Build a Low Power pfSense Router

When I was setting up my home file server, I wanted to have external access to it when I was away. Simple enough, I would just open the admin panel of my wireless router, open a few ports and viola. I can now access it remotely. Then, as I wanted to start doing more things like configuring multiple public IP addresses, multiple LAN sub-nets, bandwidth allocation, it became apparent that my seemingly robust router only scratched the surface. If I was going to configure my network to handle the connections I needed, I would need something a little more sophisticated. That is where pfSense comes in.

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Because I’m the type of person that would prefer to build something myself than just buy something off the rack, I looked into a handle of options. One was to flash the firmware of a Linksys router with¬†http://www.dd-wrt.com/, but the reviews seemed hit and miss. I did look into commercial options, but while I was willing to spend some money, most of these were out of my price range. I then came across¬†http://www.pfsense.org/. After reading through all the documentation, reading reviews and a handful of YouTube videos it became apparent that this would do what I needed, and I could build it too.

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