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  • #31
    Originally posted by Simmons View Post
    The big take away is flexibility. pfSense is completely opensource, and has a lot of community add-on packages. These range from proxies, DNS, VPN server, multi-VLAN routing, boundary ad blocking, or whatever else you want to throw at it. Plus, it's fun to actually build out a router with your own hardware, or repurpose old hardware that you have stashed in the closet.
    For me the best thing about it is the Ad/script blocking that you can do with it from what I hear (have not played with it) but I have had custom firmware (AsusMerlin) on my Asus router at one point which allowed for some serious ad/script blocking which was fantastic as it was all blocked before it even got to your PC. VPN Server is also a massive bonus. In the future I will get a small PC to do this on and mess about with it.
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    • #32
      Originally posted by ENTERPRISE View Post
      For me the best thing about it is the Ad/script blocking that you can do with it from what I hear (have not played with it) but I have had custom firmware (AsusMerlin) on my Asus router at one point which allowed for some serious ad/script blocking which was fantastic as it was all blocked before it even got to your PC. VPN Server is also a massive bonus. In the future I will get a small PC to do this on and mess about with it.
      Agreed with that. Personally I don't use the boundary ad blocking, but I have read mix results with it. Either, being extremely simple to setup and "it just works", to "this is so customizable, oh god someone please turn off the fire hose this is too mu-".

      For me, the I use the OpenVPN server. At my old place, my folks were paying for comcast cable, and my brother would use the VPN connection to watch the "In-home" streaming service while at college. Also, it works great for remove management, especially when TeamViewer decides you are using the free service for a commercial use case, but they don't factor in the fact that one person really does own that many computers lol. (If you connect via local IP rather than public ID, TeamViewer doesn't complain).

      The Multi-Vlan support would have been easier if I didn't decided to do a dot1q trunk to my switch, but whatever lol.
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