2022-12-06T09:21:00Z
MC
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What are the differences between Fortinet FortiGate and pfSense?

Hello peers, 

I am researching firewalls and found the following two options: Fortinet FortiGate and pfSense. 

What are the differences between these two firewalls? Which firewall do you prefer and why?

Thank you for your help.

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CR
Director at REDCO
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2022-12-27T00:34:45Z
Dec 27, 2022

Especially with support and updates of the signatures, FortiGate has a more solid base. Being an IPO company, with respect to Pfsense, start as a community project and you can purchase support and even dedicated appliances if you have a budget for FortiGate, or if you are starting Pfsense.


Greetings

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CR
Director at REDCO
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2022-12-27T00:43:19Z
Dec 27, 2022

Both are very good products, but some features that Sophos mentioned as new, FortiGate has been handling. If you are going to grow with several appliances I recommend Sophos, since the administration can be done from the cloud. With Fortinet, you have to pay a licensing fee. In terms of costs and all the options, they are very similar. Another detail to review is the support, at the beginning with Fortigate, I had enough details, but it is really improving significantly with respect to Sophos. 


My comment is based on experience and I do not lean toward any of the brands. To reiterate, they are good types of equipment.

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