Beginners Are Building Their Own Fortune500 Grade Firewalls!
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Beginners Are Building Their Own Fortune500 Grade Firewalls!

With Free PfSense Firewall Software, I hold your hand as you turn a regular PC into a Fortune500 Grade Firewall in 1hr!
3.8 (46 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
367 students enrolled
Created by Brian Franklin
Last updated 1/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand the Basic Functions of a Firewall vs a Router
  • Install PFsense Enterprise Firewall Software, Step-by-Step
  • Configure a working PFsense Firewall for Basic Functionality
  • Tour the highlights of the PfSense GUI - Graphicsl User Interface
  • Internet Access
  • Blank CD and CD Burner
  • Network Card(s)
  • Laptop, Notebook, or PC with wired network connection and Internet access
  • A spare, working PC with at least Pentium 4 CPU, 1GB RAM, 10GB HDD, wired network connection, CD Drive
  • Small Ethernet Switch
  • 3 Ethernet Patch Cables

Hi I’m Brian,

I have personally configured and installed over 100 routers and firewalls, ranging in price from $50 to over $100,000 (Yes, over $100k!).

In my years of experience, I've always been on the look-out for 'next great thing'.
When it comes to firewalls, I think I have found it!

Enroll in my course and I'll show you how I take an ordinary PC and transform it into a corporate grade firewall...using FREE Software!

I avoid the tech talk and explain each step in a very down to earth, easy to understand fashion. I would dare say you might even find firewalls delightful after taking this course!

I show you step by step how I install and configure the PfSense firewall software on an ordinary computer, one that was headed for recycling.

Every day, our client's networks are protected by PfSense firewall software. You can learn how too!

This course is designed for beginners.
I've avoided all the fluff and only focus on what's needed to get your PfSense firewall up and running in the shortest amount of time.

I'll be adding additional lectures on a regular basis - intermediate and advanced topics.

I step you through:
- PC Preparation
- Software Downloading
- PfSense CD Creation
- Installation
- Configuration

What my Course IS NOT:

This is not boring, copy and paste theory from the web. This is step-by-step, look over my shoulder, setup, installation, and configuration of powerful corporate grade firewall software.

This is not regurgitated generic tech info. I install firewalls for a living for real clients. I know what I am talking about!

If you install firewalls or are just a firewall hobbyist, this course is for you.

As always - 30 day money back guarantee!

So Don’t Delay, Enroll Today!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners hands on course for anyone who installs firewalls or would like to learn how to
  • This course is suited for beginners with basic knowledge of computers and connections
  • This course is also suiited for I.T. professionals looking for an alternative to expensive big name firewalls
  • These is not an advanced firewall course
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 01:22:05
+ Introduction to PFSense: No Confusing Tech Talk
4 lectures 06:37
Pre Course Activity
2 questions

Students Gain a Basic Understanding of The PFSense Firewall Software

Preview 02:33

Learn the difference between the two

Preview 02:20
Today's Firewalls

A Graphic Displaying a Typical Home / Small Business Network

Home / Small Business Network
Section 1 Exercise
3 questions
+ PFSense Equipment List: Very Low Budget
2 lectures 04:28

Complete List of Equipment Needed to Build and Manage Your PFSense Firewall

Get The Gear

Basic Overview on NICs - Network Interface Cards (aka Network Adapters)

Preview 02:30
+ Software Downloads: All You Need Make Your Own PFSense CD
3 lectures 07:02

Download the PFSense Firewall Software


Download and install 7-Zip Unzipping Software for the PFSense Download File

Burn your PFSense ISO file to CD or DVD
Create the PFsense Bootable CD
+ Equipment Setup and Review: Almost ready to install
1 lecture 01:21

Let's Review Your Network Setup: Workstation > Switch > PfSense > Internet

Preview 01:21
+ PFSense Installation: Let the Magic Begin!
2 lectures 06:06

Step-by-Step PfSense Installation

PFSense Installation

I use Virtualization to Record the PC Installation

Virtual Box
+ PFSense Preliminary Configuration: Get Your Firewall Started the Right Way
2 lectures 05:04

Now that PfSense has been installed, next step is to assign/configure the network cards

NIC Config
MAC Addresses
+ PFSense Configuration: I'll Hold Your Hand Screen by Screen
4 lectures 14:57

Details on the Hardware I use for my Pfsense Installation

My PfSense Setup
Your Workstation Network Settings
1 page

Here we login to your new PfSense firewall from your workstation. After this lecture, your PfSense firewall is ready to use!

Preview 13:00
1 page
+ The Power of Pfsense
2 lectures 00:00

Screenshot shows PfSense's continuous operation without a reboot for over 900 days

1 page

PfSense is used as the backbone router/firewall for a 3 site organization on an AT&T OPT-E-MAN Network

MAN UP! - Metropolitan Area Network and PfSense
2 pages
+ Bonus Information: A Must See to Deepen Your Understanding
3 lectures 31:29

NAT - Network Address Translation (by Pieter De Decker)

How multiple devices on the LAN simultaneously share a single Internet connection and public IP address

All About NAT

DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (by Pieter De Decker)

How PC's on the LAN obtain their IP address and other settings automatically

What is Your Address?

DNS - Domain Name System (by Pieter De Decker)

How PC's convert Internet names like and to an IP address

What is Your Name?