pfSense Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
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Real User
IT Support Engineer
Jul 13 2017

What is most valuable?

* The VPN and the firewall. They are reliable and easy to manage. * The VPN is valuable for setting up secure remote connections to our network. * pfSense has the OpenVPN package which is a well-supported VPN software. * The "OpenVPN Client... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our security. Users can work offsite and connect to the VPN.

What needs improvement?

Network monitoring and device inventory could use some improvements. I'm using SpiceWorks for this because it never really worked in pfSense. Network monitoring is a big topic and I realize there is plenty of software out there like... more»
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Real User
Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 16 2017

What is most valuable?

I use pfSense because it gives me the flexibility to greatly expand basic firewall features. It's open source (and free - as in beer and speech), but also has commercial support. This can be run on any commodity hardware on the market (I've... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I stood up pfSense in a Large Telecom providers Lab environment for their next generation products. I was able to achieve 10G throughput (about 9.1 true throughput as tested over 4 days solid), and only hit a max of 20% CPU utilization on a... more»

What needs improvement?

The GUI. There are TONS of plugins for pfSense, as such, if a user wants to add quite a bit of functionality, the GUI will feel a little congested.
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Real User
Owner with 51-200 employees
Nov 28 2017

What do you think of pfSense?

Primary Use Case Primary we use it for bandwidth limiting and load balancing our ISPs. And Pfsense excels doing that.  • Valuable Features Routing, load balancing, Traffic Limiter and queues. Since this company relies on an Internet connection, having these features is a must. • 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. • 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...
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Real User
IT Director
Jun 30 2017

What do you think of pfSense?

Valuable Features Most valuable is a 50/50 between no licensing (cough Cisco) and being able to actually repair a firewall instead of replace since pfSense can be loaded to any x86/x64 PC or Server. • Improvements to My Organization Increasing customer satisfaction by not having to ask for license fees any time a new feature is needed. The redundancy and scalability is very nice too. • Room for Improvement The GUI could use more “bells and whistles”. It's got plenty of info for a Sysadmin but some people like shiny things. • Stability Issues Rarely and almost always due to bad configuration or failing hardware. • Scalability Issues No, pfSense can be installed on a decommissioned PC or a brand new 4U quad CPU server. If you need better hardware from the first...
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User
Infrastructure Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Among the most valuable features I have found in PFsense are: Easy to deploy and easy to use, traffic graphics are excellent and tools that can be included as squid, snort, squidguard, ntop, pfblogNG, support wonderfully the purpose of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Use it to filter traffic and restrict browsing by profiles, use ACLs with Squid. When using the load balancing functionality the performance is excellent, the best I could have 3 operators at the time.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps the documentation is not clear and because it is supported in the community there is no basic documentation, although the support of the community in the forums is excellent and there is always a solution
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What is pfSense?

Providing comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.
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