pfSense Review

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

What is our primary use case?

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

How has it helped 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.

What is most valuable?

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

What needs 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. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How is customer service and technical support?

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

Which solutions did we use previously?

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

How was the 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.

What about the implementation team?

The implementation was made in-house. 

What's my experience with 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did, I evaluated Untangle, IPCop and MikroTik.

What other advice do I have?

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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