OPNsense

How to Access Your Modem's Web Interface with OPNsense

How to Access Your Modem's Web Interface with OPNsense

Unsure how to access your modem's web interface when using OPNsense?

Modems have a web-based interface which allows you to view information about the status of your modem including signal strength and quality as well as logs about the connectivity to your ISP. The information can be a useful diagnostic tool when troubleshooting various issues. You may also view the firmware version to see if you are using the latest version. The IP address to access the modem’s web interface is often 192.
Deploy Nginx Proxy Manager in a DMZ with OPNsense

Deploy Nginx Proxy Manager in a DMZ with OPNsense

Are you interested in deploying a reverse proxy in your network?

The topic of reverse proxies can be difficult or confusing to understand when you are new to the concept. Understanding when you might want to use a reverse proxy may be more difficult than understanding how it functions as you build out a more advanced home network. I had considered using a reverse proxy in my network for a while but did not take the time to explore the idea until now.
How to Configure OPNsense for a Directly Connected PC or Server

How to Configure OPNsense for a Directly Connected PC or Server

Are you wanting to configure an interface in OPNsense for a directly connected PC or other device?

One of the most common ways to set up a home network with OPNsense is to use the following configuration: Internet > modem > OPNsense > network switch(es) > end devices/wireless access points. Many network appliances will have more than 2 ports/interfaces. You may use the extra ports to attach network switches or other devices you may have on your network including PCs, laptops, game consoles, media servers/players, and wireless access points.
How to Create a VLAN Only Interface in OPNsense

How to Create a VLAN Only Interface in OPNsense

Is it possible to create a VLAN interface without using the physical parent interface in OPNsense?

I was recently assigned a laptop to use for work so I wanted to create a new VLAN only for my work laptop to keep it segregated from my own network. On my OPNsense box, I have extra unused interfaces. I decided to take the opportunity to utilize one of those extra interfaces instead of adding yet another VLAN to my main LAN interface. There are two ways I could utilize the unused interface: use the physical interface with no VLAN tagging or assign a VLAN to the physical interface.
Harden Your Home Network Against Network Intrusions

Harden Your Home Network Against Network Intrusions

Configure intrusion detection in OPNsense

The Internet is full of malicious actors looking to take advantage of insecure networks and devices. While corporate and government targets may be the biggest targets because of the valuable data they possess, home users still need to be cautious. Phishing attacks usually via email is the most common attack for home users. Fortunately, those attacks are typically easy to avoid by alert users who do not blindly click every attachment and web link contained in their emails.