pfSense Pros

Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at In.sist d.o.o.
The classic features such as content inspection, content protection, and the application-level firewall, are the most important.
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TW
Managing Director at Midgard IT
I'm the expert when it comes to Linux systems, however, with the pfSense, due to the web interface, the rest of the staff can actually make changes to it as required without me worrying about whether they've opened up ports incorrectly or not. The ease of use for non-expert staff is very good.
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GC
Chef at a media company with 11-50 employees
The plugins or add-ons are most valuable. Sometimes, they are free of charge, and sometimes, you have to pay for them, but you can purchase or download very valuable plugins or add-ons to perform internal testing of your network and simulate a denial-of-service attack or whichever attack you want to simulate. You can also remote and monitor your network and see where the gap is. Did you forget a printer port? Most attacks at the moment are happening through printers, and they can tell you immediately that you forgot to close the port of the printer. There are more than one million printers that are in danger, and everybody knows that hackers are using them to enter the network. So, you can download plugins to protect your network.
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Buyer's Guide
pfSense
November 2022
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TO
VP of Business Development at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
What I found most valuable is the cost of the platform, the flexibility of the platform, and the fact that the ongoing fees are not there as they are with the competitor. Some people may think you're taking a risk with using Opensource. I think it just provides the end user, specifically for us small, medium business providers of services, the flexibility we need at the right cost to provide them a higher end, almost enterprise type service.
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Leon Pinto - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant and Head of Services at ILANZ LLC
I am happy with the EPLS, the radius, and I am happy with the captive portal.
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Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at In.sist d.o.o.
Content protection, content inspection, and the application level firewall.
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Dilawer Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Acting Manager IT at National Insurance Company Limited
The GUI is easy to understand.
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Malik Yusuf - PeerSpot reviewer
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.
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PG
Software Applications Manager at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
The solution is very easy to use and has a very nice GUI.
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MA
Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
A free firewall that is a good network security appliance.
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pfSense Cons

Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at In.sist d.o.o.
Ease of use is a problem for a user who is unfamiliar with this product because, in the interface, everything has to be set manually.
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TW
Managing Director at Midgard IT
We are at the moment looking to use it as a proxy service so that we can limit what websites people go and view and that sort of thing. That's an area I've struggled with a little bit at the moment and it could be a bit easier to set up.
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GC
Chef at a media company with 11-50 employees
There could be a way to remote to it through a mobile app. You can always browse through your browser on your mobile phone or tablet, but it would be good to have a dedicated app. I understand that iOS and Android developers are expensive, but there should be a mobile app.
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pfSense
November 2022
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TO
VP of Business Development at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
In terms of areas of improvement, the interface seemed like it had a lot. The GUI interface that I had gotten into was rather elaborate. I don't know if they could zero in on some markets and potentially for small, medium businesses specifically, give them a stripped-down version of the GUI for pfSense.
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Leon Pinto - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant and Head of Services at ILANZ LLC
It could use a little bit of improvement in the reporting.
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Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at In.sist d.o.o.
Could be simplified for new users.
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Dilawer Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Acting Manager IT at National Insurance Company Limited
Also, the GUI is helpful, but it's not user-friendly. It's complicated. It should be more intuitive for the average user and have an excellent graphical view. Of course, the user will typically know about network administration, but it still should be easy to understand.
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Malik Yusuf - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect, Managed Services & System Integration at Transmeet Technologies
The interface is not very shiny and attractive.
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PG
Software Applications Manager at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
The product could offer more integrated plugins.
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MA
Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Web interface could be enhanced and more user friendly.
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Buyer's Guide
pfSense
November 2022
Learn what your peers think about pfSense. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2022.
653,584 professionals have used our research since 2012.