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Netgate pfSense for AWS

pfSense® software is available from Netgate® in the AWS Marketplace and in AWS GovCloud (US) – an isolated AWS region designed to allow hosting of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) by US government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. AWS customers of all types can now strengthen their privacy and protect their sensitive information with the open source reliability and flexibility of Netgate pfSense Firewall/VPN/Router software.

With over 1 million active installations, enterprise-level organizations, higher education institutions, and government agencies around the world rely on pfSense software to provide dependable, full-featured firewall protection in the cloud. There are no hidden fees for features and functions, no arbitrary licensing fees, no artificial user limitations, just unparalleled ROI and TCO.

Easy To Use

  • 30-day free software trial available to try it without risk. The only cost is the EC2 instance.
  • Available on the AWS Marketplace, including GovCloud.
  • Easy GUI management. Manage pfSense settings through our web-based GUI.
  • Comes with access to extensive setup and configuration documentation.


  • No artificial limits or add-ons required to make your system fully functional.
  • No additional usage or feature based pricing. No preset limits on users, firewall rules, or IPsec tunnels.
  • No annual license or renewal fees.
  • Manage your budget with up-front pricing and no hidden surprises.


  • Flexible AWS Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) options on larger instances to dynamically change from 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, or 25 Gbps.
  • Available in numerous instance sizes to fit your needs, now and in the future.


  • Connect via encrypted Virtual Private Networks (VPN) between offices, let mobile workers connect securely, or interconnect between AWS Regions.
  • Easy access through the pfSense dashboard, the EC2 Console, or the CLI to configure, update, or enhance your instance.

Common Use Cases

In the Shared Responsibility model, the customer is required to perform the necessary security configuration and management, including the firewall, to maintain the privacy and protection of their data, just as they would in a physical data center. A Netgate® firewall instance of pfSense® software can be used to protect your infrastructure and data, whether you need to meet compliance concerns, or just as a responsible business practice. Use pfSense software to secure:

  • HIPAA security requirements to maintain sensitive medical records
  • Law enforcement records and data
  • Financial records and data
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
  • Research & Development
  • Export controlled data
  • Intellectual Property
  • And any other sensitive or important information

Software Features

pfSense software is a free, open source firewall and router distribution based on FreeBSD that is functionally competitive with expensive, proprietary commercial firewalls. pfSense software can be configured as a stateful packet filtering firewall, a LAN or WAN router, VPN End Point, DHCP Server, DNS Server, or can be configured for other applications and special purpose packages. This full-feature pfSense security software includes:

  • Stateful packet filtering firewall or pure router
  • Routing policy per gateway and per-rule for failover and load balancing
  • Transparent layer 2 firewall
  • Support for IPV6, NAT, BGP
  • Captive portal with MAC filtering, RADIUS support, etc
  • VPN: IPsec, OpenVPN, L2TP
  • Dynamic DNS client
  • Reporting and monitoring features with real time information
  • Learn more about the features of pfSense software
Product specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

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