Today, we have updated IPFire on AWS to IPFire 2.21 - Core Update 129 - the latest official release of IPFire.

This update brings you of course all the features that come with this new version and helps you to avoid updating a newly installed system.

AWS

This update makes the latest features in IPFire available on AWS:

Routed IPsec VPNs

This feature is going to be very interesting for people with need of high availability. Redundant instances of IPFire can now terminate IPsec tunnels in multiple Availability Zones and route traffic dynamically with BGP or other dynamic routing protocols.

This way, you will always have a connection from your office, your other data centre to your Amazon Cloud that will never let you down.

How to update?

For all customers that are already running on the latest image, there is nothing to do here but to make sure that you have all updates installed on your instance. New systems should of course be installed with

Go to IPFire on AWS


Exciting News Is Coming…

by Michael Tremer, March 6

Exciting news is coming to our appliance product line!

2019 is the year, where we will make Ten Gigabit Ethernet the default for our flagship appliances, four Gigabit Ethernet ports for all the others, where we will make them all more powerful, faster or - just better

appliance-box

They are already here, but we have not gone round to launch our new shop and do the official announcement, yet. That will come shortly, but in the meantime I wanted to share the excitement that I am feeling about this with you!


Today, we have updated IPFire on AWS to IPFire 2.21 - Core Update 126 - the latest official release of IPFire.

This update brings you of course all the features that come with this new version and helps you to avoid updating a newly installed system.

Go to IPFire on AWS

Every image that we provide has to be tested and approved by Amazon which is a long and manual process. Since IPFire has a great update mechanism, it is not necessary to do this for every single release since all installations can be updated as usual.

But from time to time, we are going to release a new image so that fewer updates have to be installed. The original release was based on IPFire 2.21 - Core Update 124 and in version 126 a new kernel has been shipped which makes this update a little bit larger than usual.

This way, any new instance of IPFire in the cloud is available to use a little bit quicker allowing you more time to spend on how to secure up the rest of your infrastructure.

For all customers that are already running on the latest image, there is nothing to do here but to make sure that you have all updates installed on your instance so that everything is up to date and secure.


Launching IPFire on AWS

by Michael Tremer, October 6, Updated November 1

Today, we are launching IPFire on the Amazon Cloud, our first IPFire Appliance in the Cloud.

For everyone, who is already using IPFire in their own data centers, their offices or branches, figuring out AWS is now over. You can now run IPFire as you know it in the Cloud. Using all features as you are used to them and configure them easily through the IPFire web user interface.

Hosting infrastructure in the cloud is becoming more and more important for almost all businesses. It gives you flexibility to grow without a large financial commitment in the beginning and loads of technical features that are expensive to implement in your own data center.

AWS

Amazon is the market leader in the cloud business for years, offering a system that has by far the most advanced features. Anything is possible - given a generous budget. But with that large feature set, it is hard to configure this complex system and very often a simpler solution would have done the job.

IPFire is a lot easier to configure and offers powerful features for the cloud without requiring to be an expert on AWS:

In the Cloud, IPFire grows with you

IPFire runs on smallest hardware as well as on large rack-mounted appliances. It works the same in the cloud!

Starting with a small instance that costs only a few dollars a month to run, you can grow to a large instance that handles gigabits of traffic if you need to. On AWS, 10G and 25G interfaces are supported.

Use IPFire’s powerful set of features

IPFire comes with IPsec and OpenVPN on board making it perfect to securely connect your office, employees or IoT equipment to the cloud giving it access to all internal services you are hosting.

Firewall rules are quickly and easily configured and with the IPFire Intrusion Prevention System, you will find and block any malicious attackers.

See some more examples on the detailed product page.

IPFire is versatile

While setting up IPFire in the cloud, you can grow your business and infrastructre. When ever you decide to leave AWS, you can just backup your configuration and take it with you to the new place.

Whether that would be an on-premise appliance or another AWS region is entirely up to you. Migration is easy and done within minutes.

Try it out today

We have compiled comprehensive documenation on how to set up IPFire on AWS that doesn’t require you to be an expert at all. We also give you a free trial.

What are you waiting for? Try out IPFire on AWS today!


IPFire Nano Box - The First Prototypes

by Michael Tremer, September 10, Updated December 12

Having announced our upcoming product, the IPFire Nano Box, we are now opening the next chapter on the journey of it. The first prototypes have been tested and verified and here is an exclusive sneak peek!

ipfire-nano-board

This is the base board of the IPFire Nano Box with an LTE module plugged in. You can see the green connection board at the far end with various inputs and outputs for power, console, GPIO, and many more. Right at the front are the two Fast Ethernet adapters which have already been verified to achieve maximum throughput.

It has a Quad-Core Cortex-A7 processor with 1.2 GHz clock speed, 512MB of memory and 8GB storage for the IPFire operating system.

We are proud that we have built a custom solution for our customers who need an IoT sized appliance and designing and producing the whole design on our own was an amazing experience so far.

But it isn’t over, yet! There are some final touches to come before we are sending this into production. Stay tuned!

Update: Unfortunately IPFire Nano Box won’t be available. Read more about this here.


Announcing IPFire Nano Box - Our First ARM-based Appliance

by Michael Tremer, May 30, 2018, Updated November 1

We are proud to announce our first ARM-based appliance: The IPFire Nano Box

This small and versatile system will be our latest addition to our professional IPFire Appliance line and will make IPFire ready to deployed on the Internet of Things as well as in smallest locations like a remote working office or in industrial plants.

Together with our hardware parter TX-Team, and with input from many customers, we have designed this new appliance. For the first time, we layouted and are manufacturing the whole baseboard from scratch for an optimal firewall product and also to be able to act as cost-efficient as possible.

The proud result is up to our highest standards in performance, easy handling, versatile deployment where ever our customers need it, maximum extensibility for many different tasks and of course security.

In the weeks to come, I would like to tell you the stories behind our new product and how it came to be. It has been a long journey and we have invested so much effort and thought into creating this for you and - to us - many of those are worth sharing.

Although this is the smallest of all products, in some ways, it is the greatest.

The IPFire Nano Box

The IPFire Nano Box provides connectivity wherever needed and wherever possible. It has two Fast Ethernet ports and an optional WiFi and LTE/3G module.

A quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor has enough power to run multiple secure IPsec or OpenVPN connections to your company’s headquarter or data center where connected IoT applications can send their data to. It can also be used in places where our IPFire Duo Box is too large and where only limited performance is needed. For example to provide connectivity via DSL or 4G and WiFi for a remote worker at home.

Wherever the IPFire Nano Box is deployed, it provides the full range of functionality that the IPFire Distribution has which is much more than what most 4G or DSL routers provide. And of course using one software everywhere makes many things a lot easier, too!

In the basic configuration, the power consumption is only 2 watts which will allow the IPFire Nano Box to be battery-powered over a long time as well.

It is wrapped in an industrial aluminium case in a small form-factor, passively cooled of course and IP50 proof. Surrounding temperatures between zero and 60°C are not a problem and its wide-band voltage input of 12-24V allow deploying the system even under difficult circumstances.

As soon as we have released the product, we will also release our designs, plans and mockups as Open Hardware for everyone to audit and review. With this, we will provide you with a 100% transparent system on which you can build other applications if you want to.

Register Your Interest

We have just completed the prototyping stage of this new hardware and mass-production is starting soon. Since we have already received huge interest about our product in the conversations with our customers over the phone, we are excited to keep you updated about the status.

If you would like to know more about the IPFire Nano Box, or register your interest, please get in touch with our sales team at sales@lightningwirelabs.com.