PfSense users statistics – Production Systems or non Production Systems (VOTE)



  • Hi there,

    Does anybody have any numbers as to how many people/companies are using pfSense? Any big names? I am trying to convince some people to adopt it and this info would be very useful.

    Thank you.



  • Well I guess it would depend on the hardware. Last weekend I had a WRAP with 2 CM9 wireless cards serving at a Lan party for 50 computers. pfSense beta 4 was installed  on it doing firewalling and DHCP server to the Lan and serving wireless to some laptops with 1 of the cards. The other card was connected to other pfsense 600mt away and pushing 8Mbits ADSL to feed the Lan Party. Not a simple crash or slowdown during 3 days.



  • Scott, has any big company show interest to using pfsense in their commercial firewall ?



  • @nima.m:

    Scott, has any big company show interest to using pfsense in their commercial firewall ?

    Even if they did, we most likely would not be able to talk about it :P





  • @hoba:

    http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=114607128800011&r=1&w=2 might be interesting for you.

    Thanks, that helps. But I would really like to get a rough number of live deployments out there. I dont care about the name of the companies.  Thanks again.



  • That's a value that only could be monitored if we added some kind of registartion mechanisem before you can download (and we surely don't want that) and even then single people could set up multiple locations.

    Well, that's actually a good use for the poll feature of the forum  ;D
    Please provide some feedback so we all can get a rough thought. Oh, and it is an anonymous vote too!



  • Currently using at home, got a couple of co-workers hooked:P

    As for production use, that is my next project at work to replace our internal firewall with pfsense. After the owner learns how to use it and is happy with it's level of performance will be replacing our external firewall(as turning the internal one into an interface on the external one), the result will be a P4 1.6ghz w/1gig ram and 20 10/100 interfaces(should be fun).



  • 20 interfaces? I want a pic of this when you're done  ;D



  • I am using on my work. TV company. I have about 10 pc with this great software :)



  • I'm using it at home and at work. As I am a System, Network en Security consultant, I've got many companies now runing pfSense ;-). A dozen of them are runing a pfSense cluster and the other are runing on single machine with no failover. All are runing on 19" rack machine from DELL pe2850, HP DL 360/320, NEC or IBM x346 or x336. The max number of interfaces I've setup is 8 using intel NIC (dual and quad ports).
    PfSense is really stable in the time and really powerfull, I have got it handling LANs from 25PCs to more than 3500 and also DMZ with many servers. I'm starting a new project wich is a hosting platform where I will use pfSense on a first line to permit bandwith monitoring and allocation as well as failover.

    Great work in other words ;-)



  • I use pfSense at home and at work. I'd like to use it as a firewall for servers in a datacenter but did not manage to make it work yet, but soon ;)



  • We have local (nonprofit) wireless network in our town and we're using pfsense for sharing adsl through the wlan for around 30 people. We have 3 adsl lines and 3 pfsense installations on old pentium II boxes. So far, pfsense is rock stable. We had Ipcop before on same boxes but it had some weird bugs like slowing down the connection without any obvious reason or even crashing. When we switched to pfsense these problems simply disappeared. Great product!



  • @prevo:

    We had Ipcop before on same boxes but it had some weird bugs like slowing down the connection without any obvious reason or even crashing. When we switched to pfsense these problems simply disappeared. Great product!

    Same here, used to have IPcop but it was too buggy.



  • @hoba:

    20 interfaces? I want a pic of this when you're done  ;D

    Will do, got the internal server running in production (dell 1550 w/3 interfaces)….got the owner hooked.....in the next couple weeks swapping out the main firewall, then i'll post some picks:P



  • 1 - office
    Small corporate office < 40 host's
    Bridge + Shaping + …second INET reseve channel future...



  • a couple of old Dell PE 2450 with 733 Mhz procs for the external firewall carp cluster, and a pair of Dell PE 850's for the internal lan router with 6 Intel GE ports.

    Slightly diverse then.



  • I'm using pfSense 1.0 RC1 with 3xWAN (ADSL 2048/512), Captive Portal auth. in production environment.
    More than 250 user are using a box consist in P4, 2,4 GHz, 256 MB RAM. Not all is perfect but it WORK.



  • we using pfsense with ospf customisation, have about 20 nodes full pfsense and another 20 to migrate to pfsense.
    some running clean firewall only some runing pppoe server with atheros wireless cards. most gear is wrap boards
    edge gear is 1.2 ghz via boards throughputting about 300G per month.

    datacentre gear running pfsense since 0.24 how long ago was that very stable throughput not massive though.
    four load balaced firewall configurations there.

    longest testbed deployment with ipperf www ftp on perl script 1 week throughput across 4 pfsense boxes,
    throughput 60 m/bs sustained.
    with 6 apache servers 2 ftp servers.

    hope it's usefull if i had more time i know a lot more people would be using it



  • got pfsense rc2h running on an ibm 1u with one 3Ghz intel 4 interfaces.
    had 400+ users last week on one day, 250 avg for 3 other days. ran like a champ.  Will be bringing up a dell poweredge 1850 with dual xeon 3.4s and 4 interfaces to be the primary in a carp pair soon.


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