How does pfsense compare do commercial firewall?
Sorry to posting this, and I know it's pfsense's forums opinions maybe biased, but I have been searching a comparison and got no results…
first we love pfsense, we wanted to buy http://hacom.net/catalog/mars-iii-pfsense-1u-server but it's in USA and it's difficult for us to get it. so someone is selling me a Fortinet's fortigate 200b at twice price(comparing with Hacom's appliance with my setup after Tax, shipping etc, like 2500 usd vs 5000 usd).
I don't know if there is a huge difference in software/hardware between them that make us worth to pay 2500usd more. if fortigate is really better we can afford for it no problem
thanks for the advice.
It very much depends on what your actual needs are (both today and in the near future). What type of Internet connection(s) do you have ? Do you have servers (web/mail/voip) ? What type of traffic do those 200 users generate ?
pfSense can do a fine job as a packet filter (firewall), NAT gateway, and VPN concentrator (both site-to-site and for "road warriors" accessing the office remotely). It also supports multi-WAN and offers advanced features, such as a high-availability (redundant pair configuration).
pfSense can also be configured to do web-filtering and IDS/IPS via 3rd party packages. Although this functionality has improved significantly in recent months, it still isn't as tightly integrated to the base system, nor does it create pretty-looking reports, as some of the alternatives.
So, depending on your actual needs, pfsense might be able to offer more functionality at lower cost.
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I generally build to order for my customers when needed. If your looking for a turnkey solution your choices may be limited depending on where you live/work.
Id imagine that any reputable computer shop in your area should be able to build what you need. Where do you buy your desktops or laptops?
Just some thoughts. :)