I pay for 100 GB and 100 GB down. However, I was never able to achieve this performance levels. About a year ago I took a bandwidth speed test. This is what I was able to get get. My wife was on the phone (VOIP) at the time and my kids were watching Netflix. So I had competing traffic.
At home I have been using a Dlink 665 Router for a long time, and it worked for my needs.
But then I wanted to do the following
- Block all DNS Query traffic that is not going to "Approved" DNS Servers.
- VPN into my home network.
- Monitor bandwidth by device on my network.
- Aftermarket firmware for existing devices.
- Using Linux or FreeBSD and spending hours configuring it.
asked a co-worker what he used. He pointed me to pfSense.
I add a second NIC to an older spare machine I had. Then I installed pfSense, it was a very easy to install. I had it running with the base configuration, a few minutes after inserting the CD and starting the install.
I then spent a few hours to get it configured as desired, but it was really easy. Most of the time was spend readdressing my home network, as I desired a more structured ip address layout compared to random undocumented method that I had before.
I noticed our connection seemed much faster than before.
So I took another speed test, I had my son watch Netflix like he was before.
Granted lots of things could have changed in a years time. So some of the differences may not be attributable to pfSense. However, I am not about to install the Dlink 665 again to find out out the true differences.
But since I noticed the improvement, without the speed test, I thought I should post a glowing review of pfSense. All of the features I wanted have been working really well, and it has more feature than I will ever need, allowing me to expand to meet my needs.
If you need need a better firewall at the your home or office. It's worth looking into pfSense.