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259 Ratings
60 Ratings
Top Rated
259 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

9.1

FortiGate

91%
8.5

pfSense

85%
Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 10/11 features

Identification Technologies

9.1
91%
34 Ratings
8.7
87%
8 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.9
89%
33 Ratings
7.8
78%
7 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.5
85%
35 Ratings
7.4
74%
9 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
36 Ratings
8.4
84%
9 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

9.2
92%
34 Ratings
7.9
79%
8 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

9.4
94%
36 Ratings
9.7
97%
8 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.7
87%
36 Ratings
8.6
86%
9 Ratings

VPN

9.6
96%
36 Ratings
8.8
88%
9 Ratings

High Availability

9.3
93%
31 Ratings
8.9
89%
9 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.2
92%
33 Ratings
8.9
89%
9 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.9
89%
26 Ratings
8.2
82%
9 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Fortinet FortiGate and pfSense are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

FortiGate

91%
62 Ratings
9.1

pfSense

91%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

FortiGate

99%
4 Ratings

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
6 Ratings

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

10.0

FortiGate

100%
4 Ratings

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

FortiGate

100%
2 Ratings

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

FortiGate

87%
49 Ratings

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

FortiGate

100%
1 Rating

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

FortiGate

80%
8 Ratings

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.8

FortiGate

98%
2 Ratings

pfSense

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiGate

For FortiGate Firewall, the basic functionality and requirement is met easily as Fortigate is among market leaders in NGFW. There are some extra points that inclined us to use Fortigate as our main Firewall. [Fortinet]Fortigate has a very well refined and functional SD-WAN solution when it comes to load balancing for normal Internet Traffic. SD-WAN - Load balancing of Internet traffic is a USP of Fortigate and makes it stand tall in the competition. Be it 3 or more Internet Links, multiple Subnets/segments of users to distribute and bandwidth load balancing for links and users. SLA based monitoring of Internet Links / MPLS links, makes it even better to choose the links on the basis of performance (Latency, packet loss, Jitter etc). SSL VPN configuration - The deep CLI-level debugging is also very helpful in troubleshooting. Type of tunnel can be easily configured - Full Tunnel or Split Tunnel for SSL. Though, I think Fortigate is one of the best options for small and mid-sized organizations, there are some areas for improvement. First, the CLI interface is very hard to adapt as the commands and directory hierarchy is very different for common syntax and standards.
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

FortiGate

  • It is the most reliable NGFW that we have ever been touch with it.
  • You can easily upgrade the firewall cluster firmware without user attention!!!
  • User IDentity based feature is fantastic and intrusion prevention just works with least false-positive possible.
  • Very reachfull and intuitive GUI, just love it
Amin Mirzakhani | 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

FortiGate

  • When we switched to Fortinet Fortigate, it took some time getting used to and become familiar with the new interface. Being used to strictly command-line interfaces, a full GUI-based firewall was something brand new. Careful planning had to be done when creating rules to ensure we didn't miss anything. However, once we got used to the new GUI interface, going from one Fortinet product to another was simple, as Fortinet used the same interface for all of its devices.
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

FortiGate

General

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

Starting Price

FortiGate Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
FortiGate pricing starts at $250 for home office use, up to $300,000 for large enterprise appliances. Must contact sales team for pricing.

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

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.9
Based on 4 answers
Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 6 answers
The user interface shared among many simultaneous users is very easy to get around. With shared favorites among users, most tasks are easily bookmarked and can quickly be found and edited. Their strategy for web filter integration is easy to understand and manage as well. With some general direction, setup and maintenance were easy to do and easy to teach others in the organization to do as well.
Jeff Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 4 answers
We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.7
Based on 49 answers
We live in Turkey. Fortinet's Turkey office [dealt] constantly with us in our every problem or our experience. In addition, global support teams also supported every ticket we opened in every problem we encountered. They support innovative approaches and evaluate and offer solutions. In this context, they were very supportive of the problems we encountered in previous versions.
Tayfun Toka | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.0
Based on 8 answers
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

FortiGate

[Fortinet] FortiGate is not only cost effective but it gives the comprehensive security against the APT attacks and gives the complete traffic visibility and granular control. You can easily create the VDOMs (Virtual firewall) within a Fortigate firewall and customize the dashboard as per your requirement if you have multiple VDOMs within a single firewall.
Binita Kharbanda | 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

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.8
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

FortiGate

  • Fortigates have an interesting bundle model for support and subscription services that make it an attractive option to deploy Firewall, IDS, Ant-virus, anti-SPAM in a single device. The cost of the bundle is pretty much what you pay for the device, not requiring huge expenditures on it's time to renew the hardware.
Artur Bittencourt | 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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