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Buford Laruan - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I build my own firewalls, and I use pfSense.

reviewer1794948 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

pfSense is used as our firewall and router.

reviewer1721859 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I use it as a firewall and also as a router because you can address what you want to do with it. It can do network advanced translation (NAT). It is sitting on my own server. It is on a remote server on a private network.

Francis Abubot - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use case for this solution is Endpoint Advanced. I have set it up for the firewall and the open VPN connections.

T Over - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We had been hit by crypto, and with our existing firewall infrastructure, we found out it didn't have geofiltering without an additional cost. That's still written from SonicWall and I think you have to pay extra for that. pfSense came with geofiltering and with logging as well, which I believe you have to pay extra for with SonicWall. So we didn't realize this until we got hit. We implemented GoIP filtering, and we also activated and stored the log files from within the firewall. I think there are some other feature sets that we used as well. The device seemed to be a little bit simpler to manage and configure through the interface. Of course with it being open source, we were able to stay current with that without having to incur annual purchasing or annual licensing fees like we do with SonicWall.

CandidoViandro - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I use pfSense as a proxy and a firewall to monitor all the traffic to my network. It allows me to shape the traffic and eliminate bottlenecks that cause the network to slow down. You can use pfSense to catch some websites or make the network faster because we have applications connected remotely all over the country. We need to have a network with a reliable speed and no hiccups on the way because all our applications are on-premise, and the entire country goes to the same data center to get information.

reviewer1698042 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We primarily use the solution to help our customers with firewall integration.

Muhammad_Irfan - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I am using pfSense as a secondary firewall and network management.

reviewer1660638 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We are a small business and we use pfSense as our interface for the WAN. We use it for a Firewall and to ensure that all devices are operating. It provides our basic network routing needs, reporting on usage, such as IDS, and for managing individuals on network devices for controlling bandwidth and destinations.

reviewer1053252 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This solution is for my personal use, I've had a hobby of using it for a long time. I use it to protect my home network. Nothing is bulletproof but I'm happy to have a firewall at home scanning the ins and outs of my network so that I have a degree of security.

reviewer1614375 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use pfSense as a firewall and proxy server. We use it to apply different restrictions for different users from some data locations.

Chirosca Alecsandru - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I tested it for firewall, networks, and network stability and as a VPN access point.

Tony Williams - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We have a client who's got a number of VMs on a single piece of hardware. They needed to have access over a VPN to those VMs from inside their network. We use pfSense to provide the VPN link using the IPsec. In others, let's say smaller organizations, we will put a Mini ITX system that then connects into their broadband - typically sort of fiber or something like that - and just gives protection. The solution also allows us then to manage port forwarding and things like that.

Paulo Janeiro LJT - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use the solution for a Firewall and a VPN.

Peter - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I primarily use the solution for monitoring and learning about how to operate a firewall. I also use it for monitoring my home network as well as adblocking.

reviewer1423032 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We primarily use the solution for security. It's a firewall.

Malik Yusuf - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I mostly use basic firewall services like blocking unwanted traffic and I use the geolocation tools to predict where potential attacks could come from. That's the main purpose, to protect our business network using pfSense. Within our organization, with a single installation, about 500 users are covered.

Leon Pinto - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Consultant

We have all sorts of users. We have admins, we have the finance guys, and we have salespeople using it. We created a captive portal for our teams as well as a guest portal. So in general, we are more or less happy. Right now, I use it not only for intrusion detection but also for ETLs. We are a telephony integrator. We use it for applications and radius, etc. I use it as much more than a firewall. I use it for telephony applications as a certificate authority.

JoaoBrito - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

I was working for a firm that has 70 employees. They are mostly working from home, so I needed a very well-structured VPN for remote working. We put it on Supermicro, and it worked fine, and it was above their needs.

Sandeep-Pandita - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use the solution for blocking websites, banking, and malware.

reviewer1021278 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We primarily use pfSense as a firewall. It's a DHCP server.

Hugo Hoyos - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use pfSense for the firewall, VPN server, client-server, and internal network.

Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We are a solution provider and deploy this product for our customers. We also use it in our organization. We use both Cisco and pfSense but for our customers we mainly use Sophos and pfSense. I'm the CEO of our company.

