Netgate 8300 pfSense+ Security Gateway

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Netgate 8300 pfSense+ Security Gateway


Experience unparalleled value and performance with the Netgate® 8300 Security Gateway powered by pfSense® Plus software. The Netgate 8300 is tailored for medium to large business, xSP, MSP/MSSP with high connectivity and stability requirements. This unit is enterprise-ready, featuring Netgate's most expandable chassis and hot-swappable PSUs, ensuring mission critical reliability and ease of maintenance.


This security gateway boasts a formidable 2.0 GHz, 8-core, 16-thread Intel® Xeon® D-1733NT processor with Intel AVX-512 for exceptional Firewall and VPN performance. The Netgate 8300 harnesses the power of Intel AVX-512 to accelerate VPN operations, bolstering throughput and reducing overhead while optimizing core firewall functions for enhanced network security and performance. With quad 10G SFP+ ports, quad 1G SFP ports, and triple 2.5G RJ-45 ports, plus expandability to 25G and 100G ports via PCIe cards, the Netgate 8300 future-proofs your network infrastructure, scaling effortlessly with your business.

The Netgate 8300 maximizes your investment by delivering high-performance throughput at an incredibly competitive cost per gigabit. Compared to the 1541, it boasts a remarkable 47% firewall performance gain, 100% improvement in VPN and routing throughput, and a 175% increase in port density.

This compact 1U chassis optimizes space efficiency in server rooms and data centers, ideal for mission-critical deployments requiring robust high availability options and hotswap dual-power capability. Redefine your network standards by offering superior scalability, performance, and cost efficiency that exceeds industry expectations with Netgate's 8300 Security Gateway.

CPU: Eight Core 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon CPU. Delivers 36 Gbps routing for everyday iPerf3-bidirectional traffic and over 26 Gbps of firewall throughput. Network Ports: 11 Independent 1G, 2.5G, and 10G ports. Maximum port flexibility - with 1G, 2.5G, and 10G Ethernet configurable as WAN or LAN across the combination of 11 RJ45 and SFP ports. Expandability: 1 x PCIe 3.0 x8 port for half-length low profile cards and 1 xPCIe 4.0 x16 port for full-height three-quarters length cards. Storage: 512 GB NVMe 2280 M-Key M.2 SSD. Memory: 16 GB DDR4, ECC, 2400MHz via 2x 8 GB (expandable to 32 GB via 2x 16 GB UDIMM). Power: Dual hot-swappable PSU bays. 1 x Internal 500W PSU (hot-swappable) included, 110V/240V AC input. Cooling: Active - 7x chassis fans at the rear of the enclosure

Performance Tests

L3 Forwarding
  • IPERF3 Traffic: 36.70 Gbps
Firewall (10k ACLs)
  • IPERF3 Traffic: 26.80 Gbps
IPsec VPN (AES-GCM-128 w/QAT)
  • IPERF3 Traffic: 14.60 Gbps
Netgate 8300 performance tests conducted with pfSense Plus software version 24.03
CPU Intel Xeon D-1733NT, 8-core @ 2.0 GHz (Ice Lake Family)
CPU Cores 8-core
Physical Network I/O ports (4) 10GbE SFP+ cage ports
(4) 1GbE SFP cage ports
(3) 2.5GbE RJ-45 "direct" (unswitched) Intel i226 ethernet ports
Storage 512 GB NVMe 2280 M-Key M.2 SSD
Memory 16 GB DDR4, ECC, 2400MHz via 2x 8 GB 1G x 72-Bit UDIMM
(expandable to 32 GB via 2x 16 GB UDIMM)
Physical Expansion Card Slots 2x m.2 M-Key slots for NVMe SSD storage via custom vertical PCIe riser card
1x PCIe 3.0 x8 slot
Supports half-length low profile cards and “up-plugging” of x16 cards
(limited to x8 speeds)
1x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot
Supports full-height three-quarter-length cards
Console Port 1x RJ45 auto-detect console port
Cisco pinout USB-A to RJ45 console cable included
Management Port 1x IPMI management port via dedicated RJ45
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.2 jacks (USB-A female)
RTC (battery) CR2032 (20mm) lithium coin cell onboard, 3VDC
LED 3x RGB LEDs – software/firmware controllable via Aspeed AST2620 BMC
Power Buttons / Switches 1x illuminated push button (front) - software controlled
1x mechanical toggle switch (rear)
Enclosure Sheet steel enclosure, powder-coated finish
16.92 x 13 x 1.72 inches*
430 x 330 x 43.8 mm
*excluding rack ears, handles, and hot-swap PSU protrusions
Mounting 1U rackmount - chassis is compatible with industry standard sliding rails
Cooling Active - internal chassis cooling fans at the rear of the enclosure
Power Dual power hot-swappable PSU bays.
1 x Internal 500W PSU 100V/240V AC input (hot-swappable) included
AC Inlet: IEC320-C16 (3 pin)
1 x NEMA 5-15P to IEC320-C15 US power cord included
Environmental Ambient temperature range of 0°C (32°F) to 40°C (104°F)
Certifications CE, CB, FCC (Class A), ISED (Class A), RoHS, UL, ACMA, UKCA


