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What's in a Name?

by Neal Hartsell on June 14, 2021

Longstanding (and maybe even newer) customers will recognize that Netgate® has been gradually evolving its product naming. As an example, a few years back, we had the SG-2440. To break down its product name meaning, ‘SG’ implied 1 Gbps interfaces (where XG implied 10 Gbps interfaces), and ‘2440’ was shorthand for 2 CPU cores, 4 GB RAM, and 4 NICs....

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pfSense Plus 21.05-RELEASE Now Available

by Jim Pingle on June 02, 2021

We are excited to announce the release of pfSense® Plus software version 21.05, now available for upgrades! Customers running pfSense Plus, or the Factory Edition of pfSense software version 2.4.5-p1 and older, can upgrade in-place automatically to pfSense Plus software version 21.05 as with any other previous upgrade. This version of pfSense Plus software contains several new features and enhancements,...

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Sneak Peek: pfSense Plus 21.05

by Audian Paxson on May 28, 2021

pfSense Plus 21.05 will be available in the coming weeks. You can read the details on all the bug fixes and improvements included in the 21.05 release notes. Today, we want to give you a sneak peek on something new to pfSense Plus that isn’t in the release notes, the OpenVPN Client Import package. Here’s a quick snapshot: The OpenVPN...

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Netgate pfSense Plus - An Out-of-Band Data Center Use Case

by Andrew Waranowski on May 06, 2021

pfSense® Plus is well known for its edge connectivity use cases, where traffic needs to securely flow from users to the Internet / cloud and vice versa. Less well known, perhaps, is that it is just as powerful for intranet applications. We thought our readers might find this story useful - one in which Netgate® itself uses pfSense Plus and...

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pfSense: WireGuard returns as an Experimental Package

by Scott Long on May 05, 2021

We are pleased to be collaborating with Christian McDonald to bring WireGuard back to pfSense® Plus and pfSense CE software in an experimental form. Christian approached our engineering team a few weeks ago to look for ways to collaborate on WireGuard, and we are pleased to work with him and share his results. Starting May 5, 2021, Netgate® will build...

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Netgate Offers Self-Paced, Online Training & Certification for pfSense Plus

by Scott Davis on April 28, 2021

Today, Netgate® is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our flagship training offering, pfSense® Plus Fundamentals and Practical Application in a free, self-paced, online format. The pfSense Plus Fundamentals and Practical Application course is designed to help our customers manage and maintain their network firewall, VPN and router using pfSense Plus as one of the core elements. This self-paced...

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pfSense Plus 21.02.2-RELEASE and pfSense CE 2.5.1-RELEASE Now Available

by Jim Pingle on April 13, 2021

We are excited to announce the release of pfSense® Plus software version 21.02.2 and pfSense Community Edition (CE) software version 2.5.1, now available for new installations and upgrades! For more details about the distinctions between pfSense Plus and pfSense CE software, read the pfSense Plus Announcement. Customers running the Factory Edition of pfSense software version 2.4.5-p1 and older can upgrade...

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IT Pros Share Their VPP Journey

by Audian Paxson on March 31, 2021

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar for The Linux Foundation where we featured three speakers that shared how they became interested in harnessing’s Vector Packet Processing (VPP) technology. In this webinar, each network operator walked us through their challenges, requirements, options they considered, and the results they achieved using TNSR software with VPP. Their stories,...

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WireGuard Removed from pfSense CE and pfSense Plus Software

by Jim Thompson on March 18, 2021

We introduced a kernel-mode version of WireGuard to our most recent pfSense® software releases - pfSense® Plus Version 21.02 (which has since been superseded by Version 21.02-p1), and pfSense Community Edition (CE) software version 2.5.0. As noted in a follow-on blog, questions and concerns with the implementation have surfaced that require attention. Given that kernel-mode WireGuard has been removed from...

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Painful Lessons Learned in Security and Community

by Scott Long on March 16, 2021

Update 2021-03-18: Pending further updates from Netgate, we recommend users of WireGuard do not configure jumbo frames on WireGuard interfaces (MTU >= 1420). The blog post text below has been updated to reflect this recommendation. I’ve been involved in the open source community dating back to the first time I downloaded and installed 386BSD 0.1 in 1992 while a freshman...

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