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    pfSense Alternatives

    pfSense is described as 'free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall, and router' and is a popular Firewall in the Security & Privacy category. There are more than 25 alternatives to pfSense for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, Online / Web-based, BSD and VirtualBox. Most alternatives are Firewalls and VPN Services. The best alternative is OPNsense, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like pfSense are MikroTik RouterOS (Paid), NethServer (Free, Open Source), Sophos UTM (Paid) and IPFire (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 18, 2022
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    • BSD
    pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD...
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    1. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.
      OPNsense vs pfSense opinions
      Almost everyone thinks OPNsense is a great alternative to pfSense.
      Zazucki Read this: Especially the part under "Politics, drama & bad blood between the two projects"
      Positive comment 2 months ago

      Stability is the in the center of OPNsense distribution. To achieve this goal, only a limited number of plugins are available, but they are well tested and upgraded together with the core.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      OPNSense has the lost features in pfSense.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

    2. The main product of MikroTik is a Linux-based operating system known as MikroTik RouterOS.
      MikroTik RouterOS vs pfSense opinions
      Most users think MikroTik RouterOS is a great alternative to pfSense.
      Mainly a router, after all
      Negative comment over 2 years ago


    3. NethServer is a CentOS-based Linux distribution for servers. The product's main feature is a modular design which makes it simple to turn the distribution into a mail server and filter, web server, groupware, firewall, web filter, IPS/IDS or VPN server.
      NethServer vs pfSense opinions
      Some users think NethServer is a great alternative to pfSense, some don't.
      Aas Multi purpose server. Not just firewall.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      It's main function (server) does not match pfSense (firewall)
      Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago

      pfSense is a firewall and router, NethServer is a Linux server platform for running other types of services
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      An orange is not like a piece of cheese
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      atomicwrites pfSense is a dedicated firewall but this is a general turnkey server.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      • Linux
      • Online
      Sophos UTM integrates complete security software within a single appliance. Choose only the protection you need when you need it. And deploy it on the platform that best fits your business: software, hardware or virtual appliance.
      Sophos UTM vs pfSense opinions
      Most users think Sophos UTM is a great alternative to pfSense.
      Not as resource hungry when IPS enabled
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      Free for home use.....very complete package.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

    4. IPFire is a server distribution with intended to use as a firewall. It focuses on flexibility, and scales from small to middle sized business networks and home networks.
      Almost everyone thinks IPFire is a great alternative to pfSense.

    5. VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta , a Linux-based network operating system that provides software-based network routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.
      Almost everyone thinks VyOS is a great alternative to pfSense.
    6. ClearOS is a family of operating systems for the enterprise, small business, and home. There are three editions to choose from depending on your needs and suitable to your abilities. They are: ClearOS Enterprise, ClearOS Home, and ClearOS Core.
      Some users think ClearOS is a great alternative to pfSense, some don't.
    7. Endian Firewall Community (EFW) is a "turn-key" linux security distribution that turns every system into a full featured security appliance with Unified Threat Management (UTM) functionality.
      Almost everyone thinks Endian Firewall Community is a great alternative to pfSense.
    8. Zeroshell is a Linux distribution for servers and embedded devices aimed at providing the main network services a LAN requires. It is available in the form of Live CD or Compact Flash image and you can configure and administer it using your web browser.


      From the Zeroshell website (translated from Italian to English)

      Disposal of the Zeroshell project

      The project has now reached the end of its life. Zeroshell was born in June 2006 and has over 200,000 installations worldwide. Any security updates will be guaranteed until September 30, 2021. I thank everyone who believed and contributed in various ways to improving the project. The domain will be divested or sold on September 30, 2021

      Almost everyone thinks ZeroShell is a great alternative to pfSense.
    9. Untangle is a platform for deploying network based applications. The platform unites these applications around a common GUI, database and reporting.
      Untangle vs pfSense opinions
      Most users think Untangle is a great alternative to pfSense.
      low priced home user support option - still get an enterprise grade firewall that a home user can discern and use readily.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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