pfSense Previous Solutions

Ray Ost
CEO at Private
I previously evaluated eSoft by Untangle. Untangle is an open source company but you have to buy custom add-on's to get it to work. I bought eSoft and it's very good. I am also the CEO of my company. This technical part, it's not my profession, but I get less and less time to invest, and more time playing around with this stuff. When we were growing, a small company, eSoft was small, so I needed a bigger one. I had to reset eSoft every week because of the growing traffic over it. I wanted a bigger one and it was not available. What I wanted to do was not possible with Untangle. Untangle was basic stuff. I bought the pfSense appliance and it's open source, but I support the project. I bought it and I got disappointed because I again wanted a bigger one. My first choice would be Cisco because of my background but Cisco is expensive. eSoft was good. Before switching from eSoft to pfSense, Cisco at that time was not an option. Every software in our company, every desktop, every server, is open source. If it isn't CentOS then it's Red Hat or Ubuntu. Open source was preferred and pfSense was number one on the list. View full review »
IT Manager & Sr. Application Programmer with 11-50 employees
Old and outdated infrastructure procured before I joined the company. View full review »
Koen Van Cauwenberghe
Network and Office Manager with 11-50 employees
We came from OneStart. OneStart was out of data and at end of life. Thus, we had to switch. pfSense was originally proposed to us by the dealer and our external IT help. View full review »
Christopher Collins
IT Support Engineer
We did not use a previous solution. I recommend pfSense because it's free, open source software. View full review »
COO at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It's not that we thought that we needed to invest in a new solution. You reach a certain point where you have to go out and review what you have in place and see if it still is the best solution available for the amount of money being spent. We're much larger than we used to be, and we needed to make sure that this is still the best solution for us. The most criteria for me when selecting a vendor are * Responsiveness * Expense * Performance of the product. View full review »
Reinhardt Jansen
Senior Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
We used to use Empalis. We actually started to replace our Empalis with pfSense first to do testing, and see if it would actually work for us. This was just a test phase, before we went over to Meraki. So far, pfSenses outperform Merakis. View full review »
Anders Olsson
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We used to use a lot of different solutions. After comparing a lot of solutions, the choice was Netgate pfSense. View full review »
Alfredo Cornell
Chief Technology Officer at Xpro Networks
We also use MikroTik, Barracuda, and StoneWall. View full review »
Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Fortinet, SourceFire, etc.... the cost... oh the cost! Why pay these guys when I can use pfSense for free AND only pay for support when and if I need it? View full review »
Gustavo Rendon
Owner with 51-200 employees
Actually, PfSense replaced a Watchguard firewall, mostly due to costs. But I haven't missed it since. View full review »
Matt Bilbrey
IT Director
NETGEAR or Cisco. Switched because NETGEAR didn’t always offer the functionality and Cisco was very complicated and expensive. View full review »
Svetoslav Bakalov
IT Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
I was using FortiGate and other firewall and VPN solutions. They were all ou0dated and too complicated to maintain. The change was made due to the ease of use of pfSense and the features that it provides. View full review »
Gérant chez
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. View full review »
Jinlong Ye
HTS Engineering - Heat Transfer Solutions at a construction company with 201-500 employees
FreeBSD box was an old setup from 1998, so it was time to upgrade without it being costly. View full review »
Winston Barbosa
Infrastructure Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees
Fortinet, TMG Microsoft, SonicWall, scalability, cost View full review »
Rildo Cezar Pordeus
Sócio at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
I used Kerio and Microsoft. I switched because I was looking for something with better security and for someone who could fix bugs faster. View full review »
Snr. VOIP Specialist at Digital Globe Services
Earlier, I was using FortiGate. Due to budget issues we moved to pfSense. View full review »

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