pfSense

pfSense

Score 8.8 out of 10
pfSense

Overview

What is pfSense?

pfSense is a firewall and load management product available through the open source pfSense Community Edition, as well as a the licensed edition, pfSense Plus (formerly known as pfSense Enterprise). The solution provides combined firewall, VPN, and router functionality, and...

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Popular Features

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  • VPN (9)
    8.8
    88%
  • Reporting and Logging (9)
    8.8
    88%
  • Policy-based Controls (9)
    8.5
    85%
  • Content Inspection (9)
    7.5
    75%

Video Reviews

2 videos

pfSense Review: With Over 10 Years of Service, pfSense Proves To Be A Reliable Firewall For Business
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User Benefits From Open Source Nature of pfSense When Limitations Are Solved By Others: User Review
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Pricing

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SG-1100

$179

On Premise
per appliance

SG-2100

$229

On Premise
per appliance

SG-3100

$399

On Premise
per appliance

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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Product Demos

Pfsense vs Ubiquiti - Which is better for you?
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Is pfSense a good fit for your network firewall and router needs?
04:19
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Features

Firewall

A firewall is a filter that stands between a computer or computer network and the Internet. Each firewall can be programmed to keep specific traffic in or out

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Product Details

What is pfSense?

pfSense is a firewall and load management product available through the open source pfSense Community Edition, as well as a the licensed edition, pfSense Plus (formerly known as pfSense Enterprise). The solution provides combined firewall, VPN, and router functionality, and can be deployed through the cloud (AWS or Azure), or on-premises with a Netgate appliance. It as scalable capacities, with functionality for SMBs.

As a firewall, pfSense offers Stateful packet inspection, concurrent IPv4 and IPv6 support, and intrusion prevention. Within its VPN capabilities, it provides SSL encryption, automatic or custom routing, and multiple tunneling options. pfSense also supports optional clustering and load-balancing, along with proxying and content filtering services. The product can also monitor and report on network traffic.

pfSense Videos

Pfsense vs Ubiquiti - Which is better for you?
In this video, TrustRadius goes over the pricing, top features, and user sentiment of pfSense.

pfSense Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo
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Reviews and Ratings

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Reviews

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Mario Matinelli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Overall, pfSense is the most complete solution in terms of features included even though it currently lack of a centralised management interface.The Ubiquiti firewall offering is often appealing being well integrated within the Ubiquiti dashboard and it is often a solution of choice when only basic firewall functionalities are required. Untangle is often chosen when filtering is a key requirement for the design of a security solution.
Pretty Varughese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We were using Sophos XG Firewall in our environment before but we need a product that is customizable & provides low cost high security features. pfSense provided us high security features with customizable options as it's kernel is based on freeBSD.
Chirag Deol | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We were using Sophos XG Firewall in our environment but when it comes to cost it's more expensive with limited features. After using [pfSense] we are getting more security features at less cost. After pfSense provides a bundle of security features such as anti-spamming, Sandboxing [and] Content filtering.
James Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is just a more flexible, lower-cost solution—it can be installed (if you wish) on just about any x86 hardware or even virtual machines - the community edition is free and so enables rapid prototyping and low-cost prototyping and lab build out—something that isn't possible with other higher priced commercial solutions. It keeps our network secure and supports two popular IDS solutions as well and known bad address blocking and management. The availability of ready-built appliances and an enterprise-supported version means the best of both worlds —enterprise-grade when you want it, and free community supported when budgets require it.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is a lot cheaper and has higher firewall throughput per dollar than "enterprise" network appliances. It's also significantly easier to configure and learn. It may not have some of the "enterprise" features or the support level that someone like Cisco has, but for small to medium businesses or non-critical functions it's the best software based network appliance.
Christian Shaheen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense itself is free and can be installed on just about any hardware so from a hardware cost perspective it can beat out anybody. In terms of features it's above many pro-sumer/small business solutions like Ubiquiti. It can't really stand against high-end gear like Cisco but It can easily handle up to medium-sized businesses.
Allan Leung | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
First of all, I don't need to be a Cisco professional to manage VPN, load balance, multiple WAN/LAN, Firewall and etc. pfSense has an easy-to-use web interface and I can do everything and add packaged add-on services. Moreover, for Small & Medium Enterprise, IT budget is already a concern. A spare computer + free software license is quite a bit more attractive than Cisco products.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense requires a much smaller footprint than the heavier options out there. It is slim enough to get the job done while the optional add-ons can extend its overall functionality on an as-needed basis. It also does not limit/cripple functionality and features like the bigger solutions available out there that would otherwise require an upgrade to operate.
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
While you can get the performance out of other products, pfSense offers the unique ability to put other services on the same device. Products such as Untagle's NG Firewall and SonicWall's TZ series offer cost effective options for firewall and VPN services, having incoming load balancing and connection proxies on the same device as the firewall offers extremely easy configuration and day to day management of network services.
Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It's an open source solution can support from 50 to 700 user without sweating and with the half of the standard bundle investment that will take to deploy a FortiGate UTM, or a Cisco ASA, also a Sophos UTM that are quite remarkable units but to pFSense saves you money and will cut the lack of extras that has other branches using their plugins and the easy deployment steps this is a Firewall based on an open source software well fed for clever IT admins or pro Linux companies.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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).
Paolo Daniele | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Opnsense, Ipcop and Smoothwall
Real competition was between Pfsense and OpnSense that integrates first the bootstrap Twitter framework. But with OpSense there are configurations that create some problems with a specific client (we've experienced that by creating an IPSec tunnel both with OpSense and PfSense).

Also with pfsense you do not need complex hardware to release all the potential of this solution.
July 27, 2016

pfSense - Review

Rikia Kosaka | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I've used a number of routers like Cisco, Sonicwall, Juniper, Home based routers, etc. pfSense is like most routers but with the benefit of load balancing and multi-wan. Well many support multi-wan but load balancing is usually a separate device like an BIGiP F5 or Cisco CSS.
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