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The core func­tion­al­ity of pfSense will be enough for some. It com­pe­tently re­places all of the main func­tions of a router, and of­fers ex­tra net­work pro­tec­tion. But there’s more on of­fer, if you want it. Head to “Sys­tem / Pack­age Man­ager / Avail­able Pack­ages” to see all the add-ons in its hol­ster—there’s every­thing from com­mu­nity-driven in­tru­sion de­tec­tion sys­tem Snort to net­work dis­cov­ery fa­vorite NMap, each of which can be added with just a cou­ple of clicks.

If you have a del­i­cate fam­ily to pro­tect from the hor­rors of the In­ter­net, you might want to look at squidGuard, which adds a fully con­fig­urable URL fil­ter to HTTP and HTTPS traf­fic, ei­ther whitelist­ing your cho­sen sites or black­list­ing a list of known de­viant lo­cales. You can set it to act only on cho­sen lo­cal IP ad­dresses—con­fig­ure your kids’ lap­tops with a static IP, and you can force them into a walled gar­den In­ter­net with­out af­fect­ing your own abil­ity to browse. Note that squidGuard and other URL fil­ters can slow down brows­ing, and put a heavy load on your pfSense box, par­tic­u­larly if you use an ex­ten­sive black­list, so use spar­ingly.

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