pfSense Reviews

pfSense is the #3 ranked solution of our top Firewalls tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to OPNsense - pfSense vs OPNsense

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Ray Ost
Vendor
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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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Davy MOUSSAVOU
Real User
Head of Department of operational and compliance at ACE GABON
Jun 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the VPN and the captive portal. Captive portal and VPN are easy to deploy.

How has it helped my organization?

It's difficult to say how it has made a difference in my organization.

What needs improvement?

I haven't experienced many problems when dealing with the solution, so I don't know if there are areas that need improvement. If a user doesn't have a large amount of experience in Linux systems, they will have problems using this solution… more »

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

The pricing of the solution is fair. I've also paid for a license that includes Entreprise support. Our license lasts for two years.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a special relationship with the solution. We just use it on a regular basis. I'm not sure if I'm using the latest version of the solution or not. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten since I've never had… more »
Eddie Kibuuka
Real User
Manager, Operations at SUS-TECH Limited
Jul 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is very robust.

What needs improvement?

The solution can be complex. It needs a bigger team with more coding skills than what we have at our disposal. With our skillsets, we're facing a lot of limitations. We're a team of four who handles 12 independent companies under a larger umbrella. Our workload is already quite high. We need… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We originally used this solution way back in 2011. We used it for about 18 months. Then we then migrated on to a system called Kerio Control. We realized that we needed something a little bit more robust than Kerio Control. So we then moved back to pfSense as of last year.

What other advice do I have?

We're just users of the product. We're not consultants or resellers. It's your basic firewall setup. However, when we looked at Sophos, we found that Sophos offered a lot more as it's a fully unified solution and had a firewall, as well as anti-virus and network monitoring capabilities. This… more »
Real User
System Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 23 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is an open-source product, which makes it very cost-effective. Overall, it covers all of the requirements our organization has at this time. The initial setup is easy.

What needs improvement?

As an open-source solution, there are so many loopholes happening within the product. By design, no one is taking ownership of it, and that is worrisome to me. Integration with other products could be improved. It needs log research… more »

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

The solution is open-source and therefore the solution is very cost-effective.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did previously use a different solution before switching to pfSense. We originally switched to this solution due to the fact that it was so cost-effective.

What other advice do I have?

We're just using this solution; we don't have a relationship with the vendor. In terms of the version of pfSense we are using, we have that basic boss, 1.0 however, that is behind the firewall. The firewall which we were using is UTM1240B… 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 AB Edsbyverken
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
pfSense customers
Nerds On Site Inc., RKC Development Inc., Expertech, Fisher's Technology, Ncisive, Consulting, CPURX, Vaughn's Computer House Calls, Imeretech LLC, Digital Crisis, Carolina Digital Phone, Technigogo Technology Services, The Simple Solution, SwiftecITInc, Rocky Mountain Tech Team, Free Range Geeks, Alaska Computer Geeks, Lark Information Technology, Renaissance Systems Inc., Cutting Edge Computers, Caretech LLC, GoVanguard, Network Touch Ltd, P.C. Solutions.Net, Vision Voice and Data Systems LLC, Montgomery Technologies, Techforce, Concero Networks, ASONInc, CPS Electronics and Consulting, Darkwire.net LLC, IT Specialists, MBS-Net Inc., VOICE1 LLC, Advantage Networking Inc., Powerhouse Systems, Doxa Multimedia Inc., Pro Computer Service, Virtual IT Services, A&J Computers Inc., Envision IT LLC, CommunicaONE Inc., Bone Computer Inc., Amax Engineering Corporation, QPG Ltd. Co., IT 101 Inc., Perfect Cloud Solutions, Applied Technology Group Inc., The Digital Sun Group LLC, Firespring
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