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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.
  • Can Surveillance Station record offsite cameras ?
    The above setup is critical to a reliable system. I'd use enterprise quality routers for a store and home connection. I personally use but there are many to choose from and several open source. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Exposing Synology to web: best/practical practices?
    What I would do is put that thing in DMZ and install a good router behind it like No affiliation, just been my router for many years. There's also it's sibling There are many, just get a enterprise quality router. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Unbound Python Mode
    For example: In Python Mode, if I run a dig command to the query time is 419 msec. If I run it a second time, the query time is 587 msec. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • pfSense Internet Connectivity Issues , Slow GUI
    I recently installed pfSense on bare metal and not able to connect pfSense to the internet. I can ping from Diagnosis -> ping. But cannot ping from Diagnosis -> ping. System does not show update information with "Unable to check for updates". Same with Package, I am receiving "unable to receive package information" message. GUI takes forever to load as well. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • ACB Backup Failed 500
    Thank you! I am not able to reach or 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 / over 1 year ago
  • ACB Backup Failed 500
    Https:// 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 in your browser and ACB still fails, we have an issue after all. But I would hazard a guess you will be OK. also effected. Same issue. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year 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 or - Source: Reddit / over 1 year 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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