Add pfsense to existing freebsd installation?



  • Is it possible to add the scripts etc that constitute pfsense to an existing freebsd installation?



  • Nope.

    pfSense itself is a complete FreeBSD distribution with lots of tweaks and 'grabbing here and there'.
    The work adn time needed to install it to a regular distro way exceeds the money saved from not using a dedicated machine for this. And hardware requirements a so low that basically any old PC can be used.
    Apart from security where it simply does not make sense. It's a firewall.



  • @PC_PC_PC:

    Is it possible to add the scripts etc that constitute pfsense to an existing freebsd installation?

    On a jail it would be simpler but there are iirc ~20 patches to the kernel and more than 10 ports patched not synchronized upstream that makes this not a simple task.

    I do not see the point in doing it anyway.



  • The reason I was asking is because I have one machine at home that acts kind of like a swiss army knife for me, anything from test machine to file server to output the occasional video to tv. I just got a second internet connection and was looking to put them together in a WAN with QOS support. Old hardware is not a problem but I dont want to use up more space in a small apartment if I can help it. I was going to configure my bsd system itself but it looked like a lot of hassle and I couldnt find a decent article on it, thus I wondered about pfsense.

    Thanks for you help anyway, i'll give a try to configuring my existing system the "hard way".



  • Thought I'd add this here since google doesnt want to share this info. I ended up using the lagg module(import of openbsd trunk, present after fbsd7.0) in freebsd. Easy link aggregation including load-balancing

    http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=lagg

    Mods, I realise this thread doesnt really belong in this forum so feel free to delete it if you deem necessary



  • This is in 1.3.
    Well the other way around this is installing pfSense adn doing customization from the shell.
    It still IS a FreeBSD system :)


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