I have a network with a few port forwarding rules, and paths I wish to segment. Firewalla seems to assume you bang the box into the network then start configuring; no doubt simple enough for those with trivial home networks or experience with the FW interface. However, I would like to configure offline, check the settings, and only then introduce it in place of the existing router for further testing before I put into [home] production, because (aside from ordinary caution) family members who reside elsewhere expect our server to be up. I do not wish to be experimenting during the day.
Desired actions include reserving IP addresses by MAC, but in a sandbox (FW in router mode in the network with no dependents). I am unable to deal with proposed devices (even though I know the MACs and intended addresses) because they are not there at the time. I cannot forward ports to unseen devices although again I know where they are in MAC/IP terms. Is there a way of "pre-configuring" the FW Gold, other than working at 2 AM when all is quiet? I am a bit old for that sort of fun.
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