  • pfSense+ software updates and security patches are provided free of charge for the life of the product
  • No artificial limits or add-ons are needed for full functionality
  • Enjoy unlimited users, firewall rules, IPsec tunnels, dual WAN, and more without additional usage or feature-based pricing
  • Low power requirements to save money
  • Designed for an extended deployment lifetime


  • Get all the security features you need to protect your business
  • Flexible configuration and support for multi-WAN, High Availability, VPN, load balancing, reporting and monitoring, etc
  • Add optional packages such as Snort for IDS/IPS and network security monitoring.


Intuitive web-based GUI includes :  

  • Configure advanced routing, firewall rules, VPNs, multi-WAN, and traffic shaping
  • Dashboard with real-time traffic graphs
  • Detailed diagnostics and reporting tools


  • Highly flexible, suitable for remote access and site-to-site connections, supporting a wide range of VPN types, including IPsec, OpenVPN, and WireGuard,
  • Simplified multi-vendor supported VPN creation and management
  • Secure connectivity for mobile and remote workers to the cloud
  • Use the Amazon VPC Wizard to easily set up VPN connections with your Amazon EC2 cloud.

Best For:

  • Medium-to-large sized organizations and businesses
  • Enterprise
  • Co-location, high availability use cases
  • Service Providers and Managed Service Providers


  • Policy-based routing
  • Multiple IP addresses per interface
  • Multiple WAN connections (with load balancing and failover)
  • Complex NAT mapping (outbound and inbound)
  • Concurrent IPv4 and IPv6 support
  • Optional multi-node High Availability (HA) clustering
  • Dynamic routing protocol support [w/pkg]

Firewall, Attack Prevention, & Content Filtering:

  • Extensive firewall rules
  • Stateful filtering & packet inspection
  • Per-interface configuration
  • Ethernet (layer 2) rule-based packet filtering
  • IP/DNS-based filtering and blacklisting [w/pkg]
  • IDS/IPS with Snort-based packet analyzer [w/pkg]
  • Layer 7 application detection and blocking [w/pkg]
  • Reverse proxy [w/pkg]
  • Geo/country blocking, IP block lists [w/pkg]


  • Site-to-site and remote access VPNs
  • IPsec, OpenVPN, WireGuard®
  • Split tunneling
  • IPsec policy-based and route-based protocol support
  • OpenVPN Data Channel Offload (DCO)
  • Intel IPsec Multi-Buffer (IIMB)
  • Intel QuickAssist Technology (QAT)

User Authentication & System Security:

  • User and group-based privileges
  • LDAP authentication
  • Automatic lockout after repeated attempts
  • Optional key-based SSH access
  • Traffic and bandwidth shaping
  • Captive portal with user data transfer quotas
  • External RADIUS authentication [w/pkg]


  • Setup wizard for initial configuration
  • Encrypted automatic backup to Netgate server
  • Easy configuration backup/restore
  • Multi-language support

Monitoring & Reporting:

  • Customizable dashboard with widgets
  • Local monitoring graphs
  • Remote logging
  • Network usage monitoring [w/pkg]
  • Network diagnostics [w/pkg]

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