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2018-06-10T07:19:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering pfSense?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering pfSense, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 5Real User

I would recommend this solution to others. I have been 100% satisfied with the solution. I rate pfSense an eight out of ten.

2021-09-24T08:39:23Z
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Top 20Real User

My advice to the IT manager is to do your research, and make sure that pfSense meets your needs. If you are not technical enough, then looking at other solutions. pfSenseis needs a bit more tech-savvy IT manager to manage it. It is a very important business tool for me. I rate pfSense an eight out of ten. I rated pfSense an eight because it did everything I wanted it to do which makes it an awesome solution but not a ten because of a few minor shortcomings. However, I recognize it is open-source and it is not going to have everything.

2021-08-30T15:53:57Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution, it's one of those technologies anyone should at least try out. If you want to protect your home network, and don't want to invest in a firewall, pfSense will do the job. It's good for home use and for small businesses or remote sites of large companies. It's a good strategy because it's generally more critical to invest in defending your main data centers. It's important to choose the hardware wisely, make sure it's compatible. Netgate, the company sponsoring pfSense, manufactures hardware that is really optimized towards it. For small or medium businesses it's not a big deal. But for enterprises, this is important. I rate this solution a seven out of 10.

2021-08-03T13:24:11Z
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Top 20MSP

I develop the solution on behalf of my company. With my scant knowledge of networking and the firewall I would rate pfSense as an eight out of ten.

2021-07-27T12:15:18Z
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Top 20Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would give pfSense a seven.

2021-06-29T11:48:57Z
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Top 10Real User

We have fifty users in our organization, and I can recommend pfSense. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at eight.

2021-06-25T13:11:21Z
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Top 5Real User

I would recommend this solution if there are no power issues. It's stable and performs well, even on older hardware. On a scale from one to ten, I would give pfSense a nine.

2021-05-18T20:57:12Z
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Top 5Real User

If you don't need WireGuard VPN, pfSense is better because it is easier to use than OPNsense. It is a very good platform. Its web administration interface has been working fine. I would rate pfSense an eight out of ten. A couple of months ago, I would have rated it a ten out of ten because of the WireGuard VPN feature.

2021-05-15T12:27:42Z
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Top 20Real User

We are just end-users and customers. I cannot speak to the exact version we are using. Ours may be slightly out of date. We may not be using the absolute latest version. Version 2.51 is available soon and we'll likely upgrade to that. It's good for where people have outgrown their existing broadband routers, such as the TP-link, the Dre Tech, and that sort of thing. Often, it doesn't justify putting in a full system. We tend to use a Mini ITX PC, multiple LAN network cards, and then install the opensource version and configure it appropriately. You need to be slightly more tactical than just plugging in a Dre tech or similar Nokia device. I don't think you need to be incredibly technical to set this up. I like it, I'd recommend it to most people to at least give it a try, and to spend a few hours initially to work their way around it. I'll definitely give it at least a nine out of ten for its general ease of use for me and my staff. It does pretty much everything that we ask of it and the required resources for the hardware are minimal as well.

2021-04-28T12:45:44Z
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Top 10Real User

I would recommend for other people looking into implementing the solution to read the manual, go on to the videos, verify everything with the tutorials. Make sure you fully comprehend the size of the software. I rate pfSense a seven out of ten.

2021-04-27T22:09:05Z
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Top 20Real User

I'm just a home lab user. I'd advise those considering the solution for your business to get a service contract. It works great for someone with enough knowledge and time to get his head around everything. Otherwise, you need to look for a solution that offers support and can work with you on issues. It's nice to try to balance between open-source and support that costs money. In general, I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

2021-04-05T14:23:30Z
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Top 20Real User

We are just customers and end-users. The solution is an open-source platform. We are a software company and we like open-source. Lots of people say open-source means that you need to install it on your own. They will see that as a limitation, however, we see that as the other way around. I'd recommend the solution to other organizations and users. It's open-source, it's flexible, and has a strong community. You can use it in many different ways, either in a small installation, laptop, PC, or on a machine, or you can buy an appliance or you can even buy your own hardware and configure it in a different way. The software as such is free and you have a lot of options as to how you want to use it. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. It's been very good for us

2021-03-10T22:15:36Z
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Top 20Real User

We are really happy with the system performance, overall, but it depends. For example, right now we have a client who is trying to switch from FortiGate to another solution that is less costly. We recommended and talked with them about pfSense, but despite it being a cheaper and really rock-solid solution with good performance, they were not comfortable using open source. We also offered them Sophos, SonicWall, and Palo Alto — they finally chose SonicWall. I don't know why. It completely depends on the client. I would absolutely recommend this solution to others. This is definitely one of the most powerful firewalls for peace of mind. The fact is, as long as you are aware of the challenges that you have to face when implementing and managing the firewall, day-to-day, then this could be the best option for you. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine.

