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pfSense hardware router for VPN, firewall, hotspot

Category: VPN & Firewall Hardware » pfSense hardware
Updated: 2021-08-21

Short description of this page. Short description of this page. Although pfSense can be virtualized like an ordinary operating system, a `real firewall´ should always run on physical hardware, as network performance makes the difference. See below our hardware recommendation for pfSense.

pfSense is a firewall distribution based on the FreeBSD operating system and the package filter pf of OpenBSD. pfSense is a free firewall distribution based on the FreeBSD operating system, which was specially developed for use as a firewall and router. It is managed completely via the web interface.

FreeBSD itself is an operating system for a variety of platforms that focuses on functionality, speed and stability.pfSense is very robust, supports numerous functions for router/firewall among other load-balancing & failover. More features Information can be found at: pfsense.org.

pfSense hardware - requirements
Minimum, not officially
  • CPU: 1 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Hard disk: 10 GB
  • Network: 2x Ethernet
pfSense hardware - recommended
Our recommendation from 2021
  • CPU: 1.5 GHz multi core, 64-bit
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Hard disk: 120 GB SSD
  • Network: 3x Gigabit Ethernet

The hardware we offer is tested for compatibility with pfSense, as shown below. The table below shows the throughput values with associated CPU and network adapters measured after the default installation.

Hardware compatibility test & Throughput mit pfSense 2.5.2

SBR234 configurator

Firewall Hardware Appliance with Intel CPU J4005 2x2.0-2.7GHz, (Option: J4105, J4125) AES-NI, as 19 inch 1U or full aluminium chassis for your firewall & VPN OS, 3-5 GBit NICs
Intel J4005
Network Gigabit
Intel 82576
940 Mbit/s

SBR741 configurator

With Intel powerful CPU G6400 2x4GHz (option on i3, i5, i7), 4GB DDR4 RAM (max 32GB), 120GB SSD SATA3 HDD, 19 inch 1U or full aluminum chassis, 3-5 GBit or 10Gbit network cards
Intel G6400
Network 10Gbit
Intel X550-T2
9.36 Gbit/s

SBR706 configurator

Quad Xeon (E-2124 4x3.3 GHz) firewall Hardware Aappliance, 19inch 1U Rack Version, 6 Intel Gigabit NICs, 4GB DDR4 ECC RAM (max 32GB)
Intel E3-1220V3
Network 10Gbit
Intel X550-T2
9.40 Gbit/s

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pfSense can be installed on any compatible hardware. We are not allowed to install pfSense for customers, this is reserved for pfSense partners only. Customer is of course allowed to install pfSense by himself. We install optionally OPNsense, IPfire, ClearOS and RouterOS.

By default firewall hardware is available as mini desktop aluminium case and rack version 19 inch 1U, see pictures.

pfSense Hardware - 19 inch 1U 483x250x44mm

19inch 1U 483x250x44mm for Open Source Firewall

pfSense Hardware - Mini-PC 211x254x86mm, aluminium case

 Mini-PC 211x254x86mm for Open Source Firewall

Before you order the hardware, you can configure it with more: RAM, CPU, hard disks, network adapters etc. For your questions, for an individual PDF offer write us.

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