Netgate is an open-source driven secure networking company that provides high-performance and affordable appliance and software-based firewall, VPN, and routing solutions for the home, office, and cloud.

Our secure networking solutions

pfSense® Plus and TNSR® solutions connect and protect homes, businesses in every vertical, K-12 and university educational institutions, local, state, federal government agencies and service providers all over the world.

The company was formed in 2004, has over 75 employees residing on four continents, and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.


Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to make it fast, safe, and cost-effective to connect to the digital world. Our vision is that secure networking should be a right for all, not a privilege for a few.

This is why we contribute significant technical expertise and financial resources to numerous open-source software projects, including Clixon, Data Plane Developer Kit (DPDK), the Fast Data Project ( and its flagship technology Vector Packet Processing (VPP), FreeBSD, Free Range Routing, Linux, strongSwan, and the pfSense Project.

Our Value

Secure networking is a vital and competitive space, with ever evolving software and hardware technology. Our value lies in consistent and impactful open-source software contribution, open-source software productization, and reliable, robust secure networking appliance design, manufacturing, delivery and support. Our open source software roots and intimate knowledge of hardware design enable us to provide enterprise-caliber solutions at home and small business price points.


Our Story


2004: Netgate is Founded

Bored to tears out in Hawaii (well, not really) Jim and Jamie Thompson founded Rubicon Communications, LLC (dba Netgate) with their own seed money (a whopping $1,000). The company began making firewalls and wireless access points - which initially shipped with m0n0wall, and later with pfSense.  Yes, they've been working with firewalls for a very long time.

Fun facts:

  • That was the original logo (which is still cool)
  • Netgate is a woman-owned, woman-run business (51%). Trendsetters to the core.

Company Highlights


Software installs


Netgate Software Releases through June 2021


Netgate code commits through December 2022


Customer satisfaction rating

7 of 7

Continents running Netgate products


Stars on Glassdoor




Dogs in the office (on any given day)

Careers at Netgate

Ensuring customers reach their potential begins with helping our employees reach theirs. We equip employees with tools, opportunities, and support to get the very most out of themselves and their work at Netgate.

Growth Opportunities

The goal is to unlock the potential and nurture growth for the company, but it begins with our talented team members. Providing employees with the opportunity of new experiences, responsibilities, and development is critical to company growth. Your success is our success.

Long-term Focus

The modern day tech industry is flooded with stories of bright flames and fast burnouts. Netgate began in 2004 with the long haul in mind. With consistent year-over-year growth we are focused on building a loyal team that will progress alongside the company.

Personalized Impact

We are inspired and motivated by people with different backgrounds and experiences to influence new progress at Netgate. Each individual brings unique value to the company and Netgate aims to provide unique value and advancement to each employee in their professional journey.