pfSense Valuable Features
The classic features such as content inspection, content protection, and the application-level firewall, are the most important.
This is a feature-rich product.
The documentation is good.View full review »
Managing Director at Midgard IT
The firewall aspect of the solution is very valuable to us. We had so many limitations with the Dre tech, however, it's the firewall and the port forwarding that is the most interesting due to the fact it allows us to restrict IP addresses and move things from different ports and things like that.
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.
The solution is easy to use in general, for everyone.
The product is very powerful.
It's the type of device that does one thing well. There isn't much I would want to change.
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.
It is not only a firewall; it can also do some routing or network advanced translation (NAT), which makes it very powerful.
It is very simple to use. As long as you understand the basics or fundamentals of networking, you can manage everything very quickly with it.View full review »
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 open source. 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.
It's quite an awesome product with so many good things packed into it. I am happy with the EPLS, the radius, and I am happy with the captive portal. All in all, it's a good product. And considering that I get it for paying nothing, it's really worth the time invested in it.View full review »
Content protection, content inspection, and the application level firewall are all good features.View full review »
The GUI is easy to understand.View full review »
The flexibility of adding new kinds of services without spending any money can't be beaten. We can compare services like IP blocking, blacklisting and DNS blocking, content filtering, and even deep packet inspection with other larger enterprise firewalls.View full review »
Software Applications Manager at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
The solution is 100% free to use.
The product offers a lot of helpful plugins.
The solution is easy to use and has a elaborate GUI.
The initial setup is quite simple and straightforward.View full review »
Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
pfSense is a free firewall that you can download and install on your own hardware and establish a VPN for it. If you have remote users who need to connect securely, pfSense can do that. The solution has multiple use cases. It's good for scanning and filtering traffic. It's a good network security appliance which you can install on your own hardware or on their hardware. Some companies will invest in a really big firewall for their main branch, and will install pfSense in remote sites because they don't see the value of buying an expensive firewall for each branch.View full review »
Manager, Operations at SUS-TECH Limited
The solution is very robust.View full review »
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.View full review »
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. It's a minimal Intel system that has no fan and is all solid-state. It doesn't have a fan because it doesn't do enough to get hot. It's a box about the size of a Discman. I can download the pfSense software at no cost then connect a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and USB flash drive to the appliance. It's built on top of BSD and managed with a web server. And it's effortless to manage.View full review »
CTO, Software Architect, founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution is an excellent open-source product. It has a big community around it as well. Out of those few points, you'll come up to a situation whereby you can avoid the vendor lock-in. Since there is a big community, you can count on reliability. There are lots of installations and lots of people who understand how everything works.
The solution offers excellent flexibility. You can either install pfSense just on a machine, on your local PC, or you can buy an appliance. You can even buy your own hardware and install it on your own. Of course, if you choose that route, you need to have a technical expert on your team. For us, as a software company, that's not a problem.
There are plugins you can add to the product if you want even more useability. You can even add more security functionality.
The initial setup is straightforward.View full review »
System Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution is an open-source product, which makes it very cost-effective.
Overall, it covers all of the requirements our organization has at this time.
The initial setup is easy.View full review »
IT analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable aspect of the solution is the way it can browse packages on the internet.
The initial setup is very easy.
We've found the stability to be very good overall.
The product can scale if you need it to.View full review »
The solution is very flexible.
I find the product very easy to use.
The initial setup is not complex.
The solution has been very stable so far.
We can scale the solution if we need to.View full review »
Vice President - Engineering & Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The solution has good customization abilities and plenty of features.View full review »
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The intrusion detection feature is the most valuable. It is an open-source firewall, so there is a lot of material on it. I also find the open VPN capability very nice.
It is pretty customizable. The clustering and the high availability are the two biggest things to be able to get out of a firewall.View full review »
CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The VPN is my favorite feature. pfSense is very easy to use. The interface and configuration capabilities are great.View full review »
The developers of pfSense follow the principles of open-source.
They keep it simple. It's simple and good.View full review »
NOC Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is that it's robust.
In terms of resources, utilization assets, CPU utilization, and a lot of memory, it's very good.
The concurrent users are perfect for us.View full review »
I like pfSense's reports and how I can control access to the policies on the firewall.View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It works. I put pfSense in, and it works. I can't think of any trouble I ever had with it. It runs on heat-sensitive appliances. They don't need a fan, so they don't overheat.
