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Building a Behemoth Router

The $20 billion router market is poised for disruption by lower cost, more flexible software-based routers. Routing software and x86 hardware have simultaneously matured to the point where many routing applications can be performed in virtual appliances and no longer require specialized ASIC-driven hardware.

Bite the wax tadpole

In the 1920s, when Coca-Cola was first translated phonetically into Chinese, the resultant phrase meant “bite the wax tadpole”.  Coke finally marketed its product under an alternate phrase, which sounded less like “Coca-Cola” but carried the more appetizing meaning “can mouth, can happy.” Pepsi too had problems with Chinese when their slogan “Come Alive with the Pepsi Generation” was translated for a Taiwanese billboard as “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the dead.” KFC (formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken) found that its “Finger-Lickin’ Good” slogan was translated into Chinese as the admonition “Eat Your Fingers Off.”

pfSense 2.3.3-p1 RELEASE Now Available!

pfSense software version 2.3.3-p1 is now available! This is a maintenance/errata patch available by running an update from an existing installation and it does not have a standalone installer to download.

The pfSense blog has been moved to

As part of our effort to provide a more consistent user experience across our websites, we moved the pfSense blog to This also allows us to get rid of our only instance of WordPress, as currently uses a static site generator, greatly reducing the threat surface of our infrastructure.


There is recent work converting pages in the pfSense software webGUI to use POST rather than GET. This work is scheduled to appear in pfSense software version 2.4.

Clock Signal Component Issue

Netgate has become aware of an issue related to a component manufactured by one supplier that affects some of our products. This is a widely-used component that is used by many companies around the world.

pfSense® software translations with Zanata

Zanata is a web-based translation platform for managing localization projects. A lot of effort is expended in making sure that pfSense® software fully supports localization, but until today it has not been easy for people to contribute the actual translations. Now, however, the pfSense project has been added to the online, open-source Zanata platform and translating could hardly be easier!

Announcing a new trademark policy for pfSense

Many individuals in our community have posed questions regarding the sale of pfSense® software and the ‘rules’ surrounding open source licensing, trademark usage, logo display, etc.

Netgate Taps InfoSec Global for pfSense Code Review

Information and network security solutions that claim to protect businesses from bad actors on the Internet is big business. Unfortunately, many of those vendors sell promises of mitigation based on fear. The best way to understand how you are actually being protected is to audit the security software being used. An independent code review is one of the most fundamental and significant steps that occurs during the software development process.

24 x 7 Support now Available

Netgate®, the leading provider of open source security solutions and the host of the pfSense® open source firewall project is proud to announce the availability of professional 24x7 support for pfSense software.

pfSense moves to Apache License

With the pending departure of Chris Buechler, we wanted to find a way to express to the community our continued commitment to keep pfSense® software open source.

Moving Forward

Over the past few months, the Netgate® engineering team and our community contributors have delivered the software foundation for a new era of pfSense® technology.

pfSense 2.3.1 Update 5 Available

2.3.1 Update 5 (2.3.1_5) is now available. Note that updates 2 through 4 were internal-only. This includes two security fixes to the web GUI, and 7 other bug fixes. The 2.3.1-RELEASE change list has been updated with an Update 5 section specifying the changes.

pfSense 2.3.1 Update 1 Available

2.3.1 Update 1 (2.3.1_1) is now available. This includes one security fix to the web GUI, and 7 other bug fixes. The 2.3.1-RELEASE change list has been updated with an Update 1 section specifying the changes.

pfSense 2.3 Update 1 Available

Since the new pkg system enables us to update pieces of the system individually, rather than the monolithic updates of the past, we have released a patch that fixes the NTP CVEs covered by FreeBSD SA 16:16.ntp. Updating ntpd from 4.2.8p6 to 4.2.8p7 is the only change.

Features and Highlights of pfSense 2.3

Unless you’ve been completely out of the loop, you know that the official release of pfSense 2.3 is on the horizon. In anticipation of that event, Netgate, host of the pfSense® open-source software community and technical leader of the pfSense project, has put together a video that highlights many of the new and exciting changes in this release. Incalculable hours of engineering and testing time has been invested in this release. It’s certainly our biggest yet. As soon as it’s released, you can get it on official pfSense hardware at Enjoy!

pfSense Partner Interview: Amica Technology

Amica Technology is the Select Partner of pfSense® in the UK. As of this writing, Netgate and pfSense is working closely with Amica to facilitate official_ pfSense training in the UK in April. We recently sat down with Chris Howard and his team to talk about the product and other opportunities to work together in 2016 and beyond.

2.2.6-RELEASE Now Available!

pfSense® software version 2.2.6 is now available. This release includes a few bug fixes and security updates.

2.2.5-RELEASE Now Available!

pfSense® software version 2.2.5 is now available. This release includes a number of bug fixes and some security updates.

pfSense Partner Interview: Voleatech

If you’re keeping up with the pfSense project, you will know that 2015 has been a busy year. This includes the launch of our official partner program which enables customers from around the world to purchase official pfSense hardware and services from a recognized and supported entity in their own geographic location.