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Feature Set Ratings

  • Check Point 4000 Appliances ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

9.1

Check Point 4000 Appliances

91%
8.5

pfSense

85%
Check Point 4000 Appliances ranks higher in 10/11 features

Identification Technologies

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
8 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.9
79%
7 Ratings

Content Inspection

9.0
90%
1 Rating
7.4
74%
9 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.5
85%
9 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.9
79%
8 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.7
97%
8 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
9 Ratings

VPN

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.8
88%
9 Ratings

High Availability

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.9
89%
9 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.9
89%
9 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
9 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Check Point 4000 Appliances is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Check Point 4000 Appliances

100%
2 Ratings
9.1

pfSense

91%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Check Point Software Technologies

Well suited for small to medium business with less than 1000 users. Good edge device, NAT is easy to work with. The anti-malware, anti-spyware are worthwhile paid add-ons. Anti-spoofing is built in, and required to be put in. The split of management between Gaia and secure platform applications is painful, but nothing that can't be gotten around.
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

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.
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Pros

Check Point Software Technologies

  • If you have critical data then you can use this firewall for secure your organization
  • You can also use for cloud security
  • If you want the deep packet inspection then this is one of the best firewall for you.
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

  • 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.
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Cons

Check Point Software Technologies

  • Steep learning curve for admins
  • No packet tracer application like the ASA to test flows prior to putting in new rules, etc.
  • Policy packages are all or nothing. I cannot uninstall or turn off a piece of the overall policy, it's all or nothing.
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Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

Check Point 4000 Appliances

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Check Point 4000 Appliances editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    pfSense

    Starting Price

    $179 per appliance

    Editions & Modules

    pfSense editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    SG-11001791
    SG-21002292
    SG-31003993
    SG-51006994
    XG-7100-DT8995
    XG-7100-1U9996
    XG-153719497
    XG-154126498

    Footnotes

    1. per appliance
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Alternatives Considered

    Check Point Software Technologies

    We were using the Cisco ASA 5525 but this firewall was not fully secure. Lots of advanced features were missing so we installed the Check Point 4000 Appliances and we are really happy with the features, advanced IPS and web filtering help us to protect our organization and also more control our user traffic.
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    Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

    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).
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    Return on Investment

    Check Point Software Technologies

    • We have not seen a zero-day exploit since implementing the anti-spyware, anti-malware, and URL filtering functionality
    • We have not seen a successful intrusion into our systems since the implementation of our checkpoint 4000
    • We have had this firewall for 5+ years, and it still has much life left in it.
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    Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

    • 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.
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