It is affordable, fast, and very high-speed. It is built on BSD Unix, and it pretty much runs on any Intel processor.View full review »
Its firewall ability is very good. It is very good and smooth at stopping attacks. It is better than others because we have to perform quite a bit of programming.
It is a very good and affordable solution for enterprises.View full review »
IT Support Specialist with 51-200 employees
The built-in open VPN and the VPN Client Export are the solution's most valuable aspects.View full review »
The solution is quite stable. The performance is very good.
We've found the solution to be very easy to use. It's user-friendly.
The scalability potential of the product is quite good.
We like the fact that the product is open-source. It's free to use. There are no costs associated with it.
The solution is very easy to install.
The solution is quite fast.
It does a good job of monitoring our systems.View full review »
General Manager at Galgus
One of the advantages of pfSense is that it is very easy to work with. It is a very good open-source solution, and it works really well.
pfSense provides a complete package. For some features, it could be the first solution in the world. It is a very good alternative in the market for a firewall solution. You don't need to go to Cisco or other brands with expensive firewalls. pfSense also allows us to offer some support services.View full review »
Information Technology at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
The pricing is good.
I have a good understanding of the underlying firewall which I find to be easy to use and comprehend. Some of the terminologies were more familiar to me than they were when I first encountered Cisco.
The initial setup is pretty easy.
The solution has been stable.
From what I can tell, the solution can scale.View full review »
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
I like the fact that it is open-source.
The Surakarta and the web blocking functionality seems to be quite good. It's not perfect, but none of them are.
The interface is straightforward and easy to use.View full review »
Head Of Infrastructure at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
The features I have found best are ease of use, GUI, and performance.View full review »
The most valuable feature for our company has been the extensibility of the platform which is great. It's a great solution and I have regularly been supplying it to my clients.View full review »
I like the site-to-site VPN and the basic firewall features.
It has a very nice web interface, and it is very simple to use. The way policies are working is also good.View full review »
Engineering Manager at UTI Tech SA de CV
It has a good web cache. I used to use a DHCP server and DNS server. For my company, I use pfSense as a load balancing application.
The HA proxy is the main feature that it's used for.View full review »
The solution offers good value.
The captive portal on the product is excellent.
The solution has a very nice load balancer.
It's a good solution for end-users. It's pretty easy to work with.
The user interface is very nice. It's easy to navigate around the solution.
Technical support is very helpful.View full review »
I have found the firewall portion for the blocking most valuable.View full review »
My technicians find the pfSense's web interface very useful. It is very easy to use.
pfSense is very reliable and stable. We like the OpenVPN clients that can be deployed using pfSense very much.View full review »
I like the connectivity to the open VPN. It's very smooth. All the encryption in the open VPN is very good. The structure of the pfSense software works out very well. The PF work cuts and the snorts and whatever we put on the console for spyware and attack prevention seem to work very nicely.
Owner and business consultant at networks srl
I especially like the VPN part. It works like a charm.View full review »
The documentation is very good.
The pricing is okay. It's not too expensive.
The integration capabilities are great. The product can integrate well with Check Point and Fortinet. They make it a very easy process.
It's very good at defending our company.View full review »
I have found the most valuable features to be antivirus and malware protection.View full review »
CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution is fairly scalable when it comes to integrating with other applications and data sets. They have a lot more customization compared to the competition.
The solution is very easy to use and configure.View full review »
I like the Package Manager feature.View full review »
Owner at The Computer Guy
pfSense is a nice product, and I find that there's a lot of information out there. There are some good tutorials on YouTube and other websites with helpful information.View full review »
IT Manager at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
The performance is good.
It is easy to use.
I have been working with this solution for so long now that it has become easy. It is much simpler than other solutions such as Fortinet.View full review »
Managing Director at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
I like the solution's stability and ease of use.
It is a stable solution. It is also easy to install and can be deployed and maintained by one team member.View full review »
The main features of this solution are customization and ease to use.View full review »
Owner at it logic
pfSense is very easy to use.
It is a better firewall than others and it has better features.View full review »
The most valuable features of pfSense are the reports, monitoring, filtration, and blocking incoming and outgoing traffic.View full review »
Owner with 11-50 employees
I mostly like all of it. Whatever we use is valuable.View full review »
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.View full review »
Sans emploi at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is its simplicity.View full review »
IT consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
pfSense is very good because it allows us to do what we want.View full review »
A key feature is being able to block IP addresses. This is a good product and I have no issues with it.
I like pfSense's security features.View full review »