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Using the pfSense Dashboard

The pfSense® dashboard is the main page of the firewall, and it makes monitoring various aspects of the system easy. Returning to the dashboard can be accomplished by clicking the logo in the upper left, or by navigating to Status > Dashboard.

The Dashboard is composed of Widgets, each of which display information about a different area of the firewall. The current list of widgets includes (in Alphabetical Order):

  • Captive Portal Status

  • Carp Status

  • Dynamic DNS Status

  • Firewall Logs

  • Gateways

  • Gmirror Status

  • HAVP Alerts (installable add-on widget)

  • Installed Packages

  • Interface Statistics

  • Interfaces

  • IPsec Status

  • Load Balancer Status

  • NTP Status

  • OpenVPN Status

  • Pictures

  • RSS Feed

  • Services Status

  • S.M.A.R.T. Status

  • Snort Alerts (installable add-on widget)

  • System Information

  • Thermal Sensors

  • Traffic Graphs

  • Wake on LAN

A widget can be added to the dashboard by clicking fa-plus at the top of the screen, then choosing the widget from the list. Once the widget appears, its placement may be changed by dragging its title bar to another location on the screen. The widget will snap into place in one of two columns, and can be reordered as desired.

Click Save Settings at the top of the screen after making any widget layout changes.

Some widgets will have their own settings, which may be accessed by pressing the wrench icon in their title bar. To save these settings use the Save button inside the widget, not the button at the top of the page.

New widgets may be written as described at Creating Dashboard Widgets.