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texasPI

What (in your opinion) are must have packages? I just setup a new pfsense installation (first one) and so far I have snort and the antivirus package (can't recall name). Any other useful tips or tricks?

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ikon

My most important pfSense package is.................., wait for it, Untangle :D

 

Seriously, is the AV you're asking about Clam by any chance?

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texasPI

Ha! Actually, I blew away my untangle installation to install pfsense. I think that's it (clam). Are you running pfsense and untangle? In a VM by any chance?

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No. I thought about it, but Untangle has worked so well for me I decided to leave it alone (OK, I was lazy too) ;)

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texasPI

I had been running untangle, almost a year. I ran into a strange problem that I was not able to fix. My wireless access point quit working out of the blue so I swapped it with a known good one. Still no dice. I then tried a third and it would still not get an Internet connection. I tried everything, including a fresh install of untangle, to no avail. Checked switches, cables, etc. to no avail.

 

I then ran pfsense from a live cd and I was back up and running. So I just installed to hard disk and I'm running that for now.

 

I've have a VMware box running VMs of pfsense and untangle so I may go live with it later this week when I have a chance and see how they play with each other.

 

 

Erik

 

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I like untangle, but like you ran into some strange issues. pfSense has run rock solid for me for a long time now. The packages I run are ( I am on v1.2.3):

  • Country Block
  • Dashboard
  • IP-Blocklist
  • RRD Summary (don't really care about this one)
  • Rate

I ran Snort and HAVP antivirus for a while, but IMO Claim is a weak AV and Snort takes some tweaking to get it running correctly. I have also run bandwidthd, darkstat, ntop, Squid, Lightsquid and squidGuard, but none of those are running at the moment. I need to decide if I am going to bring untangle back in the mix as a transparent bridge for filtering, or just beef up pfSense. I just have to make sure it doesn't screw with the broadcasting of my podcast and just have not had time to test it.

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texasPI

I like untangle, but like you ran into some strange issues. pfSense has run rock solid for me for a long time now. The packages I run are ( I am on v1.2.3):

  • Country Block
  • Dashboard
  • IP-Blocklist
  • RRD Summary (don't really care about this one)
  • Rate

I ran Snort and HAVP antivirus for a while, but IMO Claim is a weak AV and Snort takes some tweaking to get it running correctly. I have also run bandwidthd, darkstat, ntop, Squid, Lightsquid and squidGuard, but none of those are running at the moment. I need to decide if I am going to bring untangle back in the mix as a transparent bridge for filtering, or just beef up pfSense. I just have to make sure it doesn't screw with the broadcasting of my podcast and just have not had time to test it.

 

Thanks for confirming that I'm not neurotic! I really liked untangle but the problem I experienced was so weird. It just quit working out of the blue. I spent a whole day trying to fix it before nuking it and installing pfSense. There is a steeper learning curve but I got it mostly tweaked the way I want it.

 

Aren't you running a paid anti-virus on pfSense? I seem to recall you mentioning that on here or maybe one of the podcasts.

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I had been running untangle, almost a year. I ran into a strange problem that I was not able to fix. My wireless access point quit working out of the blue so I swapped it with a known good one. Still no dice. I then tried a third and it would still not get an Internet connection. I tried everything, including a fresh install of untangle, to no avail. Checked switches, cables, etc. to no avail.

 

I then ran pfsense from a live cd and I was back up and running. So I just installed to hard disk and I'm running that for now.

 

I've have a VMware box running VMs of pfsense and untangle so I may go live with it later this week when I have a chance and see how they play with each other.

 

 

Erik

 

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This is a standalone wireless AP that's just connected to a switch on your network?

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texasPI

This is a standalone wireless AP that's just connected to a switch on your network?

 

Yeah. It's the router I was using prior to decommissioning it in favor of untangle. I actually had Untangle's internal network cable connected to a LAN port on the access point. That configuration worked fine for almost a year and then it just abruptly stopped working. The AP was still broadcasting a signal and devices could connect but it was not getting access to the internet. I disabled firewalls, intrusion detection, etc in Untangle but nothing worked. I even swapped the dual NIC card with another known good one to no avail.

 

I'm not sure what happened. The same hardware is working fine with pfSense.

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Yeah. It's the router I was using prior to decommissioning it in favor of untangle. I actually had Untangle's internal network cable connected to a LAN port on the access point. That configuration worked fine for almost a year and then it just abruptly stopped working. The AP was still broadcasting a signal and devices could connect but it was not getting access to the internet. I disabled firewalls, intrusion detection, etc in Untangle but nothing worked. I even swapped the dual NIC card with another known good one to no avail.

 

I'm not sure what happened. The same hardware is working fine with pfSense.

 

I'm wondering if UT somehow filtered the MAC address of your router or of the clients.

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