OPNsense Reviews

OPNsense is the #18 ranked solution of our top Firewalls tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to pfSense - OPNsense vs pfSense

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Michal Konecny
Reseller
Consultant at INCONSYS GmbH
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is that the program helped me to realize all the requested functionality that was needed: - IPsec VPN connections to remote gateways from various Vendors - IPsec VPN… more »

What needs improvement?

Something that needs to improve is the translation. This comes into play when you have a remote and a local site and you have to work with two different transfer networks for each direction. What I'm… more »

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

There are no licensing costs for OPNsense.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are using several VPN gateways. We are using our primary solutions in our company, making all the IT for the complete caller group. The caller group has around about 1,600 people in 10 companies… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to compare all the solutions because they all offer something different. Find out what's available and get a feeling for the product and look at the configurations on the firewall… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had to evaluate other solutions because our primary solution was Juniper SRX, but we were not happy with the features. So we had no other choice and we were forced to look for something else. We… more »
YaserAljohani
Real User
OT/ICS Information Security Specialist at SANS
Jul 02 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features in OPNsense are reporting and visibility. The visibility is awesome. With the visibility, you can see the data source, data destination, the source port, destination port, protocols, the most used, the malicious… more »

What needs improvement?

I have some issues with OPNsense. I have created a virtual machine that I've lost connection at times and I am not able to connect to the gateway or ping the internet. When I started with OPNsense, it worked right away. It may be an issue… more »

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

OPNsense is a well known open-source tool.

What other advice do I have?

I don't have any information on the bandwidth and what it can handle, or how many workstations can work with it. This information is very important, but I can't find any resources for this information. The reporting is amazing. You can… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am currently evaluating and searching for open-source enterprise firewalls and doing a comparison of the features between all of them. I am assessing the pros and cons of vendors. I am looking for something that will give me a report on… more »
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Antonio EugenioBurriel
Real User
CIO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Jun 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature that we found most valuable is the flexibility. It has nothing to do with operating the firewall. It's that we can program it the way we want. There is no need… more »

How has it helped my organization?

OPNsense has been useful. It's easy to use. We can open a new VPN connection easily. It's much easier than with Fortinet in our experience. It is open source licensed… more »

What needs improvement?

In our experience, OPNsense showed me some problems when using it in different environments. The problem is integration with a virtual server. In general, OPNsense is… more »

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

We are not paying any licensing fees. OPNsense is completely free for us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used the Fortinet FortiGate switch because of the devices we have. They were limited to maybe 100-200 MB and were slowing down very drastically with… more »

What other advice do I have?

My first advice is to check the recommendations. They have online information to spec it out in general. OPNsense is a great tool for problem-solving with a VPN. It's very… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other products for defense similar to OPNsense. We weren't happy with the whole difference. We were happy with the company behind OPNsense. We will pay for… more »
Faris Khan
Real User
Support Engineer at Techaccess Pakistan
Mar 12 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is very user-friendly. It's easy to manage and deploy. The solution is good for a basic firewall for a small business or for home use.

What needs improvement?

The solution can't compete with next-generation firewalls. The solution would not be suitable for anything large-scale.

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

We are using a free version of the solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was not at the company when they had a different solution, so I am unsure as to what it was. Currently, I'm looking for another firewall and I am working on upgrading. We may use an Ignition firewall in the near future. I've also deployed… more »

What other advice do I have?

I'm just a customer. I'm not a partner or reseller. I'm not sure which version of the solution our organization is currently using. I understand that it is the most up-to-date version. I updated it two months ago. The solution is good for a… more »
FiorindoDi Agostino
Real User
System Administration Specialist at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Mar 05 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable thing about this product is that it is very easy to use. The graphic user interface is very good and it is user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

The feature that I would like to see in the next release, I think, would be to improve the VPN (Virtual Private Network) selection. Specifically, I would like to improve the section where you can set the VPN IP address to high availability.

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

OPNsense is open source software so at this time it is free for us to use.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate OPNsense between and eight or nine-out-of-ten. If I have to choose I would pick nine because it is practically a perfect solution for us. I definitely recommend the product to other people who are considering using… more »
Ercan Aycan
Real User
Founding Partner, General Manager at emsteknoloji
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

I find the solution to be user-friendly. It has a lot of reports and easy settings.

What needs improvement?

On the customer-side, because I'm a small business, I need a cheaper or free solution option. To scale, you need a different package application. It's not compatible with pfSense. Maybe there should be a different package or a different… more »

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

It costs about $1000.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to use pfSense. I switched because OPNSense is modern and new. The graphic interface is good. And sometimes pfSense is not stable. Sometimes it breaks the line and stops.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution 10 out of 10.
Real User
Owner at a construction company
Sep 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and is accessible. I can also use it without paying. The configuration is very easy, and the website makes it easy to find help if you need it.

What needs improvement?

So far, everything is okay. We've just started using the solution. As long as they continue to ensure that we are protected, it will be perfect.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did previously use another solution, but I don't recall the name. We didn't like the performance we were getting out of it.

What other advice do I have?

We use the private cloud deployment model. I would advise others thinking of implementing the solution to be aware of what you have to do to, and to plan it out beforehand. The solution is not for everybody, but it's not difficult to set up or maintain. I would rate the solution ten out of ten.
AhmedSameh
Reseller
Vice President at Jagils egypt
May 07 2020

What do you think of OPNsense?

What is most valuable?

The interface and the dashboard are the most valuable features of this solution. 

What needs improvement?

There should be more technical documentation. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it for the last year and a half. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have two customers who use this solution and ten people on my team. My clients are enterprise-size. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I am satisfied with the technical support. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy. It took around one hour. It's only getting the licensing and getting started. 

What other advice do I have?

It doesn't need a…

What is OPNsense?

OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

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