Does OPNsense require AES-NI?

What is AES-NI pfSense?

AES-NI is a form of hardware acceleration designed to speed up encryption and decryption in routines implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Utilizing AES-GCM encryption on a CPU supporting AES-NI should improve throughput on OpenVPN tunnels in pfSense by 30 to 50%.

What hardware do I need to run pfSense?

For reference, the minimum pfSense hardware requirements are:

  1. 600 MHz CPU.
  2. 512 MB of RAM.
  3. 4 GB hard drive.
  4. A compatible network card (again, best two have at least two NICs)
  5. A bootable USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM for installation.

Jul 1, 2021

Is pfSense better than OPNsense?

OPNsense has a nicer user interface and seems to be implementing new features faster than pfSense. pfSense has been around for longer, so the community is bigger, and there's more documentation online. IPFire has a less mature user interface, so we don't recommend it unless you already know it.

What hardware can I install pfSense on?

For reference, the minimum pfSense hardware requirements are:

  • 600 MHz CPU.
  • 512 MB of RAM.
  • 4 GB hard drive.
  • A compatible network card (again, best two have at least two NICs)
  • A bootable USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM for installation.

Jul 1, 2021

Can pfSense run on a virtual machine?

pfSense software is built on the FreeBSD operating system, not Linux. Select Other and chose FreeBSD (32-bit) or FreeBSD (64-bit). Make sure the hardware is capable of running 64-bit virtual machines, which it must be to run ESXi, and download the pfSense ISO image for installation, choosing the amd64 architecture.

Why did OPNSense fork from pfSense?

So why did we fork? … Back in 2014, after having sponsored pfSense® for years, we felt that there was no other option than to fork the project and to keep the spirit of the – original m0n0wall based fork – alive.

Is there anything better than pfSense?

Most alternatives are Firewalls and VPN Services. The best alternative is OPNsense, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like pfSense are MikroTik RouterOS (Paid), NethServer (Free, Open Source), Sophos UTM (Paid) and IPFire (Free, Open Source).

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