Connecting your new pfSense router to the network

Posted by Natalia Wieczorek on 

Once you have received the parcel from us, follow these steps to connect your new router to the network.

1. Unpack the box and take out the router

2. Connect the network cables

Unless you specified otherwise, device will come pre-configured with Port 0 as WAN and port 1 as LAN.

WAN (wan) -> igb0 -> DHCP
LAN (lan) -> igb1 -> v4:

Port 0 is the one closest to the serial port. Connect your internet cable into the WAN port and your switch (or access point) to LAN as shown on the photo:

If you have ordered 3-port router, your LAN port will be in the middle, and the third port will be left unconfigured. 

3. Connect the power adapter

Connect the power plug into your router before connecting it into the wall. 

APU boards have very low ESR input capacitors. To avoid arcing on the DC jack, please plug in the DC jack first, then plug the AC adapter into the wall.

4. APU board is booting 

Your router should now boot. It will take about a minute. Once it's booted you will hear a few beeps / happy sound.

5. Connect to the web interface.

If you chose pfSense for your router, you should now be able to connect from your computer via the web interface to the pfSense web control panel at: 

Default username and password to pfSense are:

Username: admin 
Password: pfsense

If you have IPFire installed, the default username and password are:

Username: admin / root
Password: ipfire

Number 1 should show your gateway IP. This will typically be your public IP.

Number 2 should show a local IP of your router: 

Number 3 should show "online".

If it's not showing "online" immediately, give it a minute or two. It may take a short while for your ISP to assign an IP to your new router via DHCP.

Something's wrong? Check out troubleshooting page.