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DistroWatch.com: pfSense


Last Update: 2017-02-21 02:56 UTC

pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. In addition to being a routing platform, pfSense includes a long list of related features and a package system which allows further expandability.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 134 (74), 6 months: 135 (75), 3 months: 135 (75), 4 weeks: 143 (48), 1 week: 118 (57)

Average visitor rating: 8.8/10 from 5 review(s).

pfSense Summary
Distribution pfSense
Home Page http://www.pfsense.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.pfsense.org/index.php
User Forums http://forum.pfsense.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.pfsense.org/index.php
Screenshots http://www.pfsense.org/screenshots/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://www.pfsense.org/mirror.php?section=downloads
Bug Tracker http://redmine.pfsense.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 1.2: Linuxoid (Russian)
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-05-05: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.4
 • 2017-02-21: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.3
 • 2016-07-26: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.2
 • 2016-05-19: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.1
 • 2016-04-13: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3
 • 2016-04-01: Development Release: pfSense 2.3 RC
 • 2015-12-22: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.6
 • 2015-11-06: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.5
 • 2015-07-27: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.4
 • 2015-06-25: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.3
 • 2015-04-16: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.2
 • 2015-03-18: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.1
 • More pfSense releases...

 •2017-06-19 Netgate offers support for pfSense
 •2017-05-01 pfSense publishes roadmap
 •2016-11-02 pfSense customer support
 •2016-07-16 pfSense changes license
 •2016-07-07 pfSense status report
 • More pfSense headlines...

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Feature 2.3.3 2.2.6 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.2.3 1.0.1
Release Date 2017-02-21 2015-12-22 2014-06-25 2013-04-15 2009-12-11 2006-10-29
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 1 1 1 1 1
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Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386
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Version: 2.3.3
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-05-16
Votes: 0

was an "okay" firewall, built my own using Gentoo + webmin - and is much more flexible for me than pfsense could ever be. Granted it's more leg work but I get more control and power.

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Version: 2.3.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-15
Votes: 0

Very capable and reliable firewall/router. I have been using pfSense for many years and it is highly configurable and provides lots of customization. It will take you some time to understand how to access all the awesome power of this software in your network system but it is more than capable of handling you needs from home to enterprise networks.

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Version: 2.3.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-28
Votes: 1

Great firewall/gateway for personal, SMB and non-profits! Buy Netgate.com product for commercial use. Well priced for all uses. Easy to backup/restore your configurations. You need some basic networking knowledge but not much. Good documentation and HowTo videos available.

Spend $200 to 300 good hardware you can have a firewall with the capabilities of SonicWall and much of Cisco's on a much smaller budget. Turn on or add the features you want. Blacklists, VPN, DHCP, vlan, DMZ, QoS, WiFi (hardware dependent), Snort and other tools, port forwarding, to name a few features. Can run in VM. What's not to like and or learn?

Am struggling w site to site VPN. Close to working. Much shorter learning curve than SonicWall was for me. Try on some old hardware then check out Qotom on Amazon or some other small devices. Netgate has a cool two port unit for $150.

Very Stable! pfSense is a much better option than a $150 consumer router (that never gets updated) for just about everyone.

Untangled is also a good option for some. Windows admins may like it better.

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