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Score 8.9 out of 100

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.5

    pfSense

    85%

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    pfSense ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    8.7
    87%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    7.8
    78%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    7.3
    73%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.4
    84%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    7.9
    79%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    9.7
    97%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    8.6
    86%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    8.8
    88%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    8.9
    89%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    8.9
    89%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    8.2
    82%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • pfSense is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    pfSense

    91%
    22 Ratings
    8.4

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    84%
    20 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    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

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    For a network admin or security team, NCM can be very useful in keeping config parameters standardized, this can mean anything from ensuring the timezone setting is standard to ensuring SNMP or logging is set up as you want it. The alerting is good if you want a record of findings for audit purposes so that you can show that you are monitoring configurations, you are alerting when a config goes out of compliance, and a ticket is created to drive remediation. Alternatively one can choose to automate remediation by running a configuration change script but that scares me so we never used it, this is a me-problem and not a tool problem. Where it falls down is in the data storage architecture as we had constant problems with our server running out of disk, this seems to be because it does a lot of basic monitoring of the devices along with storing many, many copies of the configurations. This may have been a user-side issue, though NCM runs under the Orion app which is where the storage issues come from I think.
    holt archer | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    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

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    • Real time performance details and historical data.
    • View the specific nodes very easily and get the information.
    • NetPath features help to analyze traffic paths whether it is hosted on premised or cloud.
    • Customize alert and reporting tools to get performance information.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    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

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    • More security put into the product, the Orion hack was not good news.
    • More frequent releases to address small bugs rather than big releases that are rare.
    • More IPv6 related features to make it easier for people familiar with IPv4 to learn IPv6.
    • Ability to edit dashboards using JSON or another similar language.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    General

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

    Starting Price

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Alternatives Considered

    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

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    MS is meant for windows monitoring and up/down for mostly everything else. Moved away from MS System Center. Now we have better visibility and management can get reports. The other teams have added Linux to Solarwinds and also see improvements in monitoring. Whether you use snmp (v3), wmi or some other credentials to connect to you system, Solarwinds will more than likely be able to manage and monitor it.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    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

    SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

    • Reduced site visits and recurring issues by 25 to 35%
    • Enables proactive warning, thereby reducing downtime caused by unforeseen issues
    • Provides a central panel for monitoring the entire network at a glance
    • Allows for SLA management thereby increasing accountability by 50%
    • Reduced time to repair by 35% as techs are more informed of root cause
    Jesse Bridgelal | TrustRadius Reviewer

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