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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Cisco AnyConnect

    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
    7.8
    78%
    7 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    9 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    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

    • pfSense is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Cisco AnyConnect

    87%
    72 Ratings
    9.1

    pfSense

    91%
    22 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.5

    Cisco AnyConnect

    95%
    3 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.9

    Cisco AnyConnect

    89%
    50 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Cisco AnyConnect

    88%
    85 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    90%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco AnyConnect

    This is a very solid connection with a nice timeout and retries grace period. It seems to keep the connection even if there are momentary network breaks in service. It then re-establishes that connection if it was brief enough making for a more simple tool standard users can use. This tool also works great with Apple machines in nearly the same manner as Windows.
    Jason Lane | 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

    Cisco AnyConnect

    • Autoconnections are seamless for the users. There's nothing for them to do once it's all setup.
    • It recognizes security certificates for the PC and user, so you can easily lock down the connectivity to the specific users and/or machines you need for your environment.
    • Unless the WIFI is extremely poor, the software can make the connection and allow your users to function on the VPN.
    Debbie Johnson | 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

    • Next generation features are lacking.
    • Split handling scenarios are limited.
    • Sensitive to timeouts.
    • Auto reconnect features does not work as expected.
    • Auto mtu discovery does not work on some cases.
    • Not a full featured solution on the client side.
    • Detailed reporting is missing.
    • Lack of multi device management.
    • Application, url based dashboards needs to be enhanced.
    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

    Cisco AnyConnect

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Cisco AnyConnect 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

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 9.5
    Based on 3 answers
    It has been in use for the past 5 years and has worked without any issues during that time. It also allows us unprecedented flexibility and access resources as if on premise. With remote work force more and more prevalent, this solution has been a constant. As we move our on-premise resources into the cloud, there will come a time when we stop using AnyConnect.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 8.9
    Based on 50 answers
    It's easy to use for the end user and reliable. They just need to login to their computer and connect to the VPN and they are on the network and have access to network resources. For the admins, it does take some time to configure things correctly but, once configured, it's quite easy to manage connection profiles and client software.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We use it all day, every work day and the availability has always been very high. The connection once established is also very stable and remains connected.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We use Cisco AnyConnect to connect to on-prem resources. The delay in connecting is not noticeable.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 8.8
    Based on 85 answers
    During the implementation of the solution, the Cisco team is always present and ready, from the initial planning to the final deployment. Once up and running, the system is quite stable. In general, inconveniences could arise when making a general change takes centralized changes to be done, and then assistance from Cisco support is required, which will be provided without further delay and with great professionalism. Local problems could also arise related to the client's installation on remote users' machines. Most are due to each user's home network issues, over which there is no control, but initial troubleshooting is, nevertheless, mandatory. This last fact makes it necessary to have some diagnostic method. Then it becomes important to have the DART (Diagnostics and Reporting Tool) functionality, which is functionality included in the Cisco AnyConnect client. It is useful to perform this task and be able to resolve local problems or problems related to inconveniences with the home network by gathering information that allows determining the reported problem cause. It turned out to be a great tool since it can perform remote diagnoses.
    Rodrigo Avila | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Cisco support is a good resource to deal with issues if they arise.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco AnyConnect

    - Cisco is a better name in the market - Cisco products are better in quality and performance - Cisco product support is reliable and provides supports within the agreed SLA - Already using other Cisco products majorly, it is the trust that has already been built on Cisco products that has helped us to decide on using the Cisco products.
    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

    Scalability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    It is a simple application with a minimal interface.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Cisco AnyConnect

    • We are able to seamlessly work on multiple clients daily, and it allows us to quickly handle more projects at the same time.
    • Cisco AnyConnect has allowed our own company's coworkers to remotely connect back to the corporate network, easily assisting work schedules and processes, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being forced to work remotely, meant our processes still happened quickly and efficiently, by being able to leverage and use Cisco AnyConnect VPN.
    • Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have worked 100% remotely for a few years now. This was always due to the reliable connectivity and ease of use with Cisco AnyConnect VPN. I live 2+ hours from our nearest corporate office, and even further from some of my client locations, and I have always been able to connect to any of my multiple Cisco AnyConnect VPN connections, within seconds.
    Mitchell Bumgarner | 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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