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Netgate® Newsletter December 2017 Edition

Happy Holidays from all of us at Netgate! We have a lot of good news to share.

Here are the highlights:

  • TNSR-based Transit VPC
  • pfSense software releases
  • Application detection on pfSense software
  • AWS re:Invent Booth
  • Tip of the month
  • Netgate is moving
  • pfSense Gold Hangout this month

TNSR-based Transit VPC

Netgate® recently announced the coming availability of TNSR-based Transit VPC to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Transit VPC, built by Solutions Architects at AWS, allows AWS customers to easily provision and interconnect their AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) – geographically dispersed and/or running in separate AWS accounts – from a central VPC at high speeds.

TNSR™ ("tensor") is high speed networking from 10 Gbps to 100+ Gbps that will first be available on AWS followed shortly on Microsoft Azure. It is Netgate’s next generation Firewall/VPN/Routing platform based on’s Vector Packet Processing (VPP), providing high bandwidth VPC interconnection and simple management through a RESTful API, which integrates to virtually any cloud orchestration management solution.

You can read Netgate's press release for more infomation on TNSR and Transit VPC.

 Press Release

pfSense software releases

On December 14, 2017, Netgate issued a security and errata maintenance release of pfSense 2.3.5-p1 for customers who are still running 32-bit based i386 Intel systems. Netgate also released pfSense 2.4.2-p1 for customers who are on 64-bit Intel systems or ARM systems. This maintenance release includes several security patches, stability fixes and infrastructure updates.

One of the most useful changes is an update to the way that our ACB Auto-Configuration Backup service works.

See our blog for full details.

Release Details

Application detection on pfsense software

Thanks to the Snort package and OpenAppID, pfSense is now application-aware.

This layer 7 functionality arrives through an upgraded version of the Snort package for pfSense software. Maintained by Bill Meeks, the Snort package has been available for many years and is one of our most popular packages. Thanks to his continued efforts, as well as those of Demair Ramos, OpenAppID is now part of the Snort package.

Go to the Blog for full details.

Application Detection


Netgate had a tradeshow booth at Amazon's big end-of-year show AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas from November 27 to December 1. We hope you stopped by if you were at the show. We announced TNSR-based Transit VPC as mentioned above. It's a new cloud-based software platform that will start on AWS but will move to Microsoft Azure and highspeed hardware-based routing platforms.


Tip of the month

One clear benefit of purchasing a pfSense Security Gateway from Netgate is that a one-year subscription of pfSense Gold comes with every pfSense appliance purchased — a $99 value.

A pfSense Gold subscription comes with access to lots of great technical information and documentation like the Monthly Hangouts, but one of the best benefits is that you can install the Automatic Configuration Backup package so that your configurations are automatically backed up every time you make a change to it.

You can store up to 100 encrypted configuration backups for 10 different devices, giving you peace of mind knowing that your configuration is safe, no matter what happens to your firewall.

Note: Remember that a pfSense Gold Subscription does not include support.

To register your Netgate appliance for a free one-year subscription, go to Otherwise, click on the button below to learn more.

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Netgate is moving

Netgate is moving to a larger location to serve you better in 2018 and beyond. Please begin using our new address on January 12, 2018:

4616 W Howard Lane Suite 900 
Austin, TX 78728

We've already begun some of the heavy lifting and we'll be completely in the new space by the end of January. We're doing our best to ensure there's as little disruption in system lead times and deliveries as possible.

December Gold Monthly Hangout

The monthly hangout for December 2017 will be an introduction to the FRR package and dynamic routing protocols. We will discuss how the FRR package operates, including how to setup basic BGP and OSPF connectivity between multiple firewalls, and other related topics.

Join us Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1PM CST / 2PM EST.

Learn More


Netgate Global Support

Netgate Global Support subscriptions are designed to meet the needs of any organization – public or private, large or small, with support plans starting at $29 a month (less than $1 a day) on pfSense hardware purchased from Netgate at the point of sale. Choose plans from Professional, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus to meet your pfSense support SLA needs.

We're always on! Our team is staffed 24x7x365. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support at a competitive price point.

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