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Author Topic: pfSense on a RPi4B  (Read 168 times)

tiffy

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pfSense on a RPi4B
« on: October 27, 2020, 12:57:09 PM »

Wondering if anyone has had any success running pfSense on a RPi4B ?

Have read conflicting information especially regarding the 64bit capability of the RPi4B with respect to the running of the current 64bit pfSense program.

I have available a 2 Gb RAM RPi4B with a USB-3 connected, bootable, SSD and can add an additional ethernet port via a USB-3 adaptor.
Would like to have a "play" with pfSense and can't justify the outlay for a small dedicated, multi-port PC at present.

PS. Hope this is an appropriate forum area, chosen as the only location I can find with previous reference to pfSense.

Edit: Typo correction.   
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Re: pfSense on a RPi4B
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 03:58:31 PM »

PS. Hope this is an appropriate forum area, chosen as the only location I can find with previous reference to pfSense.

I can't think of anywhere more appropriate.  :)
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Re: pfSense on a RPi4B
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 07:38:25 PM »

I haven't tried it on a Pi but have you considered playing with pfSense in a virtual machine? Or you could use a bootable USB stick?
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Re: pfSense on a RPi4B
« Reply #3 on: Today at 02:23:31 AM »

As I understand it pfSense only do ARM builds for their own appliances, the community edition is strictly x86 only.
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Re: pfSense on a RPi4B
« Reply #4 on: Today at 09:48:49 AM »

OPNSense, the fork of PFSense, has an unofficial custom Raspberry Pi build: https://forum.opnsense.org/index.php?topic=14875.0

Not tried it, the only things I have tried are OpenWRT and IPFire on a Pi.

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Re: pfSense on a RPi4B
« Reply #5 on: Today at 11:14:07 AM »

Thanks to all for the interest, looks like pfSense is currently a non-starter even on the latest Rpi-4B model.

Will investigate the other options/programs suggested in greater detail, good project for the long "Covid-19" restricted winter, assuming survival !
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Re: pfSense on a RPi4B
« Reply #6 on: Today at 12:54:14 PM »

OPNSense, the fork of PFSense, has an unofficial custom Raspberry Pi build: https://forum.opnsense.org/index.php?topic=14875.0

Not tried it, the only things I have tried are OpenWRT and IPFire on a Pi.
I tested OPNsense for a while last year and I really liked it, I think the interface is better than pfSense, the downside for me was that it needs more resources to run (or thats what I found on my APU2C4 router) and I couldn't get it to load balance properly so I went back to pfSense again.

Maybe if I had persevered ....

I would have thought OpenWRT would be a good bet, although I haven't tried it myself
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