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Pretty Varughese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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
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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
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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.
Vipin Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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PfSence is an open-source product and offering all the normal firewall features Cisco ASA is charging for. If I can get the same features for free, why would I pay. pfSense is mainly used by non-profit organizations where they don't have any budget for firewalls and want normal security for their organization.
Neha Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco ASA is a very good firewall but when we compare the cost and security features then pfSense is better [than] Cisco ASA. There are lots of security features which are missing in Cisco ASA and if you want [those] features in Cisco ASA then you have to go with firepower[,] but firepower cost is very high. [pfSense] provides you all features [at a] very low cost.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Allan Leung | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Christian Shaheen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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
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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
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  • 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
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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.

pfSense Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Firewall (11)
85%
8.5
Identification Technologies (8)
87%
8.7
Visualization Tools (7)
78%
7.8
Content Inspection (10)
77%
7.7
Policy-based Controls (10)
84%
8.4
Active Directory and LDAP (10)
81%
8.1
Firewall Management Console (9)
94%
9.4
Reporting and Logging (10)
87%
8.7
VPN (10)
90%
9.0
High Availability (10)
90%
9.0
Stateful Inspection (10)
89%
8.9
Proxy Server (10)
82%
8.2

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 Pricing

More Pricing Information

On-premise Editions Pricing
Pricing DetailsTerms
SG-1100$179per appliance
SG-2100$229per appliance
SG-3100$399per appliance
SG-5100$699per appliance
XG-7100-DT$899per appliance
XG-7100-1U$999per appliance
XG-1537$1,949per appliance
XG-1541$2,649per appliance

pfSense Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is pfSense's best feature?

Reviewers rate Firewall Management Console highest, with a score of 9.4.

Who uses pfSense?

The most common users of pfSense are from Small Businesses and the Information Technology & Services industry.