pfSense Valuable Features

Bojan Oremuz
CEO at trendnet

The classic features such as content inspection, content protection, and the application-level firewall, are the most important.

This is a feature-rich product.

The documentation is good.

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Leon Pinto
Consultant and Head of Services at ILANZ LLC

It's quite an awesome product with so many good things packed into it. I am happy with the EPLS, the radius, and I am happy with the captive portal. All in all, it's a good product. And considering that I get it for paying nothing, it's really worth the time invested in it.

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Bojan Oremuz
CEO at trendnet

Content protection, content inspection, and the application level firewall are all good features. 

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Malik Yusuf
Solution Architect, Managed Services & System Integration at Transmeet Technologies

The flexibility of adding new kinds of services without spending any money can't be beaten. We can compare services like IP blocking, blacklisting and DNS blocking, content filtering, and even deep packet inspection with other larger enterprise firewalls.

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Head of Department of operational and compliance at ACE GABON

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

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Technical Project Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is 100% free to use.

The product offers a lot of helpful plugins.

The solution is easy to use and has a elaborate GUI.

The initial setup is quite simple and straightforward.

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Eddie Kibuuka
Manager, Operations at SUS-TECH Limited

The solution is very robust.

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CTO, Software Architect, founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution is an excellent open-source product. It has a big community around it as well. Out of those few points, you'll come up to a situation whereby you can avoid the vendor lock-in. Since there is a big community, you can count on reliability. There are lots of installations and lots of people who understand how everything works. 

The solution offers excellent flexibility. You can either install pfSense just on a machine, on your local PC, or you can buy an appliance. You can even buy your own hardware and install it on your own. Of course, if you choose that route, you need to have a technical expert on your team. For us, as a software company, that's not a problem.

There are plugins you can add to the product if you want even more useability. You can even add more security functionality.

The initial setup is straightforward.

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System Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

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.

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IT analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the way it can browse packages on the internet.

The initial setup is very easy.

We've found the stability to be very good overall.

The product can scale if you need it to.

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Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The intrusion detection feature is the most valuable. It is an open-source firewall, so there is a lot of material on it. I also find the open VPN capability very nice.

It is pretty customizable. The clustering and the high availability are the two biggest things to be able to get out of a firewall. 

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CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The VPN is my favorite feature. pfSense is very easy to use. The interface and configuration capabilities are great.

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Omer Mohammed
Senior System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The developers of pfSense follow the principles of open-source.

They keep it simple. It's simple and good.

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Tony Scandora
Principal at AES Systems Corp.

It works. I put pfSense in, and it works. I can't think of any trouble I ever had with it. It runs on heat-sensitive appliances. They don't need a fan, so they don't overheat. 

It is affordable, fast, and very high-speed. It is built on BSD Unix, and it pretty much runs on any Intel processor. 

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IT Support Specialist with 51-200 employees

The built-in open VPN and the VPN Client Export are the solution's most valuable aspects.

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Javier Ruiz
General Manager at Galgus

One of the advantages of pfSense is that it is very easy to work with. It is a very good open-source solution, and it works really well.

pfSense provides a complete package. For some features, it could be the first solution in the world. It is a very good alternative in the market for a firewall solution. You don't need to go to Cisco or other brands with expensive firewalls. pfSense also allows us to offer some support services.

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IT Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I like the fact that it is open-source.

The Surakarta and the web blocking functionality seems to be quite good. It's not perfect, but none of them are.

The interface is straightforward and easy to use.

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CEO and Founder at Indicrypt Systems

The most valuable feature for our company has been the extensibility of the platform which is great. It's a great solution and I have regularly been supplying it to my clients. 

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Kenwyn Nero
Owner at IKON Business Group, Inc

I like the site-to-site VPN and the basic firewall features.

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Heriberto Pineda
Engineering Manager at UTI Tech SA de CV

It has a good web cache. I used to use a DHCP server and DNS server. For my company, I use pfSense as a load balancing application.

The HA proxy is the main feature that it's used for. 

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Defensive Security & BlueTeam at Global Research CO

The solution offers good value.

The captive portal on the product is excellent.

The solution has a very nice load balancer.

It's a good solution for end-users. It's pretty easy to work with. 

The user interface is very nice. It's easy to navigate around the solution.

Technical support is very helpful.

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Owner at

I like the connectivity to the open VPN. It's very smooth. All the encryption in the open VPN is very good. The structure of the pfSense software works out very well. The PF work cuts and the snorts and whatever we put on the console for spyware and attack prevention seem to work very nicely. 

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Systems Manager at CORNARE

The documentation is very good.

The pricing is okay. It's not too expensive.

The integration capabilities are great. The product can integrate well with Check Point and Fortinet. They make it a very easy process.

It's very good at defending our company.

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Head of information Techenology at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees

I have found the most valuable features to be antivirus and malware protection.

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CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution is fairly scalable when it comes to integrating with other applications and data sets. They have a lot more customization compared to the competition.

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Hugo Hoyos
IT Infrastructure Analyst at ADRA Peru

I like the Package Manager feature. 

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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are ease of installation and support.

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Arturo Rony-Oncebay Casanova
System Implementer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

It is very difficult to decide one, as they all complement each other, from the DHCP administration to the captive portal. in my case, I would say OpenVPN has helped me to interconnect the company network in a secure and manageable way.

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IT Manager at alfascan

The most valuable features are the Proxy IPS and VPN.

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Jaco Lange
Managing Director at VPN Technologies

The most valuable feature is the proactive network protection.

We also find the following components valuable:

  1. pFBlocker
  2. Squid
  3. SquidGuard
  4. Firewall
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Learn what your peers think about pfSense. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: March 2021.
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