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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

I would recommend Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to my colleagues in the scenario of a big corporate with 2 or 3 IPS and small branches over the world where they can’t have specialist in case of a failure. The platform can be managed from a single point through the dashboard and make a simple or profound testing and troubleshooting without losing any connectivity. It is the best solution that will save you money and time
ILEANA COLMENTER | 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 Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
7.4
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
5.6
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
6.0
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
6.1
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
7.5
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
7.3
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
8.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
6.9
VPN
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
8.6
High Availability
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
8.5
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
8.5
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
pfSense
8.5

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

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN 8.1
Based on 2 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

  • Ease of use.
  • Remote management.
  • Amazing technical support.
  • Remote firmware management.
  • Built-in alarm and monitoring.
  • Marketplace apps.
  • Amazing features like client VPN (AnyConnect) system manager.
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 Meraki SD-WAN

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN 8.2
Based on 5 answers
The flag of Meraki is its scalability. This is an important feature that wins against the competitors. There is no better way to integrate new equipments, add new services and extend equipment’s licensing but the Meraki Dashboard. You can easily manage your inventory and move configuration without compromising the overall performance.
ILEANA COLMENTER | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN

  • So far, SD-WAN/ Internet has saved us thousands per month over MPLS over private circuits.
  • Simple sites are quick and easy to bring online.
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 Meraki SD-WAN

General

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

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

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 Meraki SD-WAN
7.5
pfSense
8.2

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
8.1
pfSense

Scalability

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN
8.2
pfSense

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