What are XG home license limits?

Does someone know if there are any limitations to home license besides hardware cap and non-business usage ? For example if I can activate more than one devices with my Sophos ID ?

I'm asking because my devices is already "in production state" - I mean it serves as a home router and now I have limited possibility to test things out. It would be nice if I could use the license on a VM for testing.

  • You can try to activate the second instance but if I remember correctly from beta, it doesn't activate. They have changed a few things in this final release so it may be different. However, you can generate another serial number www.sophos.com/.../sophos-xg-firewall-home-edition.aspx and use it for your vm.
  • In reply to Billybob:

    I think you can get only a single serial number for one Sophos ID. I checked but it just moved me to my account where I can check the serial I was given after first registeration.
  • Hi Slawski. The home use license will work on either 3rd party hardware or in a virtual environment. Provided you stick within the terms (i.e. home use) then you can have more than one registered under the same Sophos ID as Billbob suggested. However, if you encounter a problem getting the second serial, make sure you are logged out of Sophos ID/MySophos prior to completing your second request.
  • In reply to PaulWarren:

    Thanks Paul - I have successfully generated the second S/N. Of course I'm running the software at home to keep my kids from viewing inappropriate content and limit their Internet use. The second instance helps me test things out before I implement them on the router.
  • In reply to PaulWarren:

    So it's not possible to use Home license for XG appliances (ex. XG 85)?
    Thank you.
  • In reply to PavelMoulis:


    It is possible, I've just done It.


    If any one still interested I can write some How to.


    Best Regards 


  • In reply to Patryk Sidor:


    please share the procedure. I am going to try on XG 105.


  • In reply to lferrara:



    Procedure for installing Home Licensee on Sophos XG 85.


    Ok, for the start What we have and What we need.


    1. We have:


    Hardware Appliance with: Intel Atom Baytrail Dual Core (1.33 GHz), 2 GB DDR3, 8 GB eMMC, 2x USB, 1x COM RJ45.


    We don’t have:


    Graphic interface like VGA port, Bigger drive, any tutorial how clean and write other software than that dedicated for Hardware Appliance.


    2. We need:


    Drive that has at least 10GB or more of space, it's the minimum amount  of space for installation of Home appliances, Graphic interface to see what we're doing (Serial cable, RJ45 to COM or USB port), some installation media such as USB drive or pen-drive (I use the firmware SFOS 17.0.5 MR-5).


    Let’s start from the beginning - Hardware.


    The hardware appliance is a micro computer, on board we have one cpu unit, one bios integrated circuit, one eMMC circuit, one BIOS battery and… One SATA port and one four PIN power port like in Floppy drive.


    On other post One write that we must erase a whole drive to install the software appliance but question is how ? 

    Maybe there is other way to achieve this with DD, some linux distro…  I try this but I always have some issue to do that right, So we use standard installation media.


    Procedure to install Home Appliance.


    1. Turn of your hardware appliance, disconnect power cord from power connector.
    2. Open your hardware appliance (there are 2 screws on both sides and two on the bottom), connect SATA drive (HDD or SSD) to SATA connector and use adapter to connect power to the drive. Do not short-circuit anything, use some glue for a drive or tape.
    3. Close the housing.
    4. Connect RJ45_COM->COM cable to your PC or MacBook and to hardware appliance - COM port settings are: 







    6. Use „putty” in Windows or „Serial” and connect to power off appliance, you will see black screen - don’t worry :) next, connect AC power to appliance. Power ON appliance and fast press couple of times F2 key to enter the BIOS.


    7. Next one, ensure your BIOS settings are the same as mine, the most important thing is boot setting and hard drive settings.

    8. The couple screens will show a different setting on my appliance that you need on yours appliance to install Home version. 


    Go to: Boot menu -> Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities


    Change Boot Option #1 -> Boot from your second installed drive, mine is WD3200BEKT

    Boot Option #2 -> Disabled. We will be booting our hardware appliance from USB drive installation media. 



    On main BOOT menu disable option „boot from MMC - sem08G” because we don’t wan’t  to boot from main drive. Disable all other boot option. On the first position nable boot from USB installation media. Save settings and reboot. 



