Is PFsense a Good Choice For a Small Business Office?
I work at a small company that has 7 employees that work at the company office. They currently use a Cisco ASA 5506 that has been terrible recently (blocking websites that we use for no reason and the Anyconnect VPN is being garbage). I want to get the firewall moved over to pfsense because it just works and it'll do what we need it to do which is just block websites and use a VPN to connect to the network shares remotely.
Would this be a good idea or should we keep using next gen/enterprise firewalls?
Gertjan last edited by Gertjan
You asked the one question that can be answered by yourself in 5 minutes ;)
pfSense has something Cisco can't offer :
If you have an older (thus non used) desktop PC somewhere, snap in a second (third etc) extra NIC, and you're to discover it for yourself.
The initial set-up will have a WAN and LAN interface, and perfectly working initial firewall rules.
Which means 'none' on WAN so nothing enters.
And a single "pas all" rule on LAN so everybody can do what she/he wants on the net.
At this moment, you'll face just one issue : your firewall will be as good as the admin guy handling it.
Typically, it could be a close to "set it and forget it installation". Just update it ones in a while.
If you want to,play with the many 'whistles and bells' : please, do understand that they work for you as long as you understand how they work.
(blocking websites that we use for no reason
Could it be true that some sites do 'break' ones in a while ? It happens to all of them.
Router/firewall do not block randomly some sites. If that happens, go for the door that says 'admin' and ask the guy behind it some questions.
Btw : there is no need to buy a device to get your hands on the manual : the manual is freely available.