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Anonymous User
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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Old and outdated infrastructure procured before I joined the company.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... more»
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... 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... 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... more»

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

It was straightforward to buy from pfSense.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We came from OneStart. OneStart was out of data and at end of life. Thus, we had to switch. pfSense was originally... more»

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,... more»
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Christopher Collins
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... 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... more»

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

Spend at least $300 or more on a good pfSense box. Use a hard drive, and not a USB flash drive for pfSense storage.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not use a previous solution. I recommend pfSense because it's free, open source software.

What other advice do I have?

The learning curve is steep, but once you get the basics down, it's very robust and easy to use. There are plenty of... 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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»

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

It is a free solution.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used to use Empalis. We actually started to replace our Empalis with pfSense first to do testing, and see if it... 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... more»
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

* The central point of management, like the long-rumored pfCenter. * Better parsing of logs: At the moment, you have to... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Anonymous User
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... 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... 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... more»

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

Open Source - just download! If you need support, it's available.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Fortinet, SourceFire, etc.... the cost... oh the cost! Why pay these guys when I can use pfSense for free AND only pay... more»

What other advice do I have?

It's an amazing product. There really are few issues with pfSense.
Gustavo Rendon
Real User
Owner with 51-200 employees
Nov 28 2017

What is most valuable?

Routing, load balancing, Traffic Limiter and queues. Since this company relies on an Internet connection, having these... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We had two ISPs, and still our Internet connection was awful. By installing pfSense and configuring load balancing and... more»

What needs improvement?

Reporting and real-time monitoring, since I'm used to Watchguard's reporting features, it would be nice to have an... more»

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

If you need to buy hardware onto which to install PfSense, go with their boxes on their website, they are great. If you... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Actually, PfSense replaced a Watchguard firewall, mostly due to costs. But I haven't missed it since.

What other advice do I have?

Just go with it, can't go wrong.
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