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Christopher Collins
Real User
IT Support Engineer
Jul 13 2017

What is most valuable?

* The VPN and the firewall. They are reliable and easy to manage. * The VPN is valuable for setting up secure remote... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our security. Users can work offsite and connect to the VPN.

What needs improvement?

Network monitoring and device inventory could use some improvements. I'm using SpiceWorks for this because it never... more»

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

Spend at least $300 or more on a good pfSense box. Use a hard drive, and not a USB flash drive for pfSense storage.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not use a previous solution. I recommend pfSense because it's free, open source software.

What other advice do I have?

The learning curve is steep, but once you get the basics down, it's very robust and easy to use. There are plenty of... more»
Rick Rutledge
Real User
Network Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The features we see and use the most are the SD-WAN, auto failover for dual ISP connections, auto failover for our VPN... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As the only network admin in the company, I have to monitor nine remote sites (production and shipping facilities) and... more»

What needs improvement?

I do wish you could control some ports locally from a console, but this is not the case. The only thing you can control... more»

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

Well, you get what you pay for. If you want good products that work well and are easy to configure, as well as remote... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used to be an HPE shop. I pulled out all that equipment, and installed Meraki switches and firewalls. It’s been so... more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have your network planned out, mapped out and you can see exactly where you need the devices installed.... more»

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