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Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

The Firepower 1120 appliance together with the next generation firewall license package becomes a complete and robust network protection device to protect both the LAN and WLAN networks. This model 1120 is indicated as intermediate scenarios to be able to handle all the network traffic of employees and servers. The experience is excellent and we feel very safe with this solution.
André Santi | 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 Firepower 1000 Series
7.5
pfSense
7.8
Identification Technologies
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.3
pfSense
7.8
Visualization Tools
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
6.4
pfSense
6.5
Content Inspection
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.4
pfSense
6.1
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.7
pfSense
8.0
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
6.8
pfSense
7.1
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.8
pfSense
9.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.0
pfSense
7.2
VPN
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
8.4
pfSense
9.3
High Availability
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
8.0
pfSense
8.3
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
8.1
pfSense
8.5
Proxy Server
Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
pfSense
8.0

Pros

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

  • My organization is all Cisco and wants to stay in the Cisco life cycle, Firepower 1000 series is great for small to medium-size office.
  • Very robust enterprise-grade security solution with updated threat features to handle any current and upcoming threats. The solution is backed by Cisco to ensure constant security updates. Integrated AnyConnect remote client VPN is a big plus to allow for secure remote workers access. Easier to set up a site to site VPN due to the large user base and case studies published on integrating to other manufacturer solutions.
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 Firepower 1000 Series

  • These devices don't always take changes without a reboot, which can be hard in a production device.
  • Cisco is no always clear in how to configure things.
  • Routing features can be confusing, we even had a consultant a bit confused over setup.
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

Usability

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Firepowers are secure, reliable, central management and configuration is easy and they fit in well with our existing Cisco infrastructure. Good feature set and support. Good management and control with chassis manager and central control with additional Firepower Management Centre.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series 7.8
Based on 16 answers
Great performance even on the lower end model of the series. You can push a lot of traffic through these devices without much performance impact. If you decide you want to inspect encrypted traffic however, you may take a big hit on the cpu and memory of the box, but they still manage to keep up even with all the bells and whistles turned on.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series 7.4
Based on 21 answers
The guarantee is very important and fundamental in technology equipment. And in that, Cisco is one step ahead as it has excellent technical support and a very good SLA level. When we used it, we were served quickly and optimally. For hardware failures, Cisco sends new equipment to the address
João Mauricio | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series is a challenger; it still needs improvement to become a leader like Checkpoint or Palo Alto. I installed Palo Alto firewalls, Checkopoint firewalls, and FortiGate, which are much more efficient for now than Cisco Firepower 1000 Series. I also had to work on legacy firewalls like Cisco ASA and SonicWall.Firepower is an improvement of cisco ASA and stills better than meraki but some ASA functions like any-connect are still to improve
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

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series

  • We have seen improved throughput on our internet.
  • It took several attempts with Cisco engineers to configure the device; it requires a deep set of knowledge to set up in a more complicated environment.
  • This will allow us to move forward with a more stable and configurable environment with security available we didn't have before.
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 Firepower 1000 Series

General

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

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series Editions & Modules

Edition
Firepower 10001,000-5,0001
  1. per appliance
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
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.7
pfSense
9.0

Usability

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
8.0
pfSense

Performance

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.8
pfSense

Support Rating

Cisco Firepower 1000 Series
7.4
pfSense

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