pfSense Review

Easy backup restore, independent platform not linked to a commercial vendor.

What is most valuable?

We use the open source version and we chose the hardware platform.

For pfSense the valuable features are:

  • High availability
  • VPN (openVPN)
  • Easy administration
  • Extensibility (by modules)
  • Easy backup/restore, independent platform not linked to a commercial vendor

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the solution since version 2.1, which was three years ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We did not encounter any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did not encounter any issues with scalability. It depends on the hardware, not the software.

How is customer service and technical support?

I can't say. We provide our own support to our customers, as we are Linux, FreeBSD and IP specialists.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used Watchguard and Endian, but pfSense is the most complete for layer 3 firewalls. We split the roles. We use pfSense only for the layer 3 and other products for proxy and reverse proxy (Diladele, Nginx) so we are not dependent of a constructor and easily update each part.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is easy and done in a few steps.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You pay only the support and the price depends on the hardware not the functionalities.

What other advice do I have?

The pfSense product is very powerful in layer 3 but you must add some products to match a viable commercial product which generally has all the functions integrated in one hardware system (proxy, antivirus, etc.).

For us pfSense is better for layer 3. We use MailCleaner for the mail relay, and Diladele for the web proxy. We like to split the functionalities for security reasons.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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