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FlorianBUIS - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Administrator at CFA-INSTA
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.

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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 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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PeerSpot user
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 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 - PeerSpot reviewer
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 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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PeerSpot user
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 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 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 - PeerSpot reviewer
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 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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PeerSpot user
Sans emploi at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Simple no-cost solution

How has it helped my organization?

pfSense allows us to spread the hours of connection and do the filtering on the pfSense site.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its simplicity.

What needs improvement?

The integration could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for more than ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy and took about 50 minutes. 

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

This is a no-cost solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution as eight out of ten because it's a central solution.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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IT consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Consultant
Reliable, scalable, simple installation

What is most valuable?

pfSense is very good because it allows us to do what we want.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by having centralized management and API support online.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using pfSense for a long time.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found pfSense to be stable.

How are customer service and support?

We are providing support for our customers here in Sweden.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of pfSense is simple.

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

The price of pfSense is reasonable. However, there is a free version available.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to those wanting to implement pfSense is to start out with the free version before going with the appliance.

I rate pfSense a ten out of ten.

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