Which Operating System should I have on my router? Is pfSense better than OPNSense?

This is one of the most asked questions we get. Should I have pfSense or OPNSense, or maybe IPFire or OpenWRT/LEDE?

It depends on what you want to do! Here, at TekLager, we run OpenWRT in our Access Points and pfSense on our routers.

Here are a few basic recommendations we make, depending on what you want to use your hardware for.

 

I want something powerful and simple.

You should get pfSense or OPNSense. Both of these operating systems are mature, full-featured, and have a lot of documentation online.

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. OpenWRT is excellent, but not as user friendly as OPNSense and pfSense.

 

I want to have wireless in my router.

That's easy! You should use OpenWRT.

OpenWRT has the best Wireless support and achieves the highest wireless throughput. No other operating system comes close. 

You should NOT use pfSense or OPNSense - they don't support 802.11ac and have sub-optimal 802.11n support. 

See more information about OpenWRT performance here.

 

I have an APU router and want to have a full gigabit internet speed.

OpenWRT and IPFire achieve full gigabit routing on APU routers out of the box. It's possible to get a full gigabit throughput on pfSense and OPNsense as well, but a few configuration tweaks are required. See our Knowledge Base for detailed instructions.

 

I want to use my router as a VPN client with OpenVPN.

pfSense, OPNSense, and OpenWRT are working great with OpenVPN.

On APU routers pfSense and OPNsense achieve about 100Mbit/s throughput. OpenWRT achieves about 140Mbit/s.

TLSense routers achieve between 300Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s depending on the model. 

 

How about other operating systems?

Take a look at the  comparison of 16 different operating systems.

 

 


Tip: check out many similar articles in our Knowledge Base.


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