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Arturo Rony-Oncebay Casanova
System Implementer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Highly scalable, open source solution, fast and simple to set up
Pros and Cons
  • "The initial setup was simple and fast."
  • "ClamAV AntiVirus can cause some crashes. That service should be improved."

What is our primary use case?

At a custom company with several locations.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improve my organization through the services that can be added, which makes it highly scalable, from graphic monitoring services to load balancing or captive portal.

What is most valuable?

It is very difficult to decide one, as they all complement each other, from the DHCP administration to the captive portal. in my case, I would say OpenVPN has helped me to interconnect the company network in a secure and manageable way.

What needs improvement?

ClamAV AntiVirus can cause some crashes. That service should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

For two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I consider it very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is highly scalable. All services are free.

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

No, there was no firewall implemented.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was simple and fast.

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

It is an open source firewall.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, OPNsense. It is very similar and better than PfSense.

What other advice do I have?

You should try it.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Eman-Taky
Senior System Administrator at KnowledgeNet
Real User
Top 20
Is stable and easy to install
Pros and Cons
  • "It is a stable solution. It is also easy to install and can be deployed and maintained by one team member."
  • "pfSense has some limitations in detecting site sessions. We want to control internet usage based on sites and their content, and pfSense doesn't perform this function."

What is most valuable?

It is a stable solution. It is also easy to install and can be deployed and maintained by one team member.

What needs improvement?

pfSense has some limitations in detecting site sessions. We want to control internet usage based on sites and their content, and pfSense doesn't perform this function.

The site itself could be improved; it's not easy to find the things that you want to implement and apply.

It would be good if it had more features like Sophos does.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using pfSense for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable product.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was easy. I was able to install it in two hours maximum. Only one person is needed for deployment and maintenance.

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

Currently, we don't pay for a license.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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FlorianBUIS
Computer service technician at a manufacturing company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Customizable, easy to use, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

This solution can be used for a firewall, VPN, and VLAN.

What is most valuable?

The main features of this solution are customization and ease to use.

What needs improvement?

The configuration of the solution is a bit difficult.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found this solution to be scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support was good in my experience.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is easy and can take approximately one day.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation of…

What is our primary use case?

This solution can be used for a firewall, VPN, and VLAN.

What is most valuable?

The main features of this solution are customization and ease to use.

What needs improvement?

The configuration of the solution is a bit difficult.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found this solution to be scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support was good in my experience.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is easy and can take approximately one day.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation of the solution and we have five technicians available for implementation and maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to those wanting to implement this solution is that if you are new to configuring this solution I would seek assistance. You most likely will have problems if you have not done it before.

I rate pfSense an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Owner at it logic
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use, open-source, stable, and easy to install

What is our primary use case?

We use pfSense as a firewall in the healthcare sector, education sector, and banking sector.

What is most valuable?

pfSense is very easy to use. It is a better firewall than others and it has better features.

What needs improvement?

They do not provide support in India. The security could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling pfSense for 12 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

pfSense is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 50 customers who use this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We provide local support to our customers.

How was the initial setup?

It is very easy to install. We only need one…

What is our primary use case?

We use pfSense as a firewall in the healthcare sector, education sector, and banking sector.

What is most valuable?

pfSense is very easy to use.

It is a better firewall than others and it has better features.

What needs improvement?

They do not provide support in India.

The security could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling pfSense for 12 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

pfSense is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 50 customers who use this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We provide local support to our customers.

How was the initial setup?

It is very easy to install.

We only need one person to install and maintain this solution.

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

When compared with other firewalls, the price is reasonable.

There is an open-source community version that is available.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate pfSense a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Muhammad_Irfan
Sr. Network Administrator at ACMC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, scalable, and effective traffic blocking

What is our primary use case?

I am using pfSense as a secondary firewall and network management.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of pfSense are the reports, monitoring, filtration, and blocking incoming and outgoing traffic.

What needs improvement?

The usage reports can be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using pfSense for approximately six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I had 20 to 30 users using the solution.

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

I have used Sophos and Cyberoam solutions.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is very easy.

What about the implementation team?

I…

What is our primary use case?

I am using pfSense as a secondary firewall and network management.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of pfSense are the reports, monitoring, filtration, and blocking incoming and outgoing traffic.

What needs improvement?

The usage reports can be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using pfSense for approximately six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I had 20 to 30 users using the solution.

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

I have used Sophos and Cyberoam solutions.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is very easy.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation of the solution.

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

I am using the free version of pfSense.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I have been 100% satisfied with the solution.

I rate pfSense an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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System Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Affordable and scalable but some features are difficult to configure and enable

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is Endpoint Advanced. I have set it up for the firewall and the open VPN connections.

What needs improvement?

It would be great to add more to security. I know that pfSense has a lot of features, but I don't know how to configure and enable them. That is why I am looking into my support options. I am looking for better security and performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for almost two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

pfSense is scalable. Currently, we have almost 30 people using it in our company.

How are customer service and support?

I'm currently struggling with deploying pfSense more extensively. Right now, we are not…

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is Endpoint Advanced. I have set it up for the firewall and the open VPN connections.

What needs improvement?

It would be great to add more to security.

I know that pfSense has a lot of features, but I don't know how to configure and enable them. That is why I am looking into my support options. I am looking for better security and performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for almost two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

pfSense is scalable. Currently, we have almost 30 people using it in our company.

How are customer service and support?

I'm currently struggling with deploying pfSense more extensively. Right now, we are not getting much support on their end. 

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

My opinion about pfSense's pricing is good. They are open source. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Owner with 11-50 employees
Real User
An open source firewall solution with many valuable features, but there are some bias and network intrusion issues

What is our primary use case?

We use pfSense as a firewall and proxy server. We use it to apply different restrictions for different users from some data locations.

What is most valuable?

I mostly like all of it. Whatever we use is valuable.

What needs improvement?

There are some bias issues and some intrusions in our network that have to be addressed. So, we're thinking of changing this firewall to something like a professional hardware-enabled firewall.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with pfSense for many years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

pfSense is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

pfSense is a scalable solution. We have about 200 users in our company.

What other

What is our primary use case?

We use pfSense as a firewall and proxy server. We use it to apply different restrictions for different users from some data locations.

What is most valuable?

I mostly like all of it. Whatever we use is valuable.

What needs improvement?

There are some bias issues and some intrusions in our network that have to be addressed. So, we're thinking of changing this firewall to something like a professional hardware-enabled firewall.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with pfSense for many years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

pfSense is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

pfSense is a scalable solution. We have about 200 users in our company.

What other advice do I have?

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

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Divyesh Jesadiya
Full Stack Developer at Infrassist Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
MSP
A scalable solution with an easy setup

What is most valuable?

While it is difficult for me to point to any one specific advantage of the solution in respect of the firewall, I do know that it has many benefits. For one, it is open source. 

What needs improvement?

The stability could be improved. Whenever there is an update, in spite of developments I may have made, I am required to make certain changes to the coding. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using pfSense for perhaps two or three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability could be better. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution seems to be scalable. 

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to set up.

What other advice do I have?

I develop the solution on…

What is most valuable?

While it is difficult for me to point to any one specific advantage of the solution in respect of the firewall, I do know that it has many benefits. For one, it is open source. 

What needs improvement?

The stability could be improved. Whenever there is an update, in spite of developments I may have made, I am required to make certain changes to the coding. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using pfSense for perhaps two or three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability could be better. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution seems to be scalable. 

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to set up.

What other advice do I have?

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. 

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