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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.5

    pfSense

    85%

    SonicWall E10000 Series

    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

    7.9
    79%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    7.4
    74%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.5
    85%
    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

    8.7
    87%
    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

      Likelihood to Recommend

      9.1

      pfSense

      91%
      22 Ratings

      SonicWall E10000 Series

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Likelihood to Recommend

      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      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.
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      Pros

      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      • 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.
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      Cons

      Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

      • 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.
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      Pricing Details

      pfSense

      Starting Price

      $179 per appliance

      Editions & Modules

      pfSense editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      SG-11001791
      SG-21002292
      SG-31003993
      SG-51006994
      XG-7100-DT8995
      XG-7100-1U9996
      XG-153719497
      XG-154126498

      Footnotes

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      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      SonicWall E10000 Series

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      SonicWall E10000 Series editions and modules pricing
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        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Alternatives Considered

        Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

        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).
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        Return on Investment

        Netgate (Rubicon Communications, LLC)

        • 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.
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        SonicWall

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