Pfsense 2.1 on watchguard firebox x6500e still safe / usefull?

  • hello all,

    I have a question: i own a watchguard firebox x6500e with pfsense 2.1 installed,

    Is this config still safe to use?

    I have it running in a lab environment right now and want to use it for my home network as a router / firewall for the time being (in the near future am looking to upgrade to a more suitable solution / box, but for now it would be a terrific steppingstool)

    I am coming off a m0n0wall router / firewall that (as we speak) in still in service and perfoms great to (almost) all my networking needs

    Thx in advance ;)

  • I wouldn't use it as is. Is there some specific reason you can't upgrade it to 2.4.3?

  • Well, last time i used it i tried to upgrade it and it crashed... the guy that sold me the unit said that this was the latest version of pfsense i could run without problems.... so i just took his word on that and never tried it

  • Netgate Administrator

    It won't go to 2.4 as it's 32bit only but you should be able to get to 2.3.5.

    However you might be running an old Nano image on a smaller card. 2GB is the smallest image available for 2.3.X.


  • Thanx Steve,
    I’ll give a try tomorrow and post my finding here

  • @dutchie Post it on the left-hand side.

  • @kom come again??..

  • Allright.... it WORKS!!!!!

    What i did...

    Had an older 4gb cf card that showed dma problems, so i started with a fresh new 16gb card..

    Downloaded pfsense 2.3.5 from the website with nano (embedded) en serial console, i386

    Flashed the card with win32diskimager

    At first i was getting the same dma crap.. so google to the rescue..

    Booted, and when it prompted to go to shell i did that

    Added a line similar to set hint.ata.0.mode=POI4

    That worksed for the install, needed to make it stick during bootup, so waited for the install to complete and did a vi /boot/loader.conf.local

    Added the line (hint.ata.0.mode=POI4) saved the changes :w :q and rebooted the box....

    All worked out... box is running in a test cycle now

    @stephenw10 : can i assume this version of pfsense 2.3.5 is still safe enough to connect to the interwebs as a router / firewall?

  • Netgate Administrator

    Yes. You should see the patch update to 2.3.5p2 available. That is the current version though it's likely to be the last release in the 2.3.5 branch.


  • @dutchie 'Twas but a jest...

    Youtube Video

    Riffing on "Pass the dutchie on the left-hand side..."

    I'll see myself out.

  • Netgate Administrator

    @kom said in Pfsense 2.1 on watchguard firebox x6500e still safe / usefull?:

    'Twas but a jest...

    Ha! See, that's the very purpose of emoticons. 😉

  • Gentlemen,

    I would like to thank you for resurrection the x6500e,

    It’s in working condition right now, and i am happy with it (allthough it still produces a lot of noise even with the fans spinning at BB in the bios)

    This box will be a great steppingstool to learn about pfsense and upgrade later to a dedicated box with more hardware power

    Thx again for all you help ;)

  • Netgate Administrator

    You can set the fans to a lower speed using WGXepc. BB (or maybe BA) is the lowest speed the BIOS can take because the fan tacho reading for some reason hits a limit and hangs. Once booted though you can go lower.

    32bit binary that should run on your box. It been a while since I tried the 32bit version though the last box I had still ran it at 2.3.4.

    Source code if it doesn't and you need to recompile it:


  • @stephenw10 I couldn't find the emoticon of Elon Musk holding a spliff.

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