pfSense experiences

Steven Alligood steve at
Fri Jun 15 09:39:24 MDT 2007

"unlimited funds" and "1-4GB of traffic" being the key words here, I 
would strongly suggest a commercial product.

You can do very well on the lower end traffic scale (a couple hundred 
MB/sec) with open source and PC hardware, but once you start throwing 
around some serious traffic, you will find that the commercial products 
just handle it better, often with very nice reporting tools.

I am not saying that you cannot do it with non-commercial stuff, but you 
will have a lot more headaches dealing with that amount of traffic.


Daniel wrote:
> It sounds like pfSense is the way to go for the schools, given the
> responses.  Thank you.
> Now let's say you had to secure about 1-4GBs of traffic and you had
> unlimited funds would you still go with pfSense or would you go with a
> commercial solution like Juniper, or Cisco?  Does anyone have
> experience with a Juniper or any other commercial solution and
> pfSense?
> -Daniel
> On 6/15/07, Lars Rasmussen <lars.rasmussen at> wrote:
>> Look no further than pfSense for your firewall.
>> I've been using pfSense since the alpha releases - I previously used
>> m0n0wall.  Before m0n0wall I was using a floppy disk to boot a Linux
>> based firewall.  I've used pfSense at work and at home.
>> pfSense will let you enforce QoS(even has a wizard for prioritization
>> of VoIP & common applications/traffic types).  pfSense allows for
>> failover & multiple WAN connections, and has multiple VPN types as
>> part of the standard feature set.
>> You can add features(packages) if you so desire.  One of my Windows
>> buddies still marvels at how he doesn't even think about his pfSense
>> box - it just sits in the closet and runs.
>> I am currently using pfSense at home with Comcast & Vonage; it allows
>> me to coexist with BitTorrent nicely, and the pfSense project seems to
>> have more active development than any of the Linux-based firewall
>> projects.
>> It is straightforward to install pfSense yourself, but you could
>> alternately buy an appliance that contains no moving parts & likely
>> increase your uptimes to years.  Here's what the console portion of
>> the pfSense installation looks like:
>> Configuration after this point is handled via the web interface.
>> -- 
>> Lars
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