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pfSense Valuable Features

CEO at In.sist d.o.o.

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.

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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.

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TO
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. 

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Consultant and Head of Services at ILANZ LLC

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.

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CEO at In.sist d.o.o.

Content protection, content inspection, and the application level firewall are all good features. 

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Solution Architect, Managed Services & System Integration at Transmeet Technologies

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.

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Head of Department of operational and compliance at ACE GABON

The most valuable features are the VPN and the captive portal. Captive portal and VPN are easy to deploy.

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PG
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.

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MA
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.

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EK
Manager, Operations at SUS-TECH Limited

The solution is very robust.

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TS
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.

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DS
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.

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ES
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.

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SM
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.

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JG
Vice President - Engineering & Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution has good customization abilities and plenty of features.

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BH
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. 

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MA
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.

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Senior System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The developers of pfSense follow the principles of open-source.

They keep it simple. It's simple and good.

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AL
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.

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National IT Coordenator at a government with 51-200 employees

I like pfSense's reports and how I can control access to the policies on the firewall.

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TS
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. 

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MB
IT Support Specialist with 51-200 employees

The built-in open VPN and the VPN Client Export are the solution's most valuable aspects.

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Senior System Administrator at Debre Markos University

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.

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JR
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.

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CT
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.

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CEO and Founder at Indicrypt Systems

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. 

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VO
Head Of Infrastructure at a transportation company with 201-500 employees

The features I have found best are ease of use, GUI, and performance.

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Owner at IKON Business Group, Inc

I like the site-to-site VPN and the basic firewall features.

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IT Manager at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It has a very nice web interface, and it is very simple to use. The way policies are working is also good.

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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. 

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Defensive Security & BlueTeam at Global Research CO

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.

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Information Technology System Administrator / Director at Legault Joly Thiffault

I have found the firewall portion for the blocking most valuable.

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CEO at netison

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.

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Owner at artesistemas.net

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. 

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CA
Owner and business consultant at networks srl

I especially like the VPN part. It works like a charm.

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Systems Manager at CORNARE

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.

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Head of information Techenology at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees

I have found the most valuable features to be antivirus and malware protection.

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RG
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.

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IT Manager at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is very easy to use and configure.

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LB
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.

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IT Infrastructure Analyst at ADRA Peru

I like the Package Manager feature. 

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Senior System Administrator at Debre Markos University

pfSense is easy to use, has user-friendly dashboards, and useful blocking features.

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TO
Managing Director at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees

I like the solution's stability and ease of use. 

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RN
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are ease of installation and support.

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System Implementer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

It is very difficult to decide one, as they all complement each other, from the DHCP administration to the captive portal. in my case, I would say OpenVPN has helped me to interconnect the company network in a secure and manageable way.

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Senior System Administrator at KnowledgeNet

It is a stable solution. It is also easy to install and can be deployed and maintained by one team member.

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Computer service technician at a manufacturing company with 1-10 employees

The main features of this solution are customization and ease to use.

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MN
Owner at it logic

pfSense is very easy to use.

It is a better firewall than others and it has better features.

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MI
Sr. Network Administrator at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable features of pfSense are the reports, monitoring, filtration, and blocking incoming and outgoing traffic.

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MH
Owner with 11-50 employees

I mostly like all of it. Whatever we use is valuable.

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Full Stack Developer at Infrassist Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

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. 

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RH
IT consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

pfSense is very good because it allows us to do what we want.

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Director at Pixels IoT Ltd

A key feature is being able to block IP addresses. This is a good product and I have no issues with it.

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IT Infrastructure Analyst at TranspoTech Equipamentos

I like pfSense's security features. 

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Learn what your peers think about pfSense. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
553,954 professionals have used our research since 2012.