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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for pfSense?

Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)


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4343 Answers

Buford Laruan - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We are using its Community Edition, which is free. My company is a government school, and we don't have much budget.

reviewer1794948 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I am not aware of the licensing costs.

EvrardMalima - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

This is a no-cost solution.

reviewer1721859 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

It is about €1,000. It is a one-time payment. I do not have a monthly or yearly subscription. I don't subscribe to any subscription because I hate cloud services. There are no additional costs.

Francis Abubot - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

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

T Over - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

When compared to other solutions like SonicWall, SonicWall has a built-in administrative burden where you have to go back and make sure your client understands they're going to get hit with another annual fee to keep that device up to date. pfSense is not like that. pfSense is not like that in the sense that if you go out and get the latest update of firmware or software, you're going to get the latest and greatest. You don't have to remember to go to the client and remind them they're going to be charged another fee next year to keep their license current. I hope they keep that model.

reviewer1698042 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Our customers must pay for an annual license.

Muhammad_Irfan - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I am using the free version of pfSense.

Stephane Boudant - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I am using the community version of the solution and it is priced well. There is a cost of learning how to use the solution, if it was free it would be better.

Manish Nalawade - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

When compared with other firewalls, the price is reasonable. There is an open-source community version that is available.

Philippe Panardie - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

A free edition with a cheap support contract could be enough, especially if you use it as a double chance with other expensive products.

Eman-Taky - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Currently, we don't pay for a license.

Stephane Boudant - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Its price is pretty fair.

Tony Williams - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use the open-source version, which is free to use. I say we've always used the community edition as I've never felt a need for support or anything like that and our clients have never insisted on it. I know where to go to look for answers if we run into problems, so paying for that extra support isn't something we need to worry about.

Paulo Janeiro LJT - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The solution software does not require a license, it is free. The support contract is about $600 dollars.

Peter - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The solution is free to use. There are (currently) no licensing costs.

reviewer1423032 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

As an open-source solution, it is free to use as you see fit.

Malik Yusuf - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

That is another fun part of this solution. There is no license. You don't have to pay anything. It's completely free. The one thing that you can buy is a security feed like an IP feed or a DNS feed. This kind of thing can be easily bought, but if you have the passion and expertise, you can arrange all of these types of feeds for free. It may be slightly different between how frequently those feeds are updated compared to the paid version. Sometimes, it lags behind for 24 hours or 12 hours, but it works.

Leon Pinto - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Consultant

Well, its opensource... So for the tech-minded, its not so difficult but yes, the configuration is understandable for those with good prior firewall knowledge... If you can get it working, its great... But yes, thats the first part... Get it working... Oncw working, all licenses etc are not a problem as it is opensource... So no restrictions there... so far...

Sandeep-Pandita - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We are using the open-source version which is free. We are testing the solution to see if we are going to go to the enterprise version which requires a license and is not free.

reviewer1021278 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We are using a free version of the solution. We don't need to pay any licensing fees.

Hugo Hoyos - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

pfSense is open-source.

Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Licensing costs depend on company size. pfSense is an open source solution, so there's a charge for support. We offer a first line of support and a second line if required. Payment depends on the contract, because usually it's only covers the firewall. We offer a contract for the network which includes UTM. There's a hardware cost for HP servers and, again, depending on the size of the company, installation cost is about 500-800 Euro. There's an annual maintenance fee included in the networking agreement.

Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

The price of the licensing depends on the size of the deployment. pfSense is open-source, but the support is something that the customer pays for. We charge them for the first line of support and if they want, they can purchase the second line of support. Typically, they take the first-line option. The term of licensing also depends on the contract. The firewall doesn't always have a contract but rather, there is a contract in place for the network, which includes UTM. In addition to the licensing fees, there are costs for hardware, installation, and maintenance. We use HPE servers, and the cost depends on how large the installation is. The price of setup is approximately €500 to €800, which also includes the initial monitoring. The maintenance cost isn't really included in the network fees. For smaller companies, we charge them a few hours a month for monitoring. It takes longer if the client is bigger.

reviewer1322229 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The pricing is lower than some of its competitors. However, If you do not have a strong technical team and are trying to get pfSense to do some of the same functions as some of the competitors such as Fortinet or Palo Alto, It will cost you a lot in professional services to do it. You then lose the low cost-benefit of this solution.

reviewer1026420 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I spent a couple of $1,000 on hardware, and the OS was free. A comparable firewall would cost me probably 20 grand. It saved a lot of money.

reviewer1164756 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

There aren't monthly or yearly licensing costs.

Javier Ruiz - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

It is open source.

Heriberto Pineda - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

It's open-source. You can pay for support if you need.

reviewer126042 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

It has almost zero cost, and it is open to us. It runs on a small appliance just for a couple of 100 bucks, and I've never had an appliance burn out on me yet.

OSCAR ARANGO - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We've found the pricing to be very fair. It's actually pretty low. The licensing is very inexpensive.

Omer Mohammed - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We are using the open-source version, not the commercial one. It's very affordable.

reviewer1388052 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The solution is open-source and therefore the solution is very cost-effective.

Kenwyn Nero - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We are currently using the open source solution so it's free.

reviewer1356246 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

This solution provides enterprise-level features at a fraction of the cost of an enterprise firewall.

Davy MOUSSAVOU - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The pricing of the solution is fair. I've also paid for a license that includes Entreprise support. Our license lasts for two years.

Arturo Rony-Oncebay Casanova - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10LeaderboardReal User

It is an open source firewall.

Ray Ost - PeerSpot reviewer

I prefer appliance licensing with pfSense (Community Edition). * It's free. * It's very stable. * It's only on the hardware, it can be very fast. Choose the appliances because it is nice to have the hardware cut out for it, i.e. the right hardware for the right software.

Haytham Tarek - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It is completely free.

reviewer963351 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

For the cost and what's included, you can't beat it, no way no how. If you're worried about enterprise solutions, the only thing you need to do then is to purchase a support contract, and you have an enterprise solution. You can even purchase hardware from the vendor if you choose.

Anders Olsson - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

All costs are low compared to other solutions. The hardware is stable and cheap. There is no licensing fee except for the enterprise support, if you want it.

Reinhardt Jansen - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It is a free solution.

Koen Van Cauwenberghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It was straightforward to buy from pfSense.

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