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Hardware / Re: Mini itx build with active cooling
« on: Yesterday at 05:19:06 am »
If it's for a home network, get a Gigabyte H270N and remove the wifi card. Motherboard has 2 Intel Nic.

If your ambient peak temp is 48C, run a 240 radiator water cooler and look for a bigger case and a good thermal paste. The smaller the case the more it will radiate heat.

I know it sounds crazy but heat is my number one enemy on ITX build. They don't last that long on hot weather climate. 

 Also make sure you have a good quality power supply.

Update the bios and run latest Pfsense on UEFI with ZFS partition.

OpenVPN / Re: DNS leaks using OpenVPN client tunnel
« on: March 21, 2018, 07:30:26 pm »
On Dns resolver I used Network Interface = Lan, Expressvpn, Localhost.

Outgoing Network = Wan, Lan, Expressvpn, Local host.

OpenVPN / Re: DNS leaks using OpenVPN client tunnel
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:11:10 pm »
I use the 2 ExpressVPn DNS on 1st and 2nd tab and Google DNS on 3rd and 4th = None

OpenVPN / Re: DNS leaks using OpenVPN client tunnel
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:51:44 pm »
Go to status/ DNS resolver/ General settings.  Make sure your DNS resolver is functioning properly first. Then go to General system setup and input the 2 DNS media streamer provided with Expressvpn. on drop down use "ExressVPN_DHCP-Opt1".

IDS/IPS / I need opinion if I really need Suricata
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:54:54 pm »
I am currently using Pfsense 2.4.2 release P1 for geolocation unblocking on openvpn. I use Ubiquiti Ap and switch on Vlan for smart tv. It's a simple home network with no other servers. Roku and Apple tv are connected to Expressvpn for geolocation unblocking. I am connected on symetrical 100 fiber.

My current Pfsense box consist of a Kabylake G4600 dual core with hyperthreading cpu with AES-Ni, 8 gig of ddr4 ram, Intel i350 T4 nic, 2 ssd on ZFS mirror.

I use DNS resolver, Pfblocker, CRON. No traffic shaping.

I am pretty happy with my current setup.

Question is Do I really need Suricata?

Is my current Pfsense capable of  running Suricata?

If I decide to install Suricata should I use the WAN and Lan interface, Openvpn?

Legacy mode or Inline?

I check FreeBSD website about the bug and it seems there was some modification done several days ago.

I just want a followup on Pfsense developers if there is an update fix on Apollo Lake issue? I am still on current and wanted to upgrade to 2.4.

OpenVPN / Re: Extremely Low Download Speed (0.5mbps?!) ExpressVPN
« on: December 29, 2017, 07:09:08 pm »
I am also using Expessvpn and I am 14K miles away from the nearest west coast server. It helps if your CPU supports Intel AES New Instructions.

On my Cryptographic settings, I use  Hardware Crytpo=BSD Cryptodev engine.

My VPN speed and latency depends on the time of the day. I do not expect to be consistent due to my distance. On my 50/50 symmetrical fiber connection, I get 40 Mbps downlink / 20 Mbps uplink and latency of 151.

I use ExpressVPN for geolocation blocking on my streaming devices such as  Roku and Apple tv, Banking and shopping online on certain devices. I leave the rest connected to my local ISP.

Expressvpn customer support does know anything about Pfsense and they would just provide you a link on how to install Pfsense on Expressvpn.

Wireless / Re: How do I integrate Unifi Ac lite to Pfsense
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:25:50 pm »
.So in order for this to work, Do I Just adopt the Unifi ac lite and plug this on my switch on the same subnet (

Should work, might be better posting on the Ubiquity forum.

Ubiquiti has their own ecosystem and they want you to use their own. You guys are more experience integrating Unifi to pfsense.

Wireless / Re: How do I integrate Unifi Ac lite to Pfsense
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:10:47 pm »
Thank you johnpoz  and NogBadTheBad you guys are truly a godsend.

