2019-06-27T08:13:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about OPNsense?

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about OPNsense?

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SH
Director at a training & coaching company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2022-09-28T12:12:57Z
Sep 28, 2022

OPNsense could improve by making the configuration more web-based rather than shell or command-line-based.

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it_user1140060 - PeerSpot reviewer
Machine designer at La Poste
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-11T15:18:37Z
Aug 11, 2022

It has an open license. It works very well, and there is an update every month.

Amirsaeed Iloukhani - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Consultant at Bank Meli Exchange
Real User
Top 5
2022-07-27T15:55:09Z
Jul 27, 2022

OPNsense is highly stable.

Ralf Wenzel - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Architect at infotek-software GmbH
Real User
Top 5
2022-05-02T18:32:51Z
May 2, 2022

The IDS and IPS features are valuable. From the usability perspective, there is a lot of good documentation. As IT professionals, we found it very easy to configure the firewall. It was easy to configure and use.

ST
Senior Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Real User
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2021-11-11T14:38:22Z
Nov 11, 2021

The initial implementation process is simple.

Mauro Ponze - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Advisor at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-10-13T13:28:00Z
Oct 13, 2021

The system in general is quite flexible.

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Neil Wurzel - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solution Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
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2021-09-09T15:23:33Z
Sep 9, 2021

I have found the solution has some great features overall, such as guest access capabilities, dashboards, and ease of use. There is plenty of documentation and support and it has the plugins that I needed.

FF
Cloud and Infrastrcture manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
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2021-07-22T08:59:55Z
Jul 22, 2021

OPNsense is easy to scale when running on the hardware.

JL
Director at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Real User
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2021-06-03T09:24:00Z
Jun 3, 2021

We have found pretty much all the features of the solution to be valuable.

HP
Senior Network Architect at Virtua Technologies
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-14T15:44:19Z
Jan 14, 2021

The most valuable features are reporting, the Sensei plugin, and firewall capabilities.

CA
Owner and business consultant at networks srl
Real User
Top 5
2020-10-13T07:21:30Z
Oct 13, 2020

The VPN server feature is the most valuable. It is integrated with Radius and AAA for doing accounting and authentication.

Insight view is also an important feature for me at this time. It allows me to assess our network traffic. I also like the firewall feature. The BSD kernel has a packet filter. It is one of the most solid frameworks for firewalls.

Its user interface is one of the best interfaces I have used.

YaserAljohani - PeerSpot reviewer
OT/ICS Information Security Specialist at SANS
Real User
2020-06-25T10:49:15Z
Jun 25, 2020

The most valuable features in OPNsense are reporting and visibility.

AhmedSameh - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President at Jagils egypt
Reseller
2020-04-30T10:58:00Z
Apr 30, 2020

The interface and the dashboard are the most valuable features of this solution.

Faris Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Support Engineer at Techaccess Pakistan
Real User
2020-03-09T08:07:50Z
Mar 9, 2020

The solution is good for a basic firewall for a small business or for home use.

FiorindoDi Agostino - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administration Specialist at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-03-04T08:49:29Z
Mar 4, 2020

The graphic user interface is very good and it is user-friendly which makes the product easy-to-use.

it_user1140060 - PeerSpot reviewer
Machine designer at La Poste
Real User
Top 20
2019-09-27T04:38:00Z
Sep 27, 2019

The initial setup is easy. It only takes 15-30 minutes to deploy.

MK
Consultant at INCONSYS GmbH
Reseller
2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
Aug 26, 2019

The feature I find most valuable, is that the program helped me to realize all the requested functionality that was needed.

Ercan Aycan - PeerSpot reviewer
Founding Partner, General Manager at emsteknoloji
Real User
2019-07-04T07:00:00Z
Jul 4, 2019

I find the solution to be user-friendly. It has a lot of reports and easy settings.

AB
CIO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Real User
2019-06-27T08:13:00Z
Jun 27, 2019

We can open a new VPN connection easily. It's much easier than with Fortinet in our experience.

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Janet Staver - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Oct 28, 2021
Two of the most common and well recognized firewalls, PfSense and OPNsense both support site-to-site IPsec VPN and client, Open VPN and client, and PPTP client. Both also have intrusion detection and prevention in transparent mode. I like that both firewalls offer DNS filtering with any DNS filtering company and also have a network configuration feature with customized configuration that is enabled by a setup wizard. Two stark differences between PfSense and OPNsense are that PfSense does not allow for quick updates and patches, but OPNsense does. On the flipside, PfSense has two factor authentication that works with a remote radius server, which OPNsense can’t do. Another feature of each to consider based on your company needs is the dashboard; PfSense has drop-down menus, while OPNsense has its menus placed on the left side. It comes down to your personal preference, but I find that having menus on the left side of a dashboard makes it easier to use because it is organized and navigation is clear. Some people may think OPNsense is harder to navigate because of the messy dashboard layout. What I like about both options is that they are free to download and use. They also both have frequent updates, with constant updated documentation. OPNsense seems to be more intuitive to use and has a great reporting feature. PfSense, though, seems to have more product tutorials available and also more answers to FAQs that can be easily found online. Conclusion Both products have a similar set of features. In my opinion, though, I think PfSense is superior to OPNsense, not only because it has an array of features but also because it has an automatic backup feature that I find very valuable.
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