pfsense very restrictive

  • Hi,
    I'm a newbie mostly working on linux OS. I just wanted to test bsd so i chose pfsense. I frankly think its too restrictive.

    1. Enforcing default policy to drop. No way to change it ( or is there a way )
    2. CLI i find buggy. I added a wan ip adress with gateway. Then i changed the ip address to something else and changed the gateway but the older gateway was still in config. I checked it in config.xml. I'd too reset to get the gateway working
    3. I could find no way to work with confs, if i dont find web-ui adequate.
    4. Added a vlan on lan and i got locked from internet side. I didnt find any reason why I got locked eventhough i configured only the lan side
      My most of work is remote installation and support. I installed and configured from cli and I'm still locked. I simply gave up.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    1. Huh? The default rules on lan for outbound are any any - ie allow all..
    2. No idea what your doing there - the preferred way to admin pfsense is via gui
    3. Again whole idea behind pfsense is gui.. If you don't like/want gui then find another firewall/router distro would be my suggestion.
    4. No idea what you did, so can not answer or even guess to what your problem was.

  • Netgate Administrator

    Um, yeah seems like you might have been better using FreeBSD if you just wanted to try *BSD.

    pfSense is tailored specifically to be a firewall/router and to be mainly configured from the GUI. A lot of what might apply in FreeBSD, such as editing conf files, does not apply in pfSense. All the config is stored in one xml file.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    So he wanted pfsense to just be his bsd box? Yeah not going to be good for that ;)

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