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December 2019

This Month's Topics

Special Announcements
  • Netgate Holiday Sale
  • TNSR Instructional: Using the RESTCONF API to implement changes to TNSR
  • TNSR Application Spotlight: Site-to-Site VPN
  • TNSR Highlight: Open-Source Disruption


  • Netgate SG-5100 Appliance Review by Serve the Home
  • Netgate Appliance Comparison Blog
  • 2.4.5 Snapshots are Available

Other News

  • Netgate SG-5100 -The Ultimate Home/SMB Appliance with pfSense software
  • Like our products? We'd appreciate your feedback! 
  • Netgate Tech Tip of the Month

Special Announcements v1.2

Holiday Sale for Netgate Appliances and Support

Holiday Sales 2019

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Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 10.42.09 AMManaging networking and security functions is complex. Further, each business entity has a unique approach that best addresses their needs. The REST API in TNSR software enables orchestration across tens to thousands of instances.



Ready to get started with TNSR software? Visit our trial page.


Application Highlight: Site-to-Site IPsec VPN

Application Highlight - Site-to-site IPsec VPN

High performance secure routing - at any level - has traditionally forced buyers into either large capital outlays for ASIC-based appliances, or a large array of less expensive COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf) hardware appliances / VMs - with inherent kernel-based packet processing limitations.

TNSR uses Vector Packet Processing (VPP) to crush traditional high-performance routing economics - TNSR software can be used as a Site-to-Site IPsec VPN achieving speeds at 1, 10, 40, 100 Gbps, and beyond at dramatically lower price points.

For more TNSR use cases, videos, and data sheets, please visit our TNSR resource page


TNSR Tech Highlight: Open-Source Disruption


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What was once thought of as “software for hobbyists by hobbyists,” open-source is now ready for prime time and is now being leveraged by forward-thinking enterprises and service providers.  By deploying open-source networking software, organizations are able to gain several benefits:

  • Flexibility
  • Freedom
  • Synergy
  • Control

Our new open-source disruption education page covers these benefits in more detail as well as explaining how Netgate's TNSR software is one of the first breakout commercially-ready solutions built on top of open-source projects. 


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Serve The Home Netgate SG-5100 Review

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The team at ServeTheHome recently tested the popular Netgate SG-5100 gateway appliance. As with most of the STH work, they jump right into the meaty technical bits that we all love to read about. In Part 1, they cover the hardware, specs, configurations, and dual support for pfSense or TNSR software.

Part 2 is all about performance. First they cover their bench test results where they used IMIX traffic to measure throughput performance of the SG-5100 running pfSense software. We are big fans of this approach over iPerf3 as it more closely resembles typical traffic seen in real-world conditions. They ran nine different performance tests to determine the maximum throughput they could achieve with zero packet loss, which we consider a useful measurement for evaluating network gateway appliances. As a bonus, they measured power consumption and noise of the SG-5100 during their testing—important details that we know customers care about.

We look forward to Part 3 where they compare IPsec performance between pfSense and TNSR software on the SG-5100.

Netgate pfSense Appliance Family Chart 


Recently we published a new Netgate pfSense appliance family chart with the goal of giving our website visitors a quick side-by-side comparison of Netgate appliances against one another. While most of this data (and more) exists on individual product pages, we believe the chart makes it fast and easy for viewers to quickly determine which appliance is best for their needs. 

One of our latest blogs covers the variety of test conditions we put each of our products through and provides a fast, easy, and comprehensive compare and contrast of Netgate secure networking appliances.

pfSense 2.4.5 Snapshots are Available

pfSense 2.4.5 snapshots are live! This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the pfSense project without writing a single line of code, simply by downloading, testing, and sharing feedback on pre-release versions of pfSense.

  • For existing installs - System > Update and pick Latest 2.4.x development version
  • For fresh installs, you can download the 2.4.5 installer here.

If you have a problem:

*There is a known issue with Captive Portal and 2.4.5 at the moment as well. If you have Captive Portal active, either do not upgrade to 2.4.5 snapshots yet, or deactivate it first:

Reminder: Take a backup before, and a snapshot if it's a VM. These are early development snapshots and are likely to be unstable. Don't expect a smooth ride. We've fixed a lot of obvious things but there is much more left to do. Also, uninstall all packages before upgrading to ensure things go smoothly.


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Other News 

SG-5100: The Ultimate Home/SMB Appliance with pfSense software

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Looking for the best appliance to run pfSense software in your home or small office? If you are like many of our customers, you are looking for something with:

  • True gigabit speeds
  • Superior encryption handling 
  • Lots of ports for flexible configuration

If that sounds like you, the Netgate SG-5100 appliance with pfSense software is a perfect fit. Netgate is the only official producer of appliances that are designed, certified, and tested for pfSense software.

Dollar-for-dollar, nothing will outperform this gateway appliance.

Netgate Amazon Product Reviews


Our Amazon community wants to know what others think of our products. Whether you buy directly from us, our partners, or an e-commerce marketplace we would love to hear your feedback on your appliance on Amazon.  If you are one of the many customers that use the Netgate SG-1100, SG-3100, SG-5100, or XG-7100 DT we would greatly appreciate your feedback and rating on the Amazon platform. Reviews like these are instrumental in how we shape future offerings and services for customers. 

Netgate Tech Tip of the Month - Web interface VLAN configuration

Screen Shot 2019-12-18 at 11.17.29 AMTo configure VLANs in the pfSense web interface:

  • Navigate to Interfaces > (assign) to view the interface list.

  • Click the VLANs tab.

  • Click fa-plus Add to add a new VLAN

  • Configure the VLAN


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