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Netgate pfSense Plus Firewall/VPN/Router

Netgate | 22.05.1

Linux/Unix, FreeBSD pfSense-Plus-22.01/FreeBSD_12.3-STABLE - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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8 AWS reviews

    Al Joe

no direct HA support

  • February 13, 2022
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If you are happy to run a single appliance in a single AZ and don't care about high availability, you can take risk of running this appliance. But I don't understand why businesses will do this.

This appliance does not support HA, or atleast does not seem to on AWS cloud. Without an HA solution this becomes only working for non-enterprise users for testing on AWS.
Businesses trying to deploy this on AWS will not have out of the box HA solution and hence will not have the ability to failover connections/VPN which does not make it useful.

Pfsense company should publish an article on how to provide HA solution for multi-AZ deployment.

Very disappointed.


L2TP vpn stop flowing traffic after http request

  • August 03, 2021
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Hi there,

I am trying to configure L2tp with Linux fedora as client, I am able to ping any remote host however once I hit any Http destin from client, l2tp vpn stop working vpn stayed connected however no traffic flow even ping stop working


Great Openvpn Fireewall Router

  • June 09, 2020
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As usual pfsense is one of the top freebsd based router/firewall/ids systems available,ahrd to fault and the interface doesnt lack anything.

This AMI image provided by netgate and amazon ec2 is up and running for multiple users within an hour if you are familiar with openvpn and pfsense,with the amazon ec2 interface making ease of the process.

Throughput , lack of loss and scalability even on the t2nano ec2 is superb and certainly exceeded our expectations considering other testing on bare metal configurations with more ids and other applications.When looking at the this machine vs the required bare metal to to normally achieve this hypervisors performance its great value.

Looking forward to the arm version of this and other additions.

Filter you ssh channel in the ec2 console for your address or dont enable the ssh console on pfsense until or when needed.


One of the best Firewall Appliances in the Market

  • April 08, 2020
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Best value for money. pfsense has never failed me to date. It's powerful and in par with industry leaders. Matter of fact, there are many instances where industry leaders are behind in some technologies that pfsense support. Keep up the good work guys


Works well with AWS networking

  • March 16, 2019
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I used the pfSense Netgate firewall/VPN/Router to help study for the AWS Advanced Network Specialty exam. Simple to set up, I used it to build VPNs w/BGP between two VPCs and a remote network using pfSense on two sides and a VGW in the middle. The latest version supports VTI interfaces so you can use route-based VPN instead of policy-based VPN. Without VTI interfaces you can set up a VPN but BGP doesn't work as expected. I had no problems setting up VTI interfaces in the VPN configuration, installing OpenBGPD, and routing traffic using CloudHub VPN and BGP to connect the two VPCs and my remote network together.

In my opinion, the pfSense firewall was easy to set up and the interface is fairly intuitive if you're familiar with networking and security. I've used the community edition for a while and the AWS version has the same look-and-feel. There's also a number of open source options that can be added to extend the functionality of the product.

I think the only downside is the pricing. I wish the t2.nano and t2.micro were both priced the same. The t2.nano is great for a trial run. However, if you install any options you'll probably want something larger than a t2.nano and that will create a significant price increase. Then again, Netgate's pricing seems to be much lower than comparable products in AWS marketplace so it looks like it cost less to run than other products with similar functionality.

I would recommend Netgate pfSense if you are looking for a low-cost stateful firewall that is built using open source software and can do VPN and routing too.

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Will not launch in the US-WEST-2 region

  • October 24, 2018
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I've successfully launched this in other regions, but it will not launch in the US-WEST-2 region. Please fix this! The system log shows the operating system halting and rebooting constantly.


Great for Site-to-Site

  • October 17, 2018
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Very easy to use.
The UI is Intuitive.
Site-toSite VPN is very stable.
You can upgrade to a newer version from the UI.
Strongly recommended!


IPsec VPN routing issue

  • May 30, 2018
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GUI is very easy to use, site-to-site VPN tunnel established easily.

However, it seems miss routing config, I could not find a way to route traffic into this VPN tunnel.

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