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 192.168.1.1, please disconnect the Ethernet cable from the WAN port on your SG-8860 Netgate Security Gateway before proceeding. You will need to change the default IP Address of the device during a later step in the configuration.
From the computer, log into the Web Interface
Open a web browser (Google Chrome in this example) and type in
192.168.1.1on the address bar. Press
A warning message may appear. If this message or similar message is encountered, it is safe to proceed. Click the
AdvancedButton and the click
Proceed to 192.168.1.1 (unsafe)to continue.
At the Sign In page, enter the default pfSense username and password and click
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.
Nextto start the Setup Wizard.
Nextafter you have read the information on Netgate Global Support.
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
Domain: The default
localdomainis used for the purposes of this tutorial.
DNS Servers: For purposes of this setup guide, use the Google public DNS servers (
Use the following information for the Time Server Information page.
Time Server Hostname: Use the default pfSense time server address.
Timezone: Select the time zone for the location of the firewall. For this guide, the Timezone will be set to
America/Chicagofor US Central time.
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.
Configuring LAN IP Address & Subnet Mask. The default LAN IP address of
192.168.1.1and subnet mask of
24is usually sufficient.
If your DSL or Cable Modem has a default IP Address of 192.168.1.1, change the IP Address of your SG-8860 Netgate Security Gateway to a different subnet, such as
192.168.2.1with a subnet mask of
24to avoid an IP Address conflict.
Change the Admin Password. Enter the same password in both fields.
Reloadto save the configuration.
After a few seconds, a message will indicate the Setup Wizard has completed. To proceed to the pfSense dashboard, click
A final notification screen will appear stating that NO COMMERCIAL DISTRIBUTION… Click
Acceptto continue to the pfSense dashboard.
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.