pfSense Review
By installing pfSense and configuring load balancing and limiting bandwidth, we now have a reliable and stable connection.​


Primary Use Case

Primary we use it for bandwidth limiting and load balancing our ISPs. And Pfsense excels doing that. 

Improvements to My Organization

We had two ISPs, and still our Internet connection was awful. By installing pfSense and configuring load balancing and limiting bandwidth, we now have a reliable and stable connection.

Valuable Features

Routing, load balancing, Traffic Limiter and queues. Since this company relies on an Internet connection, having these features is a must.

Room for Improvement

Reporting and real-time monitoring, since I'm used to Watchguard's reporting features, it would be nice to have an embedded solution for reporting. 

Stability Issues

Close to none. One time, while upgrading, the system crashed and had to install from scratch. After some research, it was due to an unsupported package that I had installed which the new version didn't like. I just installed and restored my configuration and that was it. No biggy.

Scalability Issues

Haven't tested this part since the company hasn't grown much.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Haven't used the official support channels. The community forum is awesome when you're looking for quick answers.

Previous Solutions

Actually, PfSense replaced a Watchguard firewall, mostly due to costs. But I haven't missed it since.

Initial Setup

Very straightforward. For a small company with few configuration options it works almost out-of-the-box. The firewall comes with basic outgoing and incoming rules, and you take it from there.

Implementation Team

The implementation was made in-house. 

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

If you need to buy hardware onto which to install PfSense, go with their boxes on their website, they are great. If you already have the hardware, just download and install, it works great either way.

Other Solutions Considered

I did, I evaluated Untangle, IPCop and MikroTik.

Other Advice

Just go with it, can't go wrong.

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

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