OPNsense vs. pfSense in 2021 – Index
Date: May 9, 2021
Round 1 – WireGuard. Tally: OPNsense 1 : pfSense 0
Round 2 – OpenVPN. Tally: OPNsense 1 : pfSense 1
Round 3 – Backups. Tally: OPNsense 2 : pfSense 1
Round 4 – GUI. Tally: OPNsense 3 : pfSense 1
Round 5 – BGP Routing. Tally: OPNsense 3 : pfSense 2
Round 6 – Notifications. Tally: OPNsense 3 : pfSense 3
Round 7 – Versatility and plugins. Tally: OPNsense 4 : pfSense 4. It’s a tie depending on use case.
Round 8 – Installation. Tally: OPNSense 5 : pfSense 4.
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So what is your final verdict between the 2? I’ve been using both of them for a long time and I keep bouncing between them like it’s a Linux distro hopping.
Thx for the comparo. Very useful to me as I am researching what software to use for a new (both for myself and for the company) BGP router implementation. It is a simple (we are a smallish cloud provider but we use fairly big pipes) deployment to provide redundancy in our internet connections, and I am learning as I go. To me it looks like pfsense is the clear decision here since my priority is BGP in this use case, and I have been a pfsense user for over a decade. Amazingly I just learned about opnsense in the last month while researching BGP!
OPNsense have since merged a few PR to make their FRR BGP plugin more useful but IMO it is still broken as far as our use case. Still riding on pfSense as of June 2022.
Page 7 of the comparison is missing currently. Wasn’t when I first checked months ago. Could it be restored? Thanks.
It’s missing indeed. And I never finished writing this up – COVID created Chaos at work and I was sort of last man standing for a couple of months. I will try and conclude this series.
Page 7 is back ! Thanks for reporting 🙂