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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
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
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
Quad Xeon (E-2124 4x3.3 GHz) firewall Hardware Aappliance, 19inch 1U Rack Version, 6 Intel Gigabit NICs, 4GB DDR4 ECC RAM (max 32GB)
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
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
pfSense Hardware - Mini-PC 211x254x86mm, aluminium case
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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