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Open Source Firewall - pfSense

     Features of pfSense Firewall / UTM

  • BLOCK ALL TIME WASTING WEBSITES – eg. facebook, twitter, youtube etc
  • Enable facebook, twitter usage as per timing for eg. allow facebook at lunch time or after office hours.
  • Blocking can be userwise or pcwise – every user can have different sites blocked.
  • Built in anti virus for enhanced safety.
  • Report of all internet usage including websites visited. (user-wise and pc-wise) 
  • Reduce Internet Bill by conserving  Bandwidth.
  • Use two or more internet connections simultaneously with fail-over and load balancing. 
  • Categorized Blocking of websites  ( e.g. job sites will be blocked for everyone except the
    HR department )
  • Interconnect all branch offices and enable work from home using VPN technology.
  • Make your systems more resilient to hacking and malicious attacks.
  • Get all these features for a very attractive price without any recurring costs.

  • about pfSense Firewall / UTM

     pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution. pfSense is a popular project with more than 1 million downloads since its inception, and proven in countless installations ranging from small home networks protecting a PC and an Xbox to large corporations, universities and other organizations protecting thousands of network devices.  

  • pfSense is based on FreeBsd which is a very stable operating system.
  • pfSense is free because it is open source.
  • You only have to pay Installation charges which is fraction of the cost of other commercial firewalls
  • pfSense is suitable for all sizes of organizations from small offices to large organizations with thousands of network devices.

I can also install the following open source firewalls as per the requirement.


    The IPCop Firewall is a Linux firewall distribution. It is geared towards home and SOHO users. The IPCop web-interface is very user-friendly and makes usage easy.


    The SmoothWall GPL project was founded in the summer of 2000 by Lawrence Manning (Principle Code Author) and Richard Morrell (Project Manager). Their goal was to create a Linux distribution that could convert a redundant PC into a hardened internet firewall device.


    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.


    I can install a totally customizable firewall from scratch using any common Linux Distribution like Debian,
    Ubuntu , Fedora , Red Hat etc.. Because this firewall will be built from scratch it can have a very huge number of features and can be suited to any type of installation requirement. All required packages will be individually installed and configured.