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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    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

    • Cisco Meraki SD-WAN and pfSense are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    91%
    12 Ratings
    9.1

    pfSense

    91%
    22 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.1

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    81%
    4 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.7

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    97%
    10 Ratings

    pfSense

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN can be adapted to any type of scenario. Everything depends on the needs of the business and the complexity in terms of routing and treatment of links, but nevertheless, where it is best adapted is for the retail and hospitality sector. Where I would not recommend it is for service provider scenarios or where it is required to have [...] more granular control of the quality of the service.
    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

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    • The natting function works really well. Even if you are behind a router with NAT, it still translates the traffic.
    • Security is a big benefit as you can define that only certain elements go across the VPN (SD-WAN).
    Reon Smith | 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 Meraki SD-WAN

    • Customized, esoteric configurations were very hard to get connected and configured.
    • We had hoped to configure all sites filtering in one place, but each site has to be configured separately. this is prohibitive with a large number of sites.
    • Network visibility does not work as well as I would like.
    • The MX appliances do not work well with voice VLAN when using the appliances as a small office router/switch.
    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 Meraki SD-WAN

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN 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

    Support Rating

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN 8.1
    Based on 4 answers
    Fast and efficient. The only issue currently is that the support is only overseas support and not in South Africa, which causes delays in resolution for some cases. Escalating issues is quite simple and the opening of new cases from the dashboard is easy. I have never had a support issue that could not be resolved.
    Reon Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN is a way better option due to the fact that there is only one point of management and the way how you can integrate the entire network. A very important focus point is the security of the network from the beginning to the end. The visibility of the traffic and the way you can trace any failure and report it
    ILEANA COLMENTER | 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 Meraki SD-WAN

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN 9.7
    Based on 10 answers
    Because [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN has fulfilled the required functionality with the easy deployment of the configuration of new sites and growth, in addition to one of the integrations that Meraki has in general as a platform and the centralized management of everything through a single Dashboard. [...] The best thing is that [Cisco] Meraki SD-WAN is included from the enterprise licensing of the MX.
    Ruben Lara | TrustRadius Reviewer

    pfSense

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

    • All positive impacts. Easy to deploy, easy to manage. Z3 defects are rare.
    • ROI in 18 months.
    • All our hubs use Z3 embedded Wi-Fi.
    Patrice Tanguay | 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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