Category: pfSense

Upgrade pfSense 2.2.6 to 2.3.1_5

Because I’m doing night-school, I don’t have that much free time any more. That’s why my pfSense firewall was still running on version 2.2.6. But now it’s school holidays, so let’s upgrade 🙂

Below some screenshots of the upgrade process…


pfSense version 2.2.6 is running:

pfSense2.2.6

Start the update process:

pfSense2.2.6.update

pfSense2.2.6.update9%

pfSense2.2.6.update100%

pfSense2.2.6.upgrade


After reboot:

pfSense2.3.1.login

pfSense2.3.1.boot

pfSense2.3.1.packages

pfSense2.3.1


Update to version 2.3.1_5:

pfSense2.3.1.update

pfSense2.3.1.updatebase

pfSense2.3.1.updateextract


Everything went without a problem 🙂

pfSense2.3.1_5

So, finally I’m running the latest version of pfSense…

Upgrade pfsense 2.1.5 to 2.2.2

My firewall is a ALIX2D13 with pfsense. And, shame on me, I was still running pfsense 2.1.5. I don’t have to work today, so, time to upgrade.
pfsense.2.1.5

Before starting the upgrade process, I opened the case of my ALIX2D13 and removed the CF-card.

CF½

Then, I’ve put the CF card in a USB card reader to make a backup with ‘dd’. Just to be safe, in case the upgrade process fails, I can easily switch back to the old version.

CFlaptop

After the backup was ready, I’ve started the upgrade process, which worked without any problems. Finally my firewall is back up to date 🙂

pfsense.2.2.2

OpenVPN pfSense <-> android

I was looking for a way to setup a VPN between my android-device and my home network which is connected to the internet by pfSense (on a ALIX2D13).

Because I have not enough knowledge to setup it by myself, I was googling for information and found a very good written step by step article at https://www.highlnk.com/2013/12/configuring-openvpn-on-pfsense/.

The only problem was that on the client side this article doesn’t talk about android. Luckily the setup on android is not that difficult with the OpenVPN Client Export Utility. Just select Android.

openVPN_export_android

On the android-device it’s just a matter of installing OpenVPN for android and importing the configuration file by selecting the file symbol.

openVPN_file

After that, it just works™ 🙂

openVPN_:-)

openVPN_:-))

pfSense on ALIX 2D13

One of my favourite internet-“television”-shows is TechSnap on jupiterbroadcasting.com. On TechSnap 66 there was an interesting user feedback of Felim about installing pfSense on a little ALIX 2D13 box.


[ 28m20s – 30m40s ]

So, I’ve ordered an ALIX 2D13 at Gooze with a ALIX wireless kit and installed pfSense on it.

I’m very happy with it. pfSense works very nice and adding rules to the firewall is very understandable, even for a network noob like me 😉