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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Aruba ClearPass

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    pfSense

    85%
    pfSense ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    8 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    7 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    9 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    9 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    8 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.7
    97%
    8 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    9 Ratings

    VPN

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    9 Ratings

    High Availability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    9 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    9 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    9 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Aruba ClearPass is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.2

    Aruba ClearPass

    92%
    7 Ratings
    9.1

    pfSense

    91%
    22 Ratings

    Usability

    7.0

    Aruba ClearPass

    70%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.9

    Aruba ClearPass

    89%
    10 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Aruba ClearPass

    We have quite a few visitors to our campus and we don't want to have a set PSK for the wireless so we have configured a guest network where visitors can create an account and gain access to the internet and we don't have to "manage" it since the accounts will expire after a certain time. We have RF scanners in our warehouses and we want them to be allowed on the network and be put into its own VLAN. ClearPass can do this flawlessly by keying off of the MAC address when it comes online and putting it into the correct VLAN. This makes it so we don't have to add each device individually to the system. The only time ClearPass would not be appropriate is in a small deployment where the cost to value wouldn't make sense.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    For fast-growing or SME companies, pfSense is quite suitable because pfSense already had many advanced features such as VPN and multiple WAN / LAN. As a result, we just need to pay for expensive router frequently to upgrade our infrastructure.
    Allan Leung | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Aruba ClearPass

    • wide range of compatible devices
    • have an easy-to-understand and hierarchical rule-writing structure
    • easy-to-use interface and extensive documentation
    • seamless MS AD integration
    Mehmet Fatih Onal | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    • pfSense is an excellent firewall - It logs all of your traffic. It has packages you can install to snort bad traffic.
    • pfSense has a tool called "p0f" which allows you to see what type of OS is trying to connect to you. You can filter these results and you can also block a specific OS from connecting to you.
    • pfSense is an excellent load-balancer: (Multi-WAN and Server Load Balancing) The fail-over/aggregation works very well. This is perfect if your business uses multiple ISP's to ensure your customers are always able to access their data. Also helps with bandwidth distribution as well.
    • VPN's - I am not entirely sure if this package was free with pfSense, but it does offer the ability to use OpenVPN which is what I am familiar with.
    • They also have IPsec in the settings as well, but I am not familiar with that enough to go into any detail with it.
    • As I mentioned I do use OpenVPN the only thing I don't care for with it is I can create OpenVPN configs for each user I want to be able to VPN into the network and I assumed each one would be "unique" but this does not seem to be the case. I could be doing it wrong, but if I create a config for a specific employee I would expect only that employee should be able to use that config, but I have been able to login to everyone that I made using my credentials.
    • I mentioned earlier that pfSense had a GUI.
    • I personally really think it is cool because it has a bunch of reporting graphs for monitoring your networks. I think when I become the full-time admin at the company I am going to try to talk them into getting me a TV I can mount on the wall and display all the graphs and real-time info pfSense shows so I can monitor what is going on with the network(s) at all times. Plus I think it would look rad.
    Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Aruba ClearPass

    • More intuitive upgrade process.
    • Add in-service software upgrades.
    • Use common syntax across the various systems within Clearpass. For instance, monitoring view and guest view use different syntax's.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    • There is no API for making changes. This can be a hindrance in environments where auto-deploying something needs firewall rules or HAProxy configs updated. Since all settings are stored in an XML file and then configs are generated from that, even manually updating config files cannot be done.
    • Beware that some network cards can have issues. pfSense is based on FreeBSD, so it's best to look on their compatibility list before deploying.
    Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Aruba ClearPass

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Aruba ClearPass Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    pfSense

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    $179 per appliance

    pfSense Editions & Modules

    Edition
    SG-1100$1791
    SG-2100$2291
    SG-3100$3991
    SG-5100$6991
    XG-7100-DT$8991
    XG-7100-1U$9991
    XG-1537$1,9491
    XG-1541$2,6491
    1. per appliance
    Additional Pricing Details

    Usability

    Aruba ClearPass

    Aruba ClearPass 7.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Aruba Clearpass is straight forward in terms of day to day use for monitoring and basic user connectivity issues. The system is very robust on the back end, therefore some larger configuration changes may not be the most intuitive. System upgrades and license management are not the most intuitive either.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Aruba ClearPass

    Aruba ClearPass 8.9
    Based on 10 answers
    We had some issues with ClearPass integration with AirGroup on Aruba Controller Clusters. Basically, it was tough to get coordinated between the controller support and the ClearPass support.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Aruba ClearPass

    From my experience, ClearPass has been the best NAC server of all I've seen. Even though configuration is somewhat hard and it's hard to get training, once you learn how to configure it it works very well. The policies are very granular and scalable and the interface is a well-done web GUI that does not need any extra plugins installed, as some of Cisco's product require. There are many more options than with FortiNAC, and many more integration options. Also, troubleshooting and logging is good.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    Before pfSense we were using consumer and small business rated network appliances from Linksys, Cisco, Buffalo and Netgear. We were replacing them on average of every 6-12 months because they'd fail or would offer poor wifi availability.Switching to pfSense allowed us to use professional grade switches and wifi access points, offloading all of the services that the consumer grade products took care of, onto pfSense (DHCP, DNS, routing, firewall, VPN, etc).
    Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Aruba ClearPass

    • It has simplified our SSID management
    • It has made it very easy for us to segment our network based on security groups
    • It was relatively easy to implement with the support of a VAR
    Don Ringelestein | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    • Moving to a FWaaS solution installed on a decent computer the initial investment was moderate to cover 50 to 250 users, but still being cheaper that a Fortinet, Cisco ASA, or a Sophos UTM.
    • Paying only for support can be a double edge knife, cause you need to identify what's the goal of the request, or your drown into a an endless list of requirements.
    • To stay in the top with the half of a regular investment pFSense gives a wide variety of plugins that will give you a deep knowledge of your security flaws and strong points.
    Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer

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