Reinstalling pfSense Plus Software

  1. Please open a TAC ticket to request access to the Plus firmware by selecting Firmware Access as the General Problem and then select Netgate 3100 for the platform. Make sure to include the serial number in the ticket to expedite access.

    Once the ticket is processed, the latest stable version of the firmware will be attached to the ticket, with a name such as:



    pfSense® Plus is preinstalled on Netgate appliances, which is optimally tuned for Netgate hardware and contains features that cannot be found elsewhere, such as ZFS Boot Environments, OpenVPN DCO, and the AWS VPC Wizard.

  2. Write the image to a USB memstick. Locating the image and writing it to a USB memstick is covered in detail under Writing Flash Drives.

  3. Connect to the console port of the Netgate device.

  4. Insert the memstick into the USB port and boot the system.


    The best practice is to turn off the device, insert the USB memstick, confirm console access, and boot the device.

    Starting the recovery process requires interrupting the boot process very soon after the boot process begins.

  5. When prompted, press any key to stop the autoboot process.

  6. Type run recovery at the Marvell>> prompt and press Enter.

  7. Enter the destination device or press the Enter key to accept the default value.



    The onboard eMMC flash memory is always mmcsd0. If a M.2 SATA drive is installed in either slot, it will be ada0.


    Only one M.2 SATA slot can be populated with a storage device. The device does not support two M.2 SATA drives installed simultaneously.

  8. Type y then press the Enter key to confirm the choice.

  9. Once the install has completed, remove the memstick and press any key to reboot.


See also

For information on restoring from a previously saved configuration, go to Backup and Restore.