Advice on which FreeBSD firewall package to choose.

Brett Davidson brett at
Sun Jan 7 23:16:54 UTC 2007

Thanks to everyone who responded.

It looks like pfsense will do the job nicely.


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric [mailto:heli at] 
Sent: Friday, 5 January 2007 10:52 a.m.
To: Brett Davidson
Cc: questions at
Subject: Re: Advice on which FreeBSD firewall package to choose.

Brett Davidson wrote:
> Before I start, I'm familiar with IPTables from Linux but am wanting 
> to use FreeBSD as a firewalling router after seeing it in action on a 
> heavily-loaded webserver. I like the efficiency of the TCP stack.
> Upon reading the handbook I found that I can have my choice of three 
> firewalls; pf, iptables and ipfw.
> What would be the most useful (and easiest) package to use given the 
> following scenario:
> A FreeBSD router comprising of four physical interfaces -
> 	Eth0 is the outside 10Mbyte/s cable connection to the Internet.
> 	Eth1 is a 100Mbit DMZ housing a webserver.
> 	Eth2 is a 100Mb DMZ housing a 802.11g Wireless Access Router. 
> 	(My normal preference is to isolate Wireless LANs from physical 
> LANS).
> 	Eth3 is the inside LAN. 
> Software-based VPN connections out from both the Inside LAN and 
> Wireless DMZ are required. (Allowing VPN tunnels through the firewall;

> not tunnels terminated at the firewall).
> Against prudence, they wish to allow torrent connections to the inside

> lan and ICQ connections to both the Inside LAN and the Wireless DMZ. 
> The torrent and ICQ connections will need to be bandwidth-managed so 
> that is a major consideration for the choice of which firewall to use.

> Is there an equivalent to HTB on FreeBSD?
> I look forward to your answers...
> Regards,
> Brett.
i believe pf is the most modern and cleanest/easiest syntax to use. it
is actively developed and lots of people use it. You can set up priority
on bandwidth in pf as well, so it should meet all your requirements

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