pfSense Review

A firewall or router computer software distribution solution with a useful VPN feature


What is our primary use case?

I tested it for firewall, networks, and network stability and as a VPN access point.

What is most valuable?

I especially like the VPN part. It works like a charm.

What needs improvement?

I tried pfSense, and it has a big issue with file system consistency, and this is what drove me to OPNsense. The file system stability is quite a big issue for us. We have a lot of outages related to power issues, and OPNsense is much more stable on this side.

I would like it to be more stable on the file system part. It also has an issue with the ARP publishing, but it's common to BSD, and some providers experience issues with Layer 2 connectivity.

For how long have I used the solution?

I tested pfSense for six months, but it had quite a lot of networking issues related to latency and ARP publishing. So, I immediately switched to OPNsense.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I'd like to see its stability improved. I know the BSD Kernel is more capable than what pfSense provides at this time.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable. It implements specific protocols for scalability.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It took me about ten to 15 minutes to install it and maybe half an hour for configuration.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution if there are no power issues. It's stable and performs well, even on older hardware.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give pfSense a nine.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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