pfSense Pros and Cons

pfSense Pros

Ray Ost
CEO at Private
I had some outages in the network and we provide services for our company. We sell mobile credits. The terminal gets access to our own server inside the network and if one internet fails, then the other one is still up and we have a back-up link on the devices.
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Davy MOUSSAVOU
Head of Department of operational and compliance at ACE GABON
The most valuable features are the VPN and the capture photo.
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Haytham Tarek
Founder and MD at Smart Solution
My company mainly works in the health and educational domain, schools and universities. I prevent the improper use of content from schools and universities. I defend the medical records for the patients in our hospitals. That is the main use case for me for the firewall.
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Anders Olsson
Systems Administrator at AB Edsbyverken
Super easy to manage. Anyone who has been working with firewalls can handle it.
There is good documentation with a fantastic community and enterprise support.
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Alfredo Cornell
Chief Technology Officer at Xpro Networks
We generally use it because it's cheap. When we need something more robust we use Barracuda and Sony Wireless Routers. For certain clients, we use pfSense because it's compatible with the VoIP platform.
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reviewer1356246
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is very good, where you can do an HA configuration and then bring in another box, if necessary.
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Arturo Rony-Oncebay Casanova
System Implementer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was simple and fast.
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Ross Bennett
Senior Systems Engineer at KeyTrust
The ability to perform packet captures on the command line and via the GUI is useful for diagnosing problems.
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SherifSafwat
IT Manager at alfascan
This solution has increased the level of security, given us more control, provided a deep insight into network traffic, and is a great VPN solution.
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Jaco Lange
Managing Director at VPN Technologies
This solution has helped our organization by protecting our network from attacks.
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pfSense Cons

Ray Ost
CEO at Private
Adjustment in the interfaces: I had to adjust those interfaces manually and of course that is a great feature that you can restore it but it is immediately also one point for improvement. If you don't have to adjust, if it's just stamped and it works, that's great.
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Davy MOUSSAVOU
Head of Department of operational and compliance at ACE GABON
If a user doesn't have a large amount of experience in Linux systems, they will have problems using this solution. Users need to be highly skilled in troubleshooting competency. Users who do not have such skills will find the product difficult to use.
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Haytham Tarek
Founder and MD at Smart Solution
pfSense is not user-friendly. I hope to have something to make the interfaces more user-friendly.
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Anders Olsson
Systems Administrator at AB Edsbyverken
It needs better parsing of logs. At the moment, you have to use an external server for this if you want a deeper analysis.
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Alfredo Cornell
Chief Technology Officer at Xpro Networks
I would like to see SD1 integration into the software. That would be fantastic.
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reviewer1356246
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I would like to see different graphs available in the reporting.
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Arturo Rony-Oncebay Casanova
System Implementer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
ClamAV AntiVirus can cause some crashes. That service should be improved.
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Ross Bennett
Senior Systems Engineer at KeyTrust
I would like to see multiple DNS servers running on individual interfaces.
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SherifSafwat
IT Manager at alfascan
We would like to see ready-made profiles to cover most users' needs.
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Jaco Lange
Managing Director at VPN Technologies
This product needs improvements with respect to reporting and auditing.
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Learn what your peers think about pfSense. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2020.
426,487 professionals have used our research since 2012.