pfSense Reviews

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Allan Leung | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 02, 2019

pfSense Review from an SME IT manager

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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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Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 22, 2019

pfSense - The Firewall for Everyone!

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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.
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Christian Shaheen | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 28, 2019

pfSense - A great middle of the road solution

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 30, 2019

Very competitive reliable solution

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Works great as a VPN solution and a firewall. Does not work well in a virtual environment. PfSense needs to be a dedicated physical box.
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Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 30, 2018

pfSense offers an all in one network appliance that saves time and money!

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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.
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Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 22, 2018

pfSense firewall/router is a lightweight and supported alternative to hardware-based options.

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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.
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Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 07, 2018

PfSense decent Open Source Firewall to reduce costs!

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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.
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germary zambrano | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 13, 2018

iron firewall for your services

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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.
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Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 12, 2017

Robust, configurable, feature-rich, and RELIABLE network infrastructure at the perfect price.

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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.
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Paolo Daniele | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 01, 2017

PfSense: A powerful tool in your hand

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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.
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Rikia Kosaka | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 27, 2016

pfSense - Review

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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.
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Richard Kiernan | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 09, 2016

It's free - what's not to like!

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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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pfSense Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Identification Technologies (1)
3
Visualization Tools (1)
6
Content Inspection (1)
8
Policy-based Controls (1)
7
Active Directory and LDAP (1)
4
Firewall Management Console (1)
8
Reporting and Logging (1)
6
VPN (1)
10
High Availability (1)
9
Stateful Inspection (1)
9
Proxy Server (1)
9

About pfSense

pfSense is an open-source firewall and load management product. It provides combined firewall, VPN, and router functionality. It can be deployed through the cloud (AWS or Azure), or on-premises via Netgate. 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.

Categories:  Firewall

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