2021-03-10T21:41:25Z
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Top 10Consultant

I would recommend pfSense for the simple reason that it's open-source and it's free. Anything for free is good. I personally got much more out of it than I expected. I never expected this product to be so worth the time. It's a good product. For my needs at least. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight. I have not used it for thousands of users, but for our usage, for an SMB organization, I would give it a rating of eight.

2021-03-05T12:12:17Z
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Top 10Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would give pfSense a nine.

2021-02-19T15:56:00Z
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Top 10Real User

For those who want to implement this solution I would advise it is great for a small enterprise, it is best to get started without having any harm getting to their networks. I rate pfSense an eight out of ten.

2021-02-09T17:28:54Z
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Top 20Real User

We are just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I would recommend the solution to small companies. If you are a small company, you can use pfSense without any issues due to the fact that it's a free solution. I would rate the solution seven out of ten.

2021-02-04T09:20:33Z
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Top 10Real User

I would recommend pfSense to potential users. I would tell them to just read the tutorials because they're very useful. On a scale from one to ten, I would give pfSense a nine.

2021-01-25T10:53:13Z
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Top 5Real User

I recommend this product, it's well-balanced, has a longer history than other solutions so it's not lacking in maturity. There is a lot of online support available via YouTube or blogs but professional support is available if required. I highly recommend taking the support because usually people look at the UTM as something which should be set up in the system and left, but that's not the case with these devices. I strongly suggest making an external agreement with a specialized company to deal with security. Users need to have decent protection, not just protection. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.

2021-01-23T18:29:40Z
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Top 5Real User

It is important to remember that you can't just leave the device to do everything. You still have to know what you're doing. I recommend the product. It's well-balanced and one with a long history, so it doesn't have child's diseases. There is a lot of online support available online, which they can consult themselves. But, in the case that they need support, they can hire a professional support line and that is highly recommended. I say this because usually, people look at the UTM as something that should be put in the system, set up, and left alone. But, this is not the case with this type of solution. Therefore, I strongly suggest making an outside agreement with a specialized company that will take care of their security from that point on. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this kind of product is that you can't assume that the internet is a big place and nobody will find you. There is always a good possibility that robots will search your system for holes, and they are probably doing so this instant. This means that users should be aware and have decent protection. In summary, this is a good product but there is always room for improvement. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2021-01-21T19:18:20Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend the solution to others. I rate pfSense an eight out of ten.

2021-01-21T19:18:20Z
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Top 20Consultant

I would recommend reading the manual and the administration book. It has all of the proper information. Many will jump into pfSense without reading the manual properly, or taking the time to understand the definitions, and how to set it up properly. If you don't, then you might have a bad experience, which would not be fair to the product. To give a fair comparison and trial, definitely read the technical documentation before implementing it. Given the fact that it's open-source, relatively easy to use, and it seems to do the job quite well, I would rate pfSense a ten out of ten. I think it deserves that.

2021-01-05T14:13:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I would advise others to go for it. I would recommend this solution. It is a good solution. No other solution can beat the price. There is so much stuff you can do with it. There are so many features, and I have not even scratched the surface on all of them. If it is something that someone doesn't feel like configuring, you can buy a prebuilt system from them and get support. I would rate pfSense a nine out of ten because of the cost and flexibility. It has been pretty good.

2020-12-19T10:27:54Z
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Top 20Real User

We're just cusomers. We don't have a business relationship with pfSense. We're using the latest stable version of the solution. I would 100% recommend the solution to others. On a scale from one to ten, I'd give it a ten.

2020-11-27T16:09:37Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend pfSense, but it depends on the requirements. There could be other vendors who offer more services than pfSense. For example, Fortinet is a very good brand, and it offers services in a different way. Fortinet also offers more services, but it is very expensive. If you don't need some specific services, pfSense is an excellent solution. I would rate pfSense a nine out of ten.

2020-11-24T15:00:57Z
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Top 20Real User

I would rate pfSense a nine out of ten.

2020-11-21T15:10:00Z
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Top 5Real User

It is just great. Give it a try. It just works. I would rate pfSense a ten out of ten.

2020-11-19T07:30:11Z
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Top 10Real User

We implement the solution for our clients. I've personally implemented the solution on five projects so far. We work with the latest version of the solution, typically. Our companies are typically mid-level enterprises. This product is the very best. Overall, I would give it a rating of ten out of ten.

