PfSense University



  • I recently purchased a sg-2440 for my home network because I value my data and hear far to many horror stories about being compromised.  I love pfSense so far.

    I was looking at the option of enrolling for training, but I am concerned it may be far too advanced for a home network.  Has there been any thought or consideration to offering official training aimed at home users?  I am one who would jump on such an offering.

    Thanks,

    Jerold



  • Hi Jerold,

    Having traversed the same path, I highly recommend the pfsense guide here: https://www.amazon.com/pfSense-Definitive-Christopher-M-Buechler/dp/0979034280

    While it is outdated in terms of the UI in the book, the concepts explained within are still very relevant

    Cheers



  • It's definitely not tailored towards a home user, the coverage might start a bit over your head, and probably covers mostly things you're not interested in as a home user.

    The book is the best resource I'd recommend. While the old out of print version Keljian linked does have a lot of relevant theory, that's also 7 years out of date at this point. I'd recommend the gold subscription and checking out the latest up-to-date version of it, and some of the hang out recordings on topics you're interested in. You'd get a lot more out of that for a lot less money as a home user.



  • I did purchase gold at the same time as purchasing the Sg2440 and to help support the project and get access to the documentation.    I will continue to use the pdf but I did forget about the hangouts recordings.    Looking forward to checking those out and for now I'll save 900 dollars on the class.



  • I have also some good books that are not all 100% targeting pfSense it selfs, but it is constantly leading you
    step by step to a  good stage of knowledge that will be 100% enough for building a home network and getting
    enough knowledge to understand the most thinks.

    Network-Fibel (written in German language)
    Explains words and terms, what they are meaning, how they works, for what they will be used

    Network Intrusion Detection 3rd edition Paperback (2002)
    Shown you up all about TCP/IP packets and their meaning (nice to know for using wireshark, snort, suricata,..)

    pfSense book 1
    As shown in the link above, not really actual but relevant to pfSense and how it works and all his capabilities

    pfSense book 2
    Mastering pfSense, give you deeper knowledge about the configuration of your firewall

    pfSense book 3
    pfSense cookbook, lead you deeper in the system and its abilities to unleash the full potential of it

    Squid book
    Squid The beginners guide is telling how Squid works and what you can do for tuning it

    Snort book
    Snort IDS/IPS, how it works, what it does and for what it is

    At last the Gold membership and the hangouts or group wise working on special themes would be
    rounding up that knowledge and let you also being able to get the right things for your home network.

    It depends also mostly on what you are interested and how much time and money you want to spend
    for that action, but as today networking will be more and more reaching the latest corners of the whole
    live of us all, and so it could be also seen more as normal. Also if you only will be using pfSense as a
    firewall, without additional packets the three pfSense books will be enough for long cold winter evenings.



  • @BlueKobold:

    I have also some good books that are not all 100% targeting pfSense it selfs, but it is constantly leading you
    step by step to a  good stage of knowledge that will be 100% enough for building a home network and getting
    enough knowledge to understand the most thinks.

    Network-Fibel (written in German language)
    Explains words and terms, what they are meaning, how they works, for what they will be used

    Network Intrusion Detection 3rd edition Paperback (2002)
    Shown you up all about TCP/IP packets and their meaning (nice to know for using wireshark, snort, suricata,..)

    pfSense book 1
    As shown in the link above, not really actual but relevant to pfSense and how it works and all his capabilities

    pfSense book 2
    Mastering pfSense, give you deeper knowledge about the configuration of your firewall

    pfSense book 3
    pfSense cookbook, lead you deeper in the system and its abilities to unleash the full potential of it

    Squid book
    Squid The beginners guide is telling how Squid works and what you can do for tuning it

    Snort book
    Snort IDS/IPS, how it works, what it does and for what it is

    At last the Gold membership and the hangouts or group wise working on special themes would be
    rounding up that knowledge and let you also being able to get the right things for your home network.

    It depends also mostly on what you are interested and how much time and money you want to spend
    for that action, but as today networking will be more and more reaching the latest corners of the whole
    live of us all, and so it could be also seen more as normal. Also if you only will be using pfSense as a
    firewall, without additional packets the three pfSense books will be enough for long cold winter evenings.

    Thank you very much for the book selections!



  • I hope you guys are happy.

    I spent my entire $200 steam sale budget on used books.