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Likelihood to Recommend

Juniper Enterprise Routers

There's a vast number of options, so you can implement Juniper Routers in any scenario. Of course, the enterprise option is not for the small company, unless they need room to grow. Bring it on for your highest amount of bandwidth, Service Providers that need to peer with many different operators using BGP sessions, or as your Border or Core Network, and you won't regret it.
Jean Franco | 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

Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
7.2
Identification Technologies
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
3.0
Visualization Tools
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
6.0
Content Inspection
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
8.0
Policy-based Controls
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
7.0
Active Directory and LDAP
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
4.0
Firewall Management Console
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
8.0
Reporting and Logging
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
6.0
VPN
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
10.0
High Availability
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
9.0
Proxy Server
Juniper Enterprise Routers
pfSense
9.0

Pros

Juniper Enterprise Routers

  • Very stable, this is the richest feature.
  • Very straightforward command line. Learn once, deploy many.
  • There's a wide range of options to choose from, according to your network needs.
Jean Franco | 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

Juniper Enterprise Routers

  • The initial routing settings aren't very obvious, even for the serious users
  • The Web interface is not so complete, so one needs to get a grip on the command line
Jean Franco | 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

Alternatives Considered

Juniper Enterprise Routers

Both products are great, even the CLI is very alike in both products. We chose Juniper for its reliability and support.
Jean Franco | 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

Juniper Enterprise Routers

  • We're saved over 35% upgrading the Network to Juniper.
  • There's a learning curve to get used the command line, so learn it before getting your hands on a Juniper Router. It's worth it, and you'll see your ROI immediately.
Jean Franco | 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

Juniper Enterprise Routers

General

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

pfSense

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Juniper Enterprise Routers
10.0
pfSense
9.2

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