pfSense Simple Home Configuration - 2.4.3 / 2.4.4
Starting from Scratch
This is my personal guide for installing pfSense. I had to make notes to capture the details of the "install from scratch" to ensure I didn't forget the important details. Also, I'm trying to follow the philosophy of building systems with discrete "disposable" components that make a system mutable and less rigid. It does not cover installing any packages like Squid or Suricata as that's way beyond the scope of a basic, functional install.
I migrated from an environment that was at various times running Tomato Toastman 1.28 or Asuswrt-Merlin on Netgear and ASUS routers across four access points (one always acting as the firewall/gateway). It was pretty fast, but had roaming problems, and I was using full Wifi routers with half the stuff disabled. Also, even with 300mb internet service, I found that I could easily swamp the connection and drastically affect VOIP and Wifi Calling without even trying. The only fix was to throttle ever