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pfSense Reviews

pfSense is a free and open source firewall and router that also features unified threat management, load balancing, multi WAN, and more

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about pfSense and what they use it for.
  • ACB Backup Failed 500
    Thank you! I am not able to reach netgate.com or pfsense.org either, the weird part is that I have been receiving this error for almost 1 week now at exactly 9pm every day. I wonder if this is when most systems backup, so it floods the server. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • ACB Backup Failed 500
    Https://netgate.com is down currently due to some DNS issues. This error is likely related to that - nothing on your end. Keep monitoring. If you can reach netgate.com in your browser and ACB still fails, we have an issue after all. But I would hazard a guess you will be OK. pfsense.org also effected. Same issue. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Long-term planning for 10Gbps
    Both the aruba and brocade switches are L3 which means they can be routers. But they do not do NAT functionality. You're going to need to do a Router or Firewall on a stick topology for the NAT functionality. My suggestion is to build a Firewall/router or buy a pre-made one pfsense.org or opnsense.org. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of pfSense

5 Router OS Turns Old PC Into High Performance Router And Enterprise Network Switch
pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of Small FreeBSD iconFreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall, and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution, making it a fully qualified UTM...
8 Best Open Source Firewall to Protect Your Network
pfSense looks promising and worth giving a try. Check out Kamatera if looking for pfSense hosting.
Best free Linux firewalls of 2020: go beyond iptables for desktops and servers
pfSense describes itself as the most trusted open source firewall. The original FreeBSD-based firewall distro, pfSense shares many similarities with OPNsense. For instance, in addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features. To begin with, just like with OPNsense, you can use pfSense to deploy an intrusion prevention system as well as enable VPN...
The Hunt For the Ultimate Free Open Source Firewall Distro
I am a hobby sys-admin who uses NS on a standalone firewall/web filter at a 20-ppl company company, and at home in a container. I went through almost all of the options you mention in this article and none of the other Firewalls matched NS in function (support for multi-WAN in particular is much better),, except for PFSense, which I've been using initially but replaced after testing NS as I prefer linux-based...

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