pfSense or Firewalla / Several Questions

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I've heard Steve mention many times that he uses pfSense pre-installed on a Netgate SG-1100. I thought I might get one; however, I heard about the Firewalla box and wondered which would be better. Apparently the pfSense is very involved setup-wise with a steep learning curve. The FW is supposedly much easier as there is support available and it's more plug-and-play.

Then I found out that I can install pfSense on my Qnap NAS. That option is definitely more cost-friendly. I think I'd like to do that, but I'm not a networking pro. Are there any good guides available that could help me get an installation of pfSense up and running?

Thanks for any recommendations.
 
I can install pfSense on my Qnap NAS.
Considering that QNAP already has a bad rep for security issues, I don't suggest you put all your eggs in that one basket.

You should be able to experiment with the firewall UI in a virtual machine, so you could try one or both or any to see which you like. I know that Reddit has pfSense subreddit, check and see if the other one does too. Look over the messages there and maybe that will give you more of a sense about each product, and the community around and behind it.
 
This guy from YouTube, Lawrence Systems. If you cann't follow his stuff then you are not ready for pfSense, but if you follow SN and Steve you probably can. I use pfSense and I love it, I don't use on the netgate, I've use it on an old hp computer and in vmware with virtual networking. He has many videos on pfsense, I just linked to the first.

 
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This guy from YouTube, Lawrence Systems. If you cann't follow his stuff then you are not ready for pfSense, but if you follow SN and Steve you probably can. I use pfSense and I love it, I don't use on the netgate, I've use it on an old hp computer and in vmware with virtual networking. He has many videos on pfsense, I just linked to the first.

I was about to post the same thing.

Great content all around, and does some good security content.