process and I just think about using my domain for blogging too 😉

I’ll start this blog ( from scratch and host it in blogspot.

At the end of this process I get :

1. Blogspot blog with my own domain (

2. My own email [email protected], will be host by google using google apps ( free version)

I consider it as ‘from zero to one’ process, so I’ll make it as series, might be usefull for anyone who want to start blogging with his/her own domain.

Uncle Ben or aunt May may use blog too as alternative writing media beside watching soap opera 🙂

Here’s the general process :

1. Setting dns at domain registrar and register for account in .

2. Register account at blogspot and configure blogpot to use my domain as url address.

3. Testing phase, stop writing start blogging 🙂

Ok, let start from part 1 ( Setting dns at domain registrar and register for account in

1. My idea in the beginning are hosting blog at blogpot and hosting email at google apps.

To accomodate those things I need more flexible dns management.

I prefer to use .

Mydomain provide powerfull dns management for free not only for top level domain but also for other country domain like .id (Indonesia).

To use mydomain I must change dns entry to point to mydomain dns server :

Input this data to my domain control panel :


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