pfSense Valuable Features

Ray Ost
CEO at Private
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. View full review »
reviewer963351
IT Manager & Sr. Application Programmer with 11-50 employees
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 use: * IPSec: pfSense allows for both v1 and v2 IPSec configurations to secure your connections. * IPS: You can use Snort or Suricata along with Snort packages, even subscribe to commercial packages if you wish. This alone starts making pfSense on par with Cisco. * Proxy/content filtering: You can install Squid and SquidGuard to act as a proxy and content filter. Yes, it does filter HTTPS, and there's a number of ways you can do it out of the box. pfSense also reformatted their logs so that they're compliant and standardized. We have our logs shipped to our SIEM and Logstash servers. View full review »
Koen Van Cauwenberghe
Network and Office Manager with 11-50 employees
* 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 solution. Therefore, the price is good. * OPNsense. * The performance and functionality are good. View full review »
Christopher Collins
IT Support Engineer
* The VPN and the firewall. They are reliable and easy to manage. * The VPN is valuable for setting up secure remote connections to our network. * pfSense has the OpenVPN package which is a well-supported VPN software. * The "OpenVPN Client Export" package is really helpful in exporting the VPN client software on most popular devices: iOS/Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, and a handful of SIP handsets. View full review »
COO998b301
COO at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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 percent of the required tasks with 10 percent of the knowledge. The IPsec and VPN services, as well as the interoperability with other solutions such as Cisco, Juniper, and Palo Alto have been invaluable. View full review »
Reinhardt Jansen
Senior Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
I have not had one issue with pfSense at all, which is amazing. View full review »
Haytham Tarek
Founder and MD at Smart Solution
One of the most valuable features of this solution is that it's almost entirely free and I can do everything with it. View full review »
Anders Olsson
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
* 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 strongSwan IPSec is a great implementation. * Proxy features are excellent (except MITM). View full review »
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. View full review »
it_user221862
Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I use pfSense because it gives me the flexibility to greatly expand basic firewall features. It's open source (and free - as in beer and speech), but also has commercial support. This can be run on any commodity hardware on the market (I've ran it on AMD and Intel - even Atom, processors) and throughput is excellent, even with lower speed CPUs and less RAM. View full review »
Gustavo Rendon
Owner with 51-200 employees
Routing, load balancing, Traffic Limiter and queues. Since this company relies on an Internet connection, having these features is a must. View full review »
Matt Bilbrey
IT Director
Most valuable is a 50/50 between no licensing (cough Cisco) and being able to actually repair a firewall instead of replace since pfSense can be loaded to any x86/x64 PC or Server. View full review »
Svetoslav Bakalov
IT Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features for me and my current company are the open VPN capabilities and the firewall service. View full review »
it_user461160
Gérant chez
We use the open source version and we chose the hardware platform. For pfSense the valuable features are: * High availability * VPN (openVPN) * Easy administration * Extensibility (by modules) * Easy backup/restore, independent platform not linked to a commercial vendor View full review »
Jinlong Ye
HTS Engineering - Heat Transfer Solutions at a construction company with 201-500 employees
The easy to use GUI. Less training is required for the newcomers in IT. View full review »
Winston Barbosa
Infrastructure Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees
Among the most valuable features I have found in PFsense are: Easy to deploy and easy to use, traffic graphics are excellent and tools that can be included as squid, snort, squidguard, ntop, pfblogNG, support wonderfully the purpose of generating PFsense. View full review »
Rildo Cezar Pordeus
Sócio at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Outbound Load Balance for internet links work great. It's very good to keep internet access for the company we support. View full review »
it_user307602
Snr. VOIP Specialist at Digital Globe Services
The GUI is an all in one solution that includes features such as DHCP, VPN, Squid, Firewall, etc. View full review »
CMEDRANO
student at a university with 51-200 employees
* The part of the firewall and aliases * The content filter in non-transparent mode and transparent mode with Squid and SquidGuard * The possibility of adding packages to perform network analysis * Creation of certificates * The facility to administer services View full review »
MarcosMedina
Analista Senior at a tech services company
Security and stability. The pfSense server acts as "IPSec VPN Server" for a small financial institution, but regardless of the company size, interruptions would cause significant financial impact. View full review »
Luis Castro
Specialist in IT Infrastructure, Networks and Software Quality at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Security * Stability * Integration with other systems * Easy assimilation of its features * Easy administration * Multiple network management tools * Load balancing * Multiple links * High availability, etc. View full review »
Ross Bennett
Senior Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
The ability to perform packet captures on the command line and via the GUI is useful for diagnosing problems. View full review »
Mervin Sosa
Consultant
Centralized administration with multiple services, which allows for execution in several important functionalities of information security. View full review »
MARCELO SOUZA
CEO with 11-50 employees
Ease of monitoring and placement of other packages and functionalities next to the equipment. View full review »
Jaco Lange
Managing Director with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the proactive network protection. We also find the following components valuable: * pFBlocker * Squid * SquidGuard * Firewall View full review »
Alejandro Vera Moran
User with 51-200 employees
The ability to create a VPN allows me to monitor branch offices from a central location. View full review »
reviewer831174
Student
Stateful packet inspection. It works quite well for an open source product. View full review »

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