pfSense Pros

BO
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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pfSense
March 2023
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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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DA
Acting Manager IT at National Insurance Company Limited
The GUI is easy to understand.
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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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Buford Laruan - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at Benguet State University
It is very easy to use. The interface is quite understandable. There is a good community, and I can take over at any time I want. If there is anything wrong with it, I could just reinstall the whole thing and start all over again, and I'll be up again in less than a few minutes
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TS
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
What I like about pfSense is that it works well and runs on an inexpensive appliance.
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AZ
Director De Tecnologias da Information at EPAL-EP
The initial setup is not complex.
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pfSense Cons

BO
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
March 2023
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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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DA
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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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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Buford Laruan - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at Benguet State University
More documentation would be great, especially on new features because sometimes, when new features come out, you don't get to understand them right off the bat. You have to really spend a lot of time understanding them. So, more documentation would be awesome.
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TS
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
I would like to see pfSense integrate WireGuard. Currently, pfSense uses OpenVPN, and there's nothing wrong with it, but WireGuard is a lot leaner and meaner.
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AZ
Director De Tecnologias da Information at EPAL-EP
Ultimately, we'd like something stronger, and something that can handle threats better in real-time.
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Buyer's Guide
pfSense
March 2023
Learn what your peers think about pfSense. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: March 2023.
686,748 professionals have used our research since 2012.