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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 features is a must.

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 limiting bandwidth, we now have a reliable 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 embedded solution for reporting.

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 already have the hardware, just download and… more»

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

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did, I evaluated Untangle, IPCop and MikroTik.
Vendor
User with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2017

What do you think of pfSense?

How has it helped my organization?

VPN has allowed me to deploy applications just for the organization and not to public servers.

What is most valuable?

The ability to create a VPN allows me to monitor branch offices from a central location.

What needs improvement?

A way to clean squid cache from the GUI.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not at all.
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Vendor
Help desk Support Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 07 2016

What is most valuable?

* Fail-over of between multiple ISPs * Firewall * Graphs * Real time interface monitoring * The web UI gives you an overview of everything you want to see * For an open-source solution it has… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have pfSense across three sites where it manages the VPN and firewalls between them. Also, it has reduced costs drastically and has outperformed its expectations.

What needs improvement?

The load balancing can be improved as it uses tier levels to balance. For it to function most effectively, you often need to have the same bandwidth on the ISPs.

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

Pricing is fantastic, we have gold subscription which covers on-line backup of device configurations, premium support, webinars and lots more.

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

We previously used Monowall and switched because we needed more functionality.

What other advice do I have?

Proper planning is necessary in order to select the right hardware and configuration required (rules, services etc.).

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
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