After installing pfSense in vmware, how do you access the Webgui

  • Hello,
    I am new to pfSense and freeBSD and vmware, so I'm sure I'm missing something so obvious no one thinks to mention it. I've installed vmware player on a Win7 system and my ipconfig shows two virtual interfaces–I followed the youtube demonstration,, to the letter. Should I be able to connect to pfSense (using Lan IP set up in pfSense) running in vmware from a browser running on the Win7 machine, or do I need to install a browser within my virtual machine where pfSense is running?  Do I need to deactivate the firewall to connect to pfSense through the Webgui? Please advise, any info would be appreciated. Thanks

  • on host: use browser and connect to wan address of your firewall, it's lot easier to know what address it's cause it uses dhcp

    your virtualmachine setting might be on lan nic like this: /24 and first free would be .2
    and pfsense tells to lan to be so the trafic goes nowhere

  • questions:
    this can be configured in your host pc network area connection
    1. for wan nic properties, did you check only "vmware bridged adapter"?
    2. for lan nic properties, did you check everything?
    3. for lan nic tcp/ip, did you put a static ip?

    assuming you did 1 & 2, we will move to 3.
    before accessing webgui
    try to configure your host pc's tcp/ip [lan nic]
    if you use the default lan ip of pfsense, that is,
    so you will do this:

    gateway: (should be based from your lan ip of pfsense)
    preferred dns:

    after doing this, you can now open the webgui by accessing

    hope it helps..

  • I can't access the webGui by putting the WAN ip address in the browser on the host (Win7 hosting vmware)–"Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at". ( is set up as my WAN in pfSense, I can ping it from pfSense):

    This is the ipconfig portion set up on Win7 host for vmware
    Ethernet adapter VMware Network Adapter VMnet1:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
      Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet1
      Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-50-56-C0-00-01
      DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
      Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
      IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
      Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
      Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
      NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    On pfSense:
    WAN(wan)  -> em0 ->

    Thanks for any assistance or suggestions

  • I am using VMware Player - not workstation, maybe that's why these answers don't make sense to me. Can someone explain the connection between pfSense IP addresses, VMware IP addresses, and Host Computer IP addresses?

    I'm sure I'm missing something obvious.

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