    9. After boot process complete you will be asked if you want to install Sophos XG appliance, the warning message will appear that all data on all drives will be deleted. The first driver for installation will be your eMMC drive - it's OK, and the one will be drive that you installed. You will be asked you are sure to delete all data - YES :)


    10. After installation process the appliance will be restarted - his F2 key to enter BIOS, change boot order as you see on my „Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities” screen and „main BOOT” screen.


    11. The Hardware Appliance will boot with Home Appliance version. You have to register the appliance like always with your Home Appliance Key that was send to your e-mail. If you see an error that appliance has some problems after paste a key na hit the register couple of time, check register later.


    12. Have Fun, and remember everything you do you are doing on your risk. Don’t use such appliance in production environment it's illegal !!! This is made only for test and education environments !!!

  • In reply to Patryk Sidor:

    It should be clearly understood from the procedure, but in case it's not - Modifying the hardware or the BIOS will void any warranty remaining on the hardware, and other than voluntary help from other users in these forums, you shouldn't expect any support on the system, after modifying it as described here. Also, remember that the home use license is not licensed for use in anything beyond personal use, in a home network.

    Beyond that, happy hacking :)

  • In reply to AlanT:

    Hello AllanT,

    If you have read my article carefully you would know that I mentioned about licensing. I mentioned that this is only for home users that bought a hardware and they want to have fully functional version of UTM or for users that bought this hardware from secondhand for making  a lab for his/her students. I really don’t see anything wrong with making a lab for students using real hardware, in the near future, think about it, what they recommend to buy in theirs companies ? When they now UTM’s from Sophos.

    Best regards


  • In reply to Patryk Sidor:

    While I like your workaround, the one thing that I will always applaud sophos for is their generous home license. Also, unlike UTM, they don't use any watermarks or limitations associated with home license in XG. On smaller appliances, the home license will run happily but at the end of the day, you are messing with their business model. If your appliance is out of warranty and you want to treat it as another hardware, sure go ahead and hack away but still keep in mind, once you go down this road, you are inviting big warning signs like in UTM that will start pointing out that this is for home use only etc. Plus how many people are going to run larger appliances at home?

    I have no problems with UTM style home use warnings but it was nice to run XG like a full licensed product without any watermarks on it. And this action more than likely will force them into doing the same for XG.

    I understand your desire to teach your students and I am not questioning your motives, but once you put this in the wild, its money that you are inadvertently taking from sophos where the chances for abuse are great. Something to think about. Also, home license in the lab to teach others is not the correct application of the license since technically its not home use.

    A 30 day trial license is what you should be using in the lab on your own hardware.

  • In reply to Patryk Sidor:

    Yes, Patryk, I did read your article. It was well written, and reasonably thorough, though it generated some questions, which were sent to me directly. I felt it would be useful to answer those questions once, publicly, rather than respond to privately. 

    To be clear, my intent was not to discourage people from following your article, but to make sure they are properly informed, before they do. 

  • In reply to AlanT:

    I see millions of websites with keygens and alike with a disclaimer that the software hack is for educational purposes only. The intent of the hacker is not a problem, its the end user that abuse the hack that ultimately costs the software writers and others is the problem.

  • In reply to Billybob:


    I really don’t want to start a war what’s wrong what’s good.

    I really love business model of Sophos and I think it’s great to learn how to use and deploy UTM before someone buy it for it’s own Company. After a year of testing in home I recommend of buying 4 UTM’s for Company that I worked for with Full license. So please don’t compare this tutorial and Me to cracks sites. If anybody thinks it’s morally wrong DON’T USE IT AND DON’T DO THIS !!! IF YOU WANT USE THIS TUTORIAL IN ANY ILLEGAL ACTIONS YOU SHOULD COUNT FOR LEGAL CONSEQUENCES.

    End of discussion.


  • In reply to Patryk Sidor:

    I am not starting a war and it is definitely not end of discussion. While I am personally not a reseller, a lot of people's businesses depend on selling hardware appliances. Your hack is not that difficult and I am sure circumventing bios has been done by chinese hackers long time ago. You just put it out in the open for everyone with step by step directions.

    All you have accomplished is to challenge sophos to develop watermarks for their software or use other methods to lock down the bios where the appliance won't boot or worse turn into a brick while attempting bios modifications.

    So yeah... its not End of discussionHuh?