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Ray Ost
Real User
CEO at Private
Apr 07 2019

What is most valuable?

I'm still experimenting with some new features. I want to do a high availability configuration. I haven't done that yet, but I'm using OpenVPN, it's very handy.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

Some suggestions for improvement of pfSense are: * Adjustment in the interfaces: I had to adjust those interfaces manually and of course that is a great feature that you… more»

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

I prefer appliance licensing with pfSense (Community Edition). * It's free. * It's very stable. * It's only on the hardware, it can be very fast. Choose the appliances… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I definitely plan to increase using pfSense. I am going for a higher capacity. If power fails or one server dies, or one gateway dies, the other servers will take over… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I used to be a Cisco network expert. I used to train people and I've done some Cisco projects myself. I know Cisco by heart but I was less excited about Microsoft, so I… more»
Real User
IT Manager & Sr. Application Programmer with 11-50 employees
Nov 21 2018

What is most valuable?

There are so many packages you can install which extends pfSense's capabilities including consuming from lists such as FireHOL, Pi-Hole, etc. Here are a few packages we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're a small business growing rapidly. We recently overhauled the IT infrastructure, and after looking at a number of other competitors, pfSense has been a lifesaver… more»

What needs improvement?

While I agree spam filtering is not included or an option with the system, I don't necessarily hold that against the product as there are a number of other services that… more»

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

For the cost and what's included, you can't beat it, no way no how. If you're worried about enterprise solutions, the only thing you need to do then is to purchase a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Old and outdated infrastructure procured before I joined the company.

What other advice do I have?

I strongly recommend giving pfSense a hard look. I've been in IT for 20+ years, and I've run the gambit on other firewalls. pfSense definitely can hold it's own against… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco, WatchGuard, Sophos, Fortinet, Untangle, Juniper.
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Koen Van Cauwenberghe
Real User
Network and Office Manager with 11-50 employees
Jun 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* I can manage it easily by myself. * The interaction between the same firewalls is good. We can connect VPNs over the same firewall easily. * It is an open source… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I do not have any big malware in my network, partly because of pfSense. The firewall blocks every malfunctioning malware or virus. Also, the access from outside our… more»

What needs improvement?

A malware blocker should be included. I do not know if it is included yet. However, until now, we have not experienced a large malware invasion. There are a few features… more»

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

It was straightforward to buy from pfSense.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend it. It is manageable and straightforward. It is not so complex. You have to know the different rules, but you can manage it easily. The performance is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

From Sonic Wall, their price is much higher, because for every feature that you want to add, you have to pay. I can do the same things with pfSense, but everything is… more»
COO998b301
Real User
COO at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature: It is easy to manage. I don't have to have highly trained engineers. A mid-level employee who is conversant with firewalls can take care of managing it. It's the 90 percent/10 percent equation. They can perform 90… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The web management interface is ridiculously easy to utilize, even for the junior engineers on staff. Given the ease of use, this solution has minimized staff and training costs considerably. The ability to integrate packages, such as… more»

What needs improvement?

They need to take care of a few issues with the GUI. Occasionally, they don't update the configurations properly. I would also like them to firm up the VPN aspect of the software a bit and provide better monitoring software. When a carrier… more»

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

In comparison to a lot of other solutions, it's very inexpensive. It is a great solution that is economical. It scales so the cost per protected MB is almost free.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»
Reinhardt Jansen
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Jun 14 2018

What is most valuable?

I have not had one issue with pfSense at all, which is amazing.

How has it helped my organization?

After we started with testing with it a bit, it showed that it can be utilized in a way that we wanted to utilize it.

What needs improvement?

Layer 7 filtering has been taken away from pfSense. They would like us to use Snort, which is a good thing, but I would like them to make the Layer 7 thing easier. The one… more»

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

It is a free solution.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

They need to look at all the communities, comparisons, etc. and read up about the issues and problems people are having with some of the solutions, then see if those… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We originally looked at SonicWall, but we chose pfSense because of pricing (since it is free) and it has issues that pfSense does not have. We are currently migrating over… more»
Haytham Tarek
Real User
Founder and MD at Smart Solution
Apr 03 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of this solution is that it's almost entirely free and I can do everything with it.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

It has everything I need, but the main drawback of pfSense is that it's not user-friendly. I hope to have something to make the interfaces more user-friendly. I would also like to see some… more»

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

It is completely free.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. I give it this rating because of the rich features available. pfSense is free and I can do everything with it. It works as a firewall for servers also.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Fortigate.
Anders Olsson
Real User
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 17 2018

What is most valuable?

* 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. * The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Outstanding support * Great packages to expand the solution to your needs * The same config can easily be migrated to better hardware when you need it.

What needs improvement?

* The central point of management, like the long-rumored pfCenter. * Better parsing of logs: At the moment, you have to use an external server for this if you want a… more»

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

All costs are low compared to other solutions. The hardware is stable and cheap. There is no licensing fee except for the enterprise support, if you want it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to use a lot of different solutions. After comparing a lot of solutions, the choice was Netgate pfSense.

What other advice do I have?

If you don't have a policy that says "only proprietary software" in your company, there is no reason not to go for pfSense. If you are still in doubt, take the cheap (and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cisco, Fortinet, and Sophos.
Alfredo Cornell
Reseller
Chief Technology Officer at Xpro Networks
Apr 02 2019

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

We install it for clients that don't have a network available or the network is not ready for phone deployments. We're a phone company. We use pfSense to connect to the router and normally we connect clients to client VPNs, and then from… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see SD1 integration into the software. That would be fantastic.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We also use MikroTik, Barracuda, and StoneWall.

What other advice do I have?

Any network engineer will understand how this solution works. It's not so complex to understand and be familiar with. It will require a certain level of networking knowledge to use it but we're at an enterprise level and we're a… more»
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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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