What hardware will pfSense run on?

Current versions of pfSense software are compatible with 64-bit (amd64, x86-64) architecture hardware and Netgate ARM-based firewalls. Alternate hardware architectures such as Raspberry Pi, other Non-Netgate ARM devices, PowerPC, MIPS, SPARC, etc. are not supported.

Is 4GB RAM enough for pfSense?

Snort and Suricata are pfSense packages for network intrusion detection. Depending on their configuration, they can require a significant amount of RAM. 1 GB should be considered a minimum but some configurations may need 2 GB or more, not counting RAM used by the operating system, firewall states, and other packages.

Is pfSense a hardware or software?

pfSense is a firewall/router computer software distribution based on FreeBSD. The open source pfSense Community Edition (CE) and pfSense Plus is installed on a physical computer or a virtual machine to make a dedicated firewall/router for a network.

Is AES NI needed for pfSense?

The upcoming version 2.5 of pfSense has one key requirement that previous versions didn’t. The CPU must support AES-NI, the native, hardware encryption instructions. Software encryption will no longer be supported, so you must make sure your CPU has AES-NI.

Is pfSense really that good?

pfSense is an excellent all-in-one solution for firewall/routing/VPN and other network-related roles that a small to medium business would need (or even advanced home users). It’s extremely powerful and relatively easy to use.

Is there anything better than pfSense?

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), Sophos UTM (Paid), NethServer (Free, Open Source) and IPFire (Free, Open Source).

Why did OPNSense fork from pfSense?

So why did we fork? Back in 2014, after having sponsored pfSenseĀ® for years, we felt that there was no other option than to fork the project and to keep the spirit of the – original m0n0wall based fork – alive.

How much hard drive space does pfSense need?

A pfSense installation requires at least 1 GB of disk space.

What happened to pfSense?

pfSense FE – the historic fork of the pfSense open-source project that Netgate has pre-installed on its appliances, and via public cloud service providers – will be replaced with pfSense Plus. Existing Netgate customers running pfSense FE will be able to upgrade to pfSense Plus from the user interface.

Can you run pfSense on a router?

There are many different types of networking devices that can be used as a firewall/routing solution, but I set up my home network with pfSense. pfSense is an open-source firewall/router operating system based on FreeBSD. It can be installed on a normal consumer-grade computer, such as a desktop.