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Greetings from all of us at Netgate! As usual, there's lots of news this month, so let's get right to it.

Here are the highlights:

  • pfSense Gold Free with 2.4.4-RELEASE
  • pfSense 2.4.4-RELEASE Highlights
  • pfSense 2.4.4 on a MinnowBoard Dual-Ethernet
  • SG-5100 Sneak Peek
  • XG-7100 Desktop Now Shipping
  • TNSR Simplified - A new series
  • 15% off MinnowBoard Turbots
  • Netgate YouTube Channel
  • Tip of the month
  • July pfSense Gold Hangout on XG-7100 & SG-3100 Switch Configuration
  • Final Thought

pfSense Gold Free

On July 16, 2018, we announced that starting with the upcoming release of pfSense® 2.4.4-RELEASE, all of the services previously offered under "pfSense Gold" will continue, but they will be freely available to all pfSense users.

This is exciting news and includes:

  • A living digital copy of The pfSense Book (700+ pages) in various formats
  • The Monthly Hangouts
  • Access to AutoConfigBackup (more on this in The Tip of the Month below)
Click below to read the entire blog post to see what this all means.

Free Gold

pfSense 2.4.4-Release Highlights

Speaking of pfSense 2.4.4-RELEASE, we have another blog post highlighting many of the new features that will be available in pfSense 2.4.4. Development snapshots are available if you're eager to try it out.

There is a lot of detail in the blog post so I won't try to hit everything here. Just click below to read the blog post. 

2.4.4 Highlights

pfSense 2.4.4 on a MinnowBoard Turbot Dual-Ethernet

If you recall, last year we were going to offer two new Netgate appliances based on the MinnowBoard Turbot Dual-Ethernet products running pfSense software. We didn't release the products because of an underlying FreeBSD issue with HDMI.


The great news is that we've resolved the issue mentioned and pfSense 2.4.4 Community Edition (CE) snapshots are working on the dual-core and quad-core MinnowBoard Turbots with Dual-Ethernet. We have a blog post with provides all of the important links you'll need, including easy-to-follow instructions on how to install pfSense CE on these great little appliances.

MinnowBoard Dual-E

The new SG-5100 Sneak Peek

We're pleased to introduce you to the SG-5100 coming out in September. The SG-5100 desktop system is a state of the art pfSense® Security Gateway appliance, featuring the Quad Core Intel® Atom™ C3558 2.2 GHz, with AES-NI and Intel QuickAssist.


It comes equipped with 6 non-switched GbE network ports, 4GB DDR4 2400 MHz ECC RAM, and 8GB eMMC Flash storage on board. We've priced the SG-5100 at $799 USD. We don't have a page up yet for pre-orders, but it will be up soon. If you'd like to be kept informed about this exciting new product, just click the button below.


Note: The first 500 systems we receive will be with US power cords only, but they can easily be changed for any country's power cord.

XG-7100 Desktop Shipping


The XG-7100 pfSense Security Gateway desktop started shipping on July 16, 2018. This desktop system is the same as the 1U version, but in a desktop enclosure. The $899 base model arrives with 32 GB eMMC storage, 8 GB DDR4 RAM and a case fan. We offer upgrades to a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD and upto 24 GB DDR4 RAM.


TNSR Simplified

We realize that when we're talking about TNSR, we toss around terms like Vector Packet Processing as if everyone knows what that means. In the next few newsletters, we're going to take a TNSR topic and make it easier to understand.

This first, short article is on Vector Packet Processing (VPP) Simplified. This series is not overly technical and is designed to help anyone understand the technologies that make TNSR so fast.

VPP Simplified

15% off MinnowBoard Turbots


Time is running out for you to get a quad-core MinnowBoard Turbot* for 15% off. These powerful boards are capable of running several different operating systems, such as Ubuntu LTS and Microsoft Windows 10. You can also configure this system as a Router on a Stick using pfSense software version 2.4 and above.

The discount also applies on Lures, enclosures, and power adapters. Don't delay. This offer is over at the end of the week on August 5, 2018. We extended it a few days to give you a last chance to purchase yours.

Note: Our dual-core MBT-2210 is no longer available but the quad-core MBT-4210 pictured above is still in stock.

Just enter the coupon code MAKERS at checkout to receive your 15% discount.


*Dual-Ethernet MinnowBoard Turbots are not included in this promotion.

Netgate YouTube channel

Check out our Netgate YouTube channel. We just made all of the pfSense Monthly Hangout videos available to everyone at no charge!

While you're there, be sure to like and subscribe!


Tip of the month

This month's Why To Series paper is about the various Backup and Restore options available from within pfSense software called Why to Backup and Restore. It seems like a simple topic, but it covers options you might not know about. Click the button to download the PDF.

Backup & Restore

July Gold Monthly Hangout

The live July 2018 Gold Monthly Hangout occurred on July 27, 2018.

The video has been posted to YouTube.

The topic of this month's Hangout was Configuration of the Integrated Switch on the XG-7100 and SG-3100 Netgate Appliances in pfSense. We will talk about the switch capabilities, how the switch operates, and how to setup switch ports as individual interfaces.

July Hangout

Final thought

As always, we appreciate our fans, supporters, and customers. If you're reading this, than we appreciate you as well. Thank you.


Netgate training schedule

Official pfSense training by Netgate has been announced and is up on the website. If you need training to maintain your partner status, please click the button below to get enrolled. Seats fill up quickly so don't delay.

Register Now 

Netgate Global Support

Netgate Global Support subscriptions are designed to meet the needs of any organization and start at just $29 a month. That's less than $1 a day for solid peace of mind knowing there's someone available to help you 24x7, including holidays.

Choose from three different plans to meet your exact needs.

No one knows how to support pfSense software more than we do. Take a look to see if support is the right choice for your organization.

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