Bojan Oremuz - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We are solution providers and this is one of the products that we deploy for our customers. This is not a product that we use ourselves.

reviewer1475910 - PeerSpot reviewer

The primary use case of this solution is to protect our business network.

reviewer1026420 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

It is my main firewall into the data center and VPNs for clients. It sets up my DMZ and does a whole bunch of other stuff. I am using the latest version.

reviewer1164756 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We just use the solution as a straight-up firewall. There is no VPN access or anything like that. We just use it as a straight-up firewall and we run Suricata on it as a defense.

Javier Ruiz - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Our main business is for WiFi networks. Customers also ask us for simple firewalls, and we use pfSense to add a firewall to provide the complete solution. We are working with the latest version of pfSense.

Heriberto Pineda - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I use pfSense for the security of my company.

reviewer126042 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We use it for small businesses, and most of my clients are using pfSense.

EDWIN GARZON - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Typically, we implement this solution on an enterprise-level for our clients and set it up for them as required.

OSCAR ARANGO - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I use the product for many enterprise clients, including building construction, government, and education.

Omer Mohammed - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We have internet limitations here in Sudan. The financial institutions that I am working with do not have a lot of services on the internet. It is difficult but at the same time, we are safer and are not faced with any kind of compromised data. This solution is suitable for small businesses and charity organizations. Security is not just about the firewall, you need policies and procedures in place.

reviewer1388052 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We primarily use the solution basically for the firewall, UTM content versioning, bandwidth shaping, routing, and IPS.

Kenwyn Nero - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We have a hosted platform with our client. We've built a VPN site and the solution is deployed as a VM. The client connects to it and it protects anything that's behind it like a regular firewall. Everything we have there is hosted in a data center, all our servers and things that clients connect to. So we're using it as our gateway device. We are customers of pfSense and I'm the owner of our company.

VinodGupta - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

We mainly use pfSense at client locations where the client is looking for a free alternative for paid/subscription based Network gateway with enterprise grade features

Eddie Kibuuka - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The solution pretty much is our only firewall security at the moment. It handles the integration with our active directory and makes sure that all communications are channeled through a secure network.

reviewer1356246 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use pfSense for our firewall protection.

Davy MOUSSAVOU - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I use pfSense as a firewall. I use it also as a VPN server and for the captive portal. Those are the main purposes.

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

At a custom company with several locations.

it_user1136043 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use this solution as our firewall, proxy, IDS, IPS, and VPN.

Jaco Lange - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary uses for this solution are as a network firewall and a VPN Server.

Alfredo Cornell - PeerSpot reviewer

We use pfSense as our firewall.

Ray Ost - PeerSpot reviewer

I had an appliance that died six months ago. Then I didn't want that hardware anymore, so I bought two new servers. A single power supply but dual on a network with three times four network cards. On that, I installed the pfSense (Community Edition). From inside to outside, I have about 15 to 20 node servers and users going outside. From outside to inside, I have only three tech support people, myself and two other ones. With regard to clients using the platform from outside to inside, on the servers inside, I have about 1000.

Haytham Tarek - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

My primary use case for pfSense is as a firewall. We also use it for intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, website filtering, and quality of service (QoS).

reviewer963351 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use this at all of our locations as our edge device, IPSec site-to-site VPN functionality between our offices and our AWS EC2. No matter what is thrown at this, the system handles it like a champ. We have both dedicated hardware and virtualized versions running in our infrastructure. So far we haven't found a reason why we need to spend thousands for an appliance like Cisco ASA when this handles all of our needs.

Ross Bennett - PeerSpot reviewer

* We only use our pfSense as a stateful packet inspection firewall. * We have around 10 VLAN interfaces with many allow/block policies, VIPs, and NATs. * Running on VMware as a virtual machine.

Anders Olsson - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

* Firewalling * Routing * DHCP * Transparent proxy * DNS cache * VPN, etc.

Reinhardt Jansen - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We have mainly been using for our internet workstations.

Koen Van Cauwenberghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

In the past, we had different locations in different countries, and in every location, we had the same pfSense firewall. Therefore, the connection between our different locations was good and manageable. However, in the last two years, we have had only one location here in Belgium, thus the performance of the pfSense has been good, and we can manage great with the open ports and the closed ports, but now a firewall has to be a little bit more than just that.

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