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!
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

UPDATE 3/17/16: My course went live on November 18, 2015. I already have 164 students!

I recently added Section #8: The Power of Pfsense

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!

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to PFSense: No Confusing Tech Talk
Pre Course Activity
2 questions

Students Gain a Basic Understanding of The PFSense Firewall Software


Learn the difference between the two

Today's Firewalls

A Graphic Displaying a Typical Home / Small Business Network

Section 1 Exercise
3 questions
Section 2: PFSense Equipment List: Very Low Budget

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


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

Section 3: Software Downloads: All You Need Make Your Own PFSense CD

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
Section 4: Equipment Setup and Review: Almost ready to install

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

Section 5: PFSense Installation: Let the Magic Begin!

Step-by-Step PfSense Installation


I use Virtualization to Record the PC Installation

Section 6: PFSense Preliminary Configuration: Get Your Firewall Started the Right Way

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

MAC Addresses
Section 7: PFSense Configuration: I'll Hold Your Hand Screen by Screen

Details on the Hardware I use for my Pfsense Installation

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!

1 page
Section 8: The Power of Pfsense
1 page

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

2 pages

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

Section 9: Bonus Information: A Must See to Deepen Your Understanding

NAT - Network Address Translation (by Pieter De Decker)

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


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

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


DNS - Domain Name System (by Pieter De Decker)

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

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Instructor Biography

Brian Franklin, Network Engineer

Brian Franklin has over 25 years experience providing network solutions. He gained this experience working with some of the nation’s most visible Corporations: Motorola, United Airlines, SBC/ATT, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Mr. Franklin has expertise in all phases of computer network design, implementation, and support. He has made major contributions in establishing and maintaining Hyatt Hotel’s Wide Area Network infrastructure.

Brian has achieved the following professional certifications:
- Network +: CompTia
- MCP: Microsoft Certified Professional
- CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate
- CCNP: Cisco Certified Network Professional

Today, Brian is lead Network Engineer for Net-Telligence Group, Inc in Chicago.

Though Brian wears many technical hats, his primary focus is LAN / WAN / VoIP Engineering.

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