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

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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?
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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
pfSense is the most complete solution in terms of features included even though it currently lack of a centralised management interface. pfSense is the most secure System because it is open source. Its code can be reviewed by anyone so any bugs and especially back doors would not go unnoticed. When it comes to security transparency and openness has been proven to be the most effective model. Many large and well known names in the market have been caught several times using poor security practices. The use of back door or poorly written code was discovered when it was already too late due to the lack of transparency.
June 28, 2021

Review for pfSense

Pardeep Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[I feel] pfSense is good only for small scale organizations and low security required organizations. If you need deep level packets scanning and other various advanced features then [I believe] this firewall is not good for you.. this features provides you very basic firewall features. In current world you have to protect your organization from various types of malware attacks but this firewall fails on that [in my experience].
Pretty Varughese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is well suited for medium & large scale infrastructure that needs high security & custom kernel so that they can integrate & develop there own system as it's based on FreeBSD. It also provides features such as remote VPN & custom rules.
Chirag Deol | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[pfSense] is well suited for Medium & Small scale enterprises as it's cost-effective & provides a number of features. It provides security features such as anti-spoofing, Sandboxing, content filtering. Also, it is easy to manage with the web GUI Console. [pfSense] is less suited for large-scale data center environments as it has not that many advanced security features.
June 22, 2021

Pfsense review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[pfSense] provides you basic security and routing features. This firewall is well suited for ngo and very small organizations and startups. [In these] type of organizations there [is] less budget for security so this device provides you all basic features [without the cost.]
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
It is well suited where you need to create complex firewall rules either between WAN connections or between internal VLANs. It also is very scalable to allow you to have multiple WAN connections of different types and either prioritize or load balance the connections to different pools of users.

It is less appropriate for a home network environment.
James Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Whilst I would love to see the addition of features like an API and/or CLI (both would be ideal), I love pfSense and would recommend it highly. I use it on my home network as well as in business settings, and it is robust, reliable, and easy to set up. The CARP or high availability functionality is quite easy to set up and works flawlessly. I can reboot my primary firewall and maybe drop 1 ping. It integrates well with my infrastructure including my UPS and has built-in Zabbix monitoring integration.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is an excellent all-in-one solution for firewall/routing/VPN and other network-related roles that a small to medium business would need (or even advanced home users). It's extremely powerful and relatively easy to use.

It may be less suited for larger businesses where having an all-in-one product could be a disadvantage where a spread infrastructure is desired, very high scalability is necessary, or specific enterprise features aren't available.
Christian Shaheen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is great for companies with medium budgets and advanced networking needs. It is very versatile and can be installed on any x86 platform with as little as 16GB of disk and 1GB of RAM. This makes it great for applications such as hosted environments where you only have VMs. It also supports many kinds of hardware so it can be spun up in a hurry without specific hardware.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is perfect for small-medium businesses (IMO). I also believe it would be a great tool for a home user/IT enthusiast who wants a great high-end firewall solution or someone who just wants to learn, but does not want to buy a bunch of hardware or licenses.

I installed pfSense on my Hyper-V with 5GB of space and 2GB of RAM.

I personally think pfSense is flexible enough for a large business and can probably do most things Cisco hardware and software can do, but I guess depending on how big you are you are probably looking for something more "known" like Cisco so if something goes wrong you can throw someone under the bus lol!

pfSense is open source and your support comes from a community of people who use the software where with Cisco if something goes wrong you are contacting another large business.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is perfectly suited for small businesses as a firewall/router. Their hardware product line can scale with business size while the downloadable ISO can be installed directly on low-power devices. Many small businesses would be on DHCP for their internet connection so the built-in Dynamic DNS feature can keep track of the current IP address for easy access by remote/field workers.
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is well suited for many environments as a primary firewall, VPN server, and proxy server. For small to medium offices, it offers dead simple configuration and management. Large corporate environments may look to other big name providers, however pfSense can easily compete with those in performance and reliability. Hardware devices can also be purchased making pfSense an all-in-one solution for even the largest of environments.

pfSense is less well suited for home or home-office environments as it's a little over kill and with high bandwidth home connections, a larger device will be needed for throughput.
germary zambrano | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The scenarios where this software can be used are where companies have a large number of users in the network, to create reliable network structures for services. It's also well suited in companies that create applications or systems that have to launch them to the internet and this system can be managed DNS server to be assigned to these applications.
In short, this system is very complete and can be used in large, medium or small companies. It is only necessary to have a vision of what is required and this software will cover your needs.
Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Pfsense will perfectly fit in to branch offices, mid size companies and will fulfill all the goals to merge all the ISP and have a less exposed web navigation. For those companies that need load balancing, VPN connections with less effort and reducing the cost of licenses Pfsense lets you control the traffic with accurate insight.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense is great for us, in a small business environment. It offers all the features and capabilities that we need, at the right price.

I'm not sure how pfSense would fare in a larger network environment (multiple hundreds - thousands of users) as I've never supported a network with that many users.

For small - medium sized businesses, with a part time network administrator available, pfSense is perfect.
Paolo Daniele | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Great scenario is to use pfsense as a router to protect your network from unwanted access. It is possible to integrate some modules like pfBlocker to deny/allow inbound from specific country or to prevent some spam from an IP address in public spam list databases.
It's useful in a SOHO infrastructure but for a very large company with a high constant bandwidth traffic, there are more powerful tools.
July 27, 2016

pfSense - Review

Rikia Kosaka | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I would totally be fine with putting pfSense in an operations/office space. I would be hesitant to put pfSense in a production environment. Likely reasoning being hardware, however I've seen many new pfSense hardware coming out in the recent days though I have yet to use them.
Richard Kiernan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
pfSense may be deemed too risky an investment for larger organisations as their perceptions that they need to purchase an "enterprise appliance" will carry more gravitas with a CTO or IT head but it's important that potential users understand that most firewall solutions are built off the same Unix derived core code and as such you're paying over the odds for the name not better technology.
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