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107 Ratings
42 Ratings

Cisco AnyConnect

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco AnyConnect

We now install Cisco AnyConnect on all of our laptops for remote work users and all of desktops, which have WIFI adapters. During the pandemic, we were therefore able to send all of our workers home to work remotely, even if they had a desktop. All of our users find it easy to use, especially since we have it set to auto-connect. We have our colosite for DR setup with an alternate VPN so in the event that our live site is down and we failover, all our users have to do is to type in the alternate VPN to be up and running once IT completes the failover. This means a simple process for our users during a stressful DR situation.
Debbie Johnson | 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

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
7.2
Identification Technologies
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
3.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
6.0
Content Inspection
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
8.0
Policy-based Controls
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
7.0
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
4.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
8.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
6.0
VPN
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
10.0
High Availability
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
9.0
Proxy Server
Cisco AnyConnect
pfSense
9.0

Pros

Cisco AnyConnect

  • Lightweight client with low resources need.
  • Easy installation and config.
  • Enhanced remote config and auto-update features.
  • Affective host checker/compatibility function.
  • Straight integration with Cisco ISE.
  • GUI is simple and accessible directly.
  • Messages on the client side is directly seen.
  • Debug and message view assists the client and administrators.
  • Good value for its prices.
Anonymous | 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

Cisco AnyConnect

  • With remote work, need of a VPN to ensure data security has been very much high but so have the costs gone up for having such a system in place.
  • Cisco AnyConnect or any other VPN alone is not enough now and we need MFA solutions in place to ensure valid users using our systems.
  • Process of setting up multiple servers is tedious but easy.
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

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We are most likely to renew, in the case that our contract expires, as this application made us able to continue our day-to-day operations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 8.7
Based on 27 answers
Deployment was easy. On the end user side, it is also easy to use. They just install an app on their mobile device or computer, fill the VPN address and their credentials, and they can work remotely as they are located in company premises.
Nikola Marks | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 8.7
Based on 55 answers
I cannot speak directly to the experience of Cisco AnyConnect's customer support, as I was not involved in the process of initial setup. But my experience administering it was that setting up and maintaining users on the tool is simple for the sysadmin involved, and the product is well maintained, with regular updates and support for new devices showing up quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco AnyConnect

I have only used these VPN options for personal use and in the support of other users. I am unfamiliar [with] their enterprise ability and generally would not trust them for our needs. From what I have seen, the clients look much more developed than the Cisco AnyConnect client but that is a [nonselling] issue for me.
Nick Darnell | 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

Cisco AnyConnect

  • AnyConnect has allowed business operations to continue uninterrupted during the pandemic, which has been key to maintaining business continuity with customers and stakeholders.
  • AnyConnect has played a part in allowing for downsizing of some physical office sites. At least 4 office buildings within the organization have now been sold as employees haven proven the ability to work effectively remotely indefinitely.
  • AnyConnect has also facilitated globalization within the wider organization. Productive meetings with colleagues around the world at various times of day are possible with continuous access to company virtual resources.
Anonymous | 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

Pricing Details

Cisco AnyConnect

General

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

Cisco AnyConnect Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

pfSense

General

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

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
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco AnyConnect
8.7
pfSense
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco AnyConnect
9.1
pfSense

Usability

Cisco AnyConnect
8.7
pfSense

Support Rating

Cisco AnyConnect
8.7
pfSense

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