Thousands of businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profits - on all seven continents, and for years - have come to rely upon pfSense software for their secure networking needs. The open source security model offers leading edge network security for organizations in search of sub-10 Gbps performance, flexible 3rd-party application options, traditional management mechanisms, proven reliability, and network security, pfSense is the perfect answer for your security gateway.
|Feature/Provider||SG-1100||SG-2100||SG-3100||SG-5100||XG-7100||XG-7100 1U||XG-1537 1U||XG-1541 1U|
|Storage||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||32 GB||32 GB||256 GB||256 GB|
|Memory||1 GB||4 GB||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|Expandable to 4-Port Intel GbE|
|CPU||1.2GHz||1.2GHz||1.6GHz||2.2GHz||2.2G Hz||2.2G Hz||1.7 GHz||2.1 GHz|
|Silent operation (fanless)|
|Cost efficient / Low power|
When hardware is a necessity, Netgate offers reliable, high throughput, low power consumption options to fit your networking platform requirements. It runs on FreeBSD and has a web interface to manage the firewall or VPN server.
pfSense is open source and distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, you can view the agreement here.
The main difference is going to be performance. The SG-3100 is a faster system and can handle more throughput. It also has the capability of running some of the heavier packages such as snort more efficiently. Beyond that, the SG-3100 has more ports. If you need more than three networks it is a bit easier to do with the SG-3100 than the SG-1100. You would need to break the switch out into networks using VLANs, there is a great walk-through on how to do just that here.
Netgate offers instructions on how to install, configure, and use pfSense® software to protect your network. Whether you are new to firewalls, or a seasoned veteran, the documentation offers something for everyone who uses a Netgate appliance.
No. Since it started in 2004, Netgate offers an additional support service for an additional fee.