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June 2019

This Month's Topics

  • New Release: TNSR 19.05 Now Available
  • TNSR Application Spotlight: Four New Application Deep Dives
  • TNSR Presentation at Mini-Summit: Electric Cars are the future. But Most Aren't Using Them Yet. 


  • pfSense Zanata Translations
  • pfSense Protecting DreamHack
  • The Impact of Hardware Architecture and Software

Other News

  • TNSR Trials
  • Netgate Tech Tip of the Month


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TNSR 19.05 Now Available!

TNSR New Release

Since the release of TNSR 19.02 back in February, we have had a substantial amount of customer engagements. These customers have provided great feedback into how we need to advance TNSR. On May 31, we announced the 19.05 release of TNSR and it provides a number of enhancements to our enterprise and service provider firewall, VPN and routing solution. 

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



New In-depth Application Briefs

4 new app pages

TNSR is a highly adaptable enterprise and service provider solution that can be used across a wide range of applications. In these four new in-depth application briefs you can see how some of our customers are harnessing the power of TNSR in their environments for:

With use case diagrams, hard performance numbers, and real-world deployment examples see how TNSR is disrupting secure networking and how it will benefit your business.

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


TNSR Presentation at Mini-Summit

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Containers are the future. But most aren’t deploying them yet. That means the other 2/3 of the deployment diagram - bare metal and VM - are still very important ways to take advantage of, and specifically, Vector Packet Processing (VPP). In this presentation, Jim Thompson Netgate CTO, walks through two deployed use cases - one on premises, and one in the cloud - where is bringing performance gains - and price performance gains - to bear right now.



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pfSense Zanata Translations

pfSense documentation is being translated into more than 50 languages - with many already incorporated into pfSense - in support of more than one million installations deployed on literally every continent, and in every vertical market space. We want to make sure the valued work of pfSense translators continues for the good of the worldwide user community. Our new Zanata instance,, is fully up to date with all existing and in-progress translations migrated from the RedHat-based Zanata system.

We are inviting all pfSense translators to register at our new site. Please visit and simply enter your email address, preferred username, and the language(s) to which you translate.


pfSense Protecting DreamHack Dallas




We were excited to announce that we upgraded DreamHack's IT infrastructure to offer more powerful pfSense secure networking capabilities to the 20,000-25,000 thousand gamers that attended DreamHack Dallas


“We are proud to have Netgate appliances with pfSense software be a significant part of DreamHack’s network backbone and its overall security,” said Jamie Thompson, Netgate CEO. “Our solutions are used in every vertical and on every continent, but a gaming convention is a particularly robust test of product performance, stability, and speed of deployment.”


Choosing the Right Netgate Appliance

Choose the right appliance

Netgate has a popular set of secure networking appliances ranging from the SG-1100 to the XG-1541. Buyers can quickly and easily differentiate them on the basis of physical interconnect, CPU, and price.

But, there is another purchase factor that is less obvious, yet quite important. That factor is the product’s internal architecture. You may (or may not) be aware that internal architecture differs significantly across the SG-1100, SG-3100, SG-5100, XG-7100 and XG-1537/XG-1541.

In our latest blog, we cover a few secure networking use cases that routinely surface in customer conversations and how the Netgate appliance architecture should play a part in your decision. 


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Other News 



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Have questions about TNSR? We created a FAQ page that answers some of the most commonly asked questions. 

If for some reason the FAQ doesn't answer your questions, we encourage you to sign up for an account on the Netgate forum and ask in our TNSR section



TNSR Trials

Trial v1.3


TNSR is an open-source based packet processing platform that delivers superior secure networking solution performance, manageability, and services flexibility at a fraction of the cost of legacy brands.

  • Designed for enterprises and xSPs
  • Common use cases include: 
      • Edge / Border Router
      • Site-to-Site Secure VPN
      • CG-NAT
      • Zero Trust Hi Vol ACL Firewall
      • Port Mirror
      • Hi Speed Cloud Connectivity
  • Quickly and easily configurable via CLI or REST API

Our hands-on trials include:

  • Quick start application guides
  • In-depth product documentation
  • Phone/email access to support engineers 


Netgate Tech Tip of the Month


Always take a backup of the firewall configuration prior to any major change to the firewall, such as an upgrade.


Do not update packages before upgrading pfSense! Either remove all packages or do not update packages before running the upgrade.

The upgrade will take several minutes to complete. The exact time varies based on download speed, hardware speed, and other factors such installed packages. Be patient during the upgrade and allow the firewall enough time to complete the entire process. After the update packages finish downloading it could take 10-20 minutes or more until the upgrade process ends. The firewall may reboot several times during the upgrade process. Monitor the upgrade from the firewall console for the most accurate view.

Consult the Upgrade Guide for additional information about performing upgrades to pfSense software.


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