pfSense Stability

Ray Ost
CEO at Private
pfSense is very stable. My own disappointment is the appliance only worked for a year and two months. It might be just bad luck, but that was very disappointing. I had to use pfSense Community Edition on a general desktop. That was done within three hours. It took me three hours just to get the hardware, download the software, and then set it up to get everything working again. After that, I ordered the new server with two servers: one has to be active and the other standby. I am going to try higher scalability on it using pfSense. The configuration is already on the servers. I did all this myself because of my experience. The utilization of the CPU, etc., it's very low. I like pfSense. It doesn't take too many resources and it's very stable. View full review »
reviewer963351
IT Manager & Sr. Application Programmer with 11-50 employees
We have not encountered any stability issues and have upgraded to each version over the years. They've really made a rock solid solution. View full review »
Koen Van Cauwenberghe
Network and Office Manager with 11-50 employees
I am satisfied with the stability. View full review »
Christopher Collins
IT Support Engineer
It seems to run stable, as long as the hardware is good. I tried running pfSense on a USB flash drive. After a month, I was having to re-install/re-configure pfSense on a new flash drive. I did that for a couple of months and collected a bunch of broken flash drives. Even though their online documents claim that pfSense can run on flash drives, it really just breaks the flash drive after a month or less. View full review »
COO998b301
COO at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It's very stable. It's based on BSD, which is a very stable operating system. View full review »
Reinhardt Jansen
Senior Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Stability has been excellent. We have experienced no issues; it never fails. View full review »
Haytham Tarek
Founder and MD at Smart Solution
I depend on and use VMware ESXi with vSphere in my deployment, virtualization. pfSense is more stable and reliable if you install it directly on the server, i.e. not being installed as a virtual machine. That makes it very stable. View full review »
Anders Olsson
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Our appliance is under constant heavy load by several services, and it's rock solid stable. I had stability issues only with a GUI that used to hang. It didn't affect any services, but it was a little annoying that we needed to restart the PHP often. View full review »
Alfredo Cornell
Chief Technology Officer at Xpro Networks
The solution is pretty stable, that's why we use it. There aren't any problems. View full review »
it_user221862
Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
A little... BUT, this was contributed to a failing Arista switch that would do a coredump and reboot. The pfSense installation at high speeds failed over perfectly though. View full review »
Gustavo Rendon
Owner with 51-200 employees
Close to none. One time, while upgrading, the system crashed and had to install from scratch. After some research, it was due to an unsupported package that I had installed which the new version didn't like. I just installed and restored my configuration and that was it. No biggy. View full review »
Matt Bilbrey
IT Director
Rarely and almost always due to bad configuration or failing hardware. View full review »
Svetoslav Bakalov
IT Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
We never had any stability issues, even during high load usages. View full review »
it_user461160
Gérant chez
We did not encounter any issues with stability. View full review »
Jinlong Ye
HTS Engineering - Heat Transfer Solutions at a construction company with 201-500 employees
We had a stability issue. A handful of times the firewall box froze and needed a power cycle. View full review »
Winston Barbosa
Infrastructure Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees
No, in fact I have one more than 4 years ago in production and it works perfect View full review »
Rildo Cezar Pordeus
Sócio at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
There were no stability issues. If there are issues, they usually stem from a hardware fault. View full review »
it_user307602
Snr. VOIP Specialist at Digital Globe Services
There were no stability issues. View full review »
MarcosMedina
Analista Senior at a tech services company
With regard to this configuration, I consider it a stable solution. View full review »
Alejandro Vera Moran
User with 51-200 employees

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