Initial Configuration

Plug the power cable into the power port (shown in the Input and Output Ports section) to turn on the Netgate® Firewall. Allow 4 or 5 minutes to boot up completely.


If your DSL or Cable Modem has a default IP Address of, please disconnect the Ethernet cable from the WAN port on your SG-8860 1U Security Gateway before proceeding. You will need to change the default IP Address of the device during a later step in the configuration.

  1. From the computer, log into the Web Interface

    Open a web browser (Google Chrome in this example) and type in on the address bar. Press Enter.


    Enter the Default LAN IP Address

  2. A warning message may appear. If this message or similar message is encountered, it is safe to proceed. Click the Advanced Button and then click Proceed to (unsafe) to continue.


    Click Advanced and then Proceed to (unsafe)

  3. At the Sign In page, enter the default pfSense® Plus username and password and click Next.

    • Default Username: admin

    • Default Password: pfsense

The Setup Wizard

The following steps will step through the Setup Wizard for the initial configuration of the firewall.


Ignore the warning to reset the ‘admin’ account password. One of the steps in the Setup Wizard is to change the default password.

  1. Click Next to start the Setup Wizard.


    Click Next

  2. Click Next after you have read the information on Netgate Global Support.

  3. On the General Information page, use the following as a guide to configure the firewall.

    Hostname: Any desired name can be entered. For the purposes of this guide, the default hostname pfsense is used.

    Domain: The default localdomain is used for the purposes of this tutorial.

    DNS Servers: For purposes of this setup guide, use the Google public DNS servers ( and


    Type in the DNS Server information and Click Next

  4. Use the following information for the Time Server Information page.

    Time Server Hostname: Use the default time server address.

    Timezone: Select the time zone for the location of the firewall. For this guide, the Timezone will be set to America/Chicago for US Central time.


    Change the Timezone and Click Next

  5. The WAN interface is the Public IP address the network will use to communicate with the Internet. Use the following information for the WAN configuration page.

    DHCP is the default and is the most common type of interface for home cable modems.

    Default settings for the other items on this page should be acceptable for normal home users.


    Default Settings Should be Acceptable. Click Next

  6. Configuring LAN IP Address & Subnet Mask. The default LAN IP address of and subnet mask of 24 is usually sufficient.


    If your DSL or Cable Modem has a default IP Address of, change the IP Address of your SG-8860 1U Security Gateway to a different subnet, such as with a subnet mask of 24 to avoid an IP Address conflict.

  7. Change the Admin Password. Enter the same password in both fields.

  8. Click Reload to save the configuration.

  9. After a few seconds, a message will indicate the Setup Wizard has completed. To proceed to the pfSense® Plus dashboard, click Finish.

  10. A final notification screen will appear with the Copyright and Trademark Notices. Read and click Accept to continue to the dashboard.


    Read and Click Accept

If you unplugged the Ethernet cable at the beginning of this configuration, reconnect it to the WAN port now.

This completes the basic configuration for the Netgate appliance.