Should I use PFSense instead of my tomato router?



  • Today someone told me I would get better security by using PFsense than the tomato firmware installed on my netgear router.

    Since I would be running PFsense on a small computer instead of a dedicated hardware router which would consume less power AFAIK, I decided to investigate the pros and cons

    Will PFSense really protect me more out of the box, with the default configuration? How so?

    Thanks for any input  ???



  • IMO no - out of the box both offer pretty much exactly the same level of protection.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    If all you need is firewall "protection" then just about anything will do.

    But when you want to do more advanced features, that is where a more fully-featured system like pfSense comes in handy.



  • so if someone is trying to break into my network, (I keep all my incoming ports closed at the moment) PFsense wouldnt be any harder to break into?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    If you keep all incoming ports closed, nothing can get in that way regardless.

    If something (virus, etc) gets in, it's because a PC on your LAN downloaded it or let it in, which is a completely different problem.


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