Not clear on what your asking here?  You want 2 different networks for your 2.4 and 5.. Or you just want this imac to use only 2.4 and not 5?  You could create a SSID that is only 2.4 just for the imac to use, etc.  You can have up to 8 SSIDs as long as you don't use wireless uplinks - if you do then your limited to 4.

Just for clarification on why I prefer to use the 5ghz band on iMac is because Apple Bluetooth 4.0 and wifi 2.4/5ghz are integrated into 1 card on Broadcom BCM94360CD. If I connect to connect to a 2.4 band, Bluetooth trackpad and mouse gets disconnected and the cursor has a mind of its own. This has been experienced by other Apple users blaming Apple Bluetooth devices getting disconnected. Apple advises its customer to use the 5ghz band on wifi so it will not conflict with their Bluetooth. this is  the reason why I ask the forum how to segregate the 2.4/5 GHz band on unifi ap.

Wireless / Re: How do I integrate Unifi Ac lite to Pfsense
« on: December 04, 2017, 11:31:41 pm »
I am currently using NETGEAR GS305 5-Port Gigabit switch. I am not quite sure if this is sufficient enough.

But I have no problem getting the Dlink Switch from Amazon.

I bought 2 individual Unifi Ac lite and it comes with port injector 2 days ago. Using a phone app is easy but how do I segregate the 2.4 and 5 ghz on unifi Ac Lite? I am using an Imac with 3 bluetooth devices connected (Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse) if I use the 2.4 band, I have problem with bluetooth devices. On 5ghz I have no problem.

So in order for this to work, Do I Just adopt the Unifi ac lite and plug this on my switch on the same subnet (

Wireless / How do I integrate Unifi Ac lite to Pfsense
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:29:48 pm »
I just build my new Pfsense box 2.3.5 and would like to use 2 Unifi Ac Lite. I use pfsense for 10 wifi clients (Mac, IOS devices, Thinkpad laptop)  and 3 wired Roku connected to OpenVPN on selective routing.

Current setup:

Bridge Fiber modem (50 Dwn/50 Up) > Pfsense (Intel i340 T4 nic, > 5 port unmanaged gigabit switch > 2 Asus router as Wap.

I just want a simple setup and use Unifi Ac lite. My objectives are just to transition my off the shelf router I used before to Pfsense using one subnet.

How do I integrate Unifi Ac lite to Pfsense?

Do I need to buy a managed switch and Ubiquiti Unifi Cloud Key?

Any suggestions?

Parts list:

2 Unifi Ac lite with injector

Ubiquiti Unifi Cloud Key

Ubiquiti Networks PoE 48V 0.5A


Ubiquiti US-8 Unifi Switch


Hardware / Re: PF Sense 2.4 with Asrock J3455-ITX
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:37:17 pm »
I am in the same dilemma on Asrock J3455B ITX. Currently, I am on 2.3.5 and there is an upgrade to 2.4.1.

Can I just go to Edit/Boot/loader.conf.local and paste hint.hpet.0.clock="0" on GUI and do the upgrade to 2.4.1? Or do I have to do a clean install?

Yes - It is very odd that netflix would work but not amazon.  Its probably a simple fix.  We can see after you post your final configuration. 

This could be a DNS issue.  You might want to find out if your VPN provider has their own dedicated reliable DNS IP and use that. 

The problem I have with and is those can connect you to many different servers depending on your location.

In my laptop off the VPN from Manila when I ping, its 30ms

When in my vpn I use my remote pfsense LAN IP as my DNS server IP.  When I ping that IP, it shows about 250ms.  Far away as it should be.

When I ping in the vpn, again over 250ms.  So, it is being tunneled properly.

We might want to do that test with you to be sure that the DNS servers you are connecting to are physically in the USA and not close by.

Could be something else though.  Not sure.  Its strange.

I talk to my local ISP and bought their decommissioned DNS server ($$$$) on a condition that I have a dedicated US DNS connection.

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