2020-11-14T08:39:32Z
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Top 10Real User

We're a pfSense partner. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. It's been very good to work with. I would recommend the solution. pfSense is superior in terms of defending against attacks.

2020-11-06T16:59:32Z
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Top 5Real User

I would continue to use pfSense if the decision was mine, but it is out of my area. It depends on the CIO. I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it. pfSense will not cost you any money. It depends on your business needs. You have to address your business needs correctly. I would say to go with pfSense. If you feel that it is not compatible, you have other purchase options such as Palo Alto. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2020-11-05T18:00:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We're just using this solution; we don't have a relationship with the vendor. In terms of the version of pfSense we are using, we have that basic boss, 1.0 however, that is behind the firewall. The firewall which we were using is UTM1240B. While we are satisfied with the netting features and the bandwidth controlling and routing, we find cannot expose our entire network to pfSense as there's no underlying ownership fo the product itself. We prefer a hardened firewall. Due to the fact that it is an open-source solution, no one at an enterprise-level would ever think of putting pfSense at the gateway level or even at the main level. I would definitely recommend pfSense as the second lane of action, just not on a workload. I'd rate the solution six out of ten.

2020-07-22T08:17:22Z
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Top 10Real User

There's a learning curve to this solution, it's not as simple to use as some of the other GUI based firewalls. You need to play around with it a bit. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.

2020-07-13T06:55:46Z
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Top 10Real User

My only comment would be to suggest that if you wish to implement the solution read the documentation very carefully. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.

2020-07-13T06:55:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We're just users of the product. We're not consultants or resellers. It's your basic firewall setup. However, when we looked at Sophos, we found that Sophos offered a lot more as it's a fully unified solution and had a firewall, as well as anti-virus and network monitoring capabilities. This solution really gives us a greater extensive array of modules or features than we would not necessarily see in managing the system as administrators. The solution is quite extensive in that there was a lot of material that we had to read about. It just was not user-friendly for the team. We needed a solution that can handle itself without our intervention. I'd rate the solution five out of ten.

2020-07-12T11:48:46Z
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Top 20Real User

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2020-06-17T10:56:05Z
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Top 10Real User

We're just customers. We don't have a special relationship with the solution. We just use it on a regular basis. I'm not sure if I'm using the latest version of the solution or not. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten since I've never had any major issues with it. The biggest thing a new user or company needs to be aware of, however, is that whoever the team is that's using it, they need to be very experienced Linux users. The system will be extremely difficult otherwise. New users will need patience. However, it is easy to use due to its very good web interface. It's also easy to deploy and the process can be handled quickly. There's no need to have a really big fancy long-winded deployment process. That said, especially if you are using it within a complex Linux environment, you absolutely must have high skills in both Linux and security.

2020-06-15T07:34:01Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

You should try it.

2019-09-10T01:44:00Z
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Reseller

Any network engineer will understand how this solution works. It's not so complex to understand and be familiar with. It will require a certain level of networking knowledge to use it but we're at an enterprise level and we're a small-medium business and it works. I would rate it a nine out of ten.

2019-03-31T09:41:00Z
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Vendor

I definitely plan to increase using pfSense. I am going for a higher capacity. If power fails or one server dies, or one gateway dies, the other servers will take over seamlessly. That's the ultimate for us. I would definitely rate pfSense an eight and a half out of ten. Definitely eight and a half, not lower, could be a bit higher. Because it's stable, it's good. If the small issues I've mentioned are worked on then I would go to a 10.

2019-02-11T08:11:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. I give it this rating because of the rich features available. pfSense is free and I can do everything with it. It works as a firewall for servers also.

2019-02-03T08:25:00Z
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Real User

I strongly recommend giving pfSense a hard look. I've been in IT for 20+ years, and I've run the gambit on other firewalls. pfSense definitely can hold it's own against any of them.

2018-11-14T21:32:00Z
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Real User

If you don't have a policy that says "only proprietary software" in your company, there is no reason not to go for pfSense. If you are still in doubt, take the cheap (and excellent) Netgate academy course. It's only for two days, and you will learn how to manage pfSense at a comprehensive level.

2018-08-30T09:29:00Z
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Real User

They need to look at all the communities, comparisons, etc. and read up about the issues and problems people are having with some of the solutions, then see if those problems might be related to what they may be experiencing. Main criteria when selecting a vendor: * How easy is it to learn. * How easy is it to implement.

2018-06-14T07:58:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend it. It is manageable and straightforward. It is not so complex. You have to know the different rules, but you can manage it easily. The performance is good.

2018-06-10T07:19:00Z
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