PfSense Install

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  • Install PfSense from ISO [1]
Note: PfSense 1.2.3 requires two network cards.  PfSense 2 doesn't have this limitation.
  • install the pfSense vhosts package by using the pfsense web gui and going to System, packages
  • add a website to the package by going to System, vhosts:
host: fusionpbx.local
ipaddress: LAN interface IP address
port: 8001
directory: fusionpbx.local

After saving your settings you have to go to Status-services and restart the vhosts package

  • install freeswitch from a compiled download. Note that even though pfsense is built on freebsd, there is so much removed from the OS on pfsense in order to make it lean and secure that you don't have enough there to do a compile locally. If you want to compile your own freeswitch you need to do it on a matching version of freebsd and copy it across to pfsense when it is complete.

freeswitch_freebsd7.2.tgz compiled for pfSense 1.2.3 does not include mod_spandsp (fax support) FreeSWITCH Version 1.0.head (git-a2c0da5 2011-02-11 23-10-12 -0600) Started.

 cd /usr/local
 tar xvzf freeswitch_freebsd7.2.tgz -C /usr/local
  • make freeswitch automatically start when the machine starts by going to a shell prompt on the machine and creating /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ using vi. Do this by vi /usr/local/etc/rc.d/

press i (for insert) paste the following:

rc_start() {
        /usr/local/freeswitch/bin/./freeswitch -nc

rc_stop() {
       /usr/local/freeswitch/bin/./freeswitch -stop

case $1 in

Then press ESC (to exit insert mode) and type :wq (to write the file and quit vi)

You can then start freeswitch by typing /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ start

  • setup dns forwarder to point to fusion.local to the LAN IP address using the pfsense web gui - services, dns forwarder:
host: fusionpbx
domain: local
ipaddress: the IP address of the LAN interface
  • Then back at the shell prompt do the following:
 pkg_add -r subversion
 cd /usr/local/vhosts/fusion.local/
 svn checkout

You have now installed freeswitch and fusionpbx and can start to configure it.