Free Bsd Pfsense Install

Apparently, there's no need anymore to bother and maually compile network interface drivers for your pfSense router which happens to have Network Interface Chips by Realtek.

  1. Suricata is typically installed as a plugin in pfSense, a complete enterprise grade, open source, firewall and networking distribution based on FreeBSD. If you happen to run FreeBSD as a desktop here there’s a guide on how to test pfSense on VirtualBox. However you can use Suricata as a standalone software working on network traffic inspection.
  2. I installed FreeBSD 10.3 (with source code; it's an option in the installer) in a virtual machine, which is the same release that my version of pfSense is using. Be sure to use the same release of FreeBSD as the one used in your pfSense box. It might cause problems otherwise. I installed gcc using pkg install gcc. Unfortunately, at this point.
  3. FreeBSD/arm64 supports 64-bit ARMv8 processors and is a Tier 1 architecture as of 13.0. 64-bit ARM platforms follow a set of standard conventions, and a single FreeBSD build will work on hardware from multiple vendors. As a result, FreeBSD provides official releases for.

If you haven't updated yet to the latest pfSense 2.5.0 stable version, please do so . In fact, the drivers are now officially included in a package of FreeBSD which is the operating system that pfSense is built on.

PfSense is an open source firewall or router distribution based on FreeBSD. It is installed on a physical/virtual machine to make a dedicated firewall or router for a network. It can be configured and upgraded through a web-based interface. In this section let’s introduce the most secure way to install a package in pfSense, we should remember that we’re not dealing with a pure FreeBSD, so it’s needed to be careful installing packages from the underlaying OS because we can break our current dependencies, these are the steps I have to follow, this could change depending.

Free Bsd Pfsense Install


From my experience while running my own Homelab and still being involved in the Reddit community for many years on that particular topic.

People have always suffered from Realtek Network Interface Chips because of the poor kernel driver support provided by default on the FreeBSD operating system. Thus, everyone was facing stability issues, and at worst it's leading the ethernet link to be completely out of commission, it's basically unreal.

Meanwhile, the Homelab Community has always been trying to fix the issue, mostly by telling users to manually compile Realtek Drivers which replaces the default buggy and instable ones.

Alright, so the FreeBSD distribution maintainers now provide that solution by default on the system, that's making it much more convenient for users to install a simple package including the compiled drivers, and we can now count them responsible for updates, maintainance and combatibility.

FreeBSD Realtek Network Driver Stability Issueus

Indeed, the default Realtek Network Drivers that are provided by default on the FreeBSD kernel space is a living hell that's causing all sorts of issues! Let me state the some points showing how broken they are:

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  1. When the ethernet link is under load, it doesn’t respond to the software watchdog in time, and thus it resets with a timeout.
  2. Ethernet interfaces go down and up in a sudden for no reason.
  3. You cannot get maximum speed out of the Gigibit link bus.
  4. Realtek Network Chips by default are difinitely unusable on pfSense.

That's it! Feel free to contribute more in the comment section. Basically, in this tutorial we're going to shift the driver all the way from Kernel Space to be replaced with an User Space module.

Install Official Realtek Network Interface Driver

Here we go, navigate to the command line of any client on the network, please make sure that you know the IP address of the target pfSense router device which is in my case.

If you do not have any client that can run command line shell, you can use Putty SSH Client for Windows instead.


Now, we need to SSH into the FreeBSD operating system that's running pfSense, here's how.

Just enter the password that you use for pfSense web control panel, when authenticated successfully make sure to input number 8 into the dialog so that we can access the shell.

We can now tell the package manager on FreeBSD to install the package for us.

Just in case, when it asks for confirmation just input y for 'yes' and be done with it.


Well, I am going to recommend using the web control panel of pfSense instead of the command line for this one, just because it's much easier to use the text editor on gui than command line.

From the browser address bar, navigate to which is serving the web control panel for pfSense in my case.

Okay, now just login and from the menu above navigate to Diagnostics > Edit File and enter /boot/loader.conf.local as the path for the file and then click on 'Load' so that we can work on it.

There should be a square dialog below we're going to tell pfSense to use the newly installed drivers instead, make sure to input the following:

The final step to finish the configuration process is through clicking on that 'Save' button. Now, reboot your pfSense router device which can be done from the menu Diagnostics > Reboot > Submit or the physical hardware button if you prefer.


After reboot, verify if module is installed through SSH again with the 'kldstat' command as shown below.


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Simply, if you can find if_re.ko in the output, it means the newly released Realtek Network Drivers for FreeBSD are properly installed and working as intended.