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Sophos Firewall Home

Sophos Firewall Home is a free, non-commercial Software version of Sophos Firewall for Home, Laboratory, and educational use. It has the same features as Sophos Firewall Appliances.

Consolidation of answers to frequently asked questions in the community.


Home Edition is limited to the following

  • 4 cores
  • 6GB RAM

Anything more than the above won’t be utilized.

  • No Built-in WIFI Access Point
  • For Sophos Firewall devices, the Inbuilt wireless function isn’t supported by the home user license
  • Does not support UEFI Bios
  • No Support from the Sophos Technical Team

Central Management

  • Home users can only store seven days of Report Data and can’t import/Export

Hardware Requirements

  • Intel Compatible Computer with Dual NIC
  • Quad-Core
  • 6GB of Ram
  • 120 GB of Disk
  • Minimum of two (2) NICs for LAN & WAN and not intel i219 /i225 series NICs
  • Bios Set to Legacy bios (CSM)

Links & Guides

Where to Download

Creating a bootable

Installation Guide

Sophos Firewall: Best practices

SFP Compatibility List

Available interface speed

  • 10 Mbps - Full duplex
  • 10 Mbps - Half duplex
  • 100 Mbps - Full duplex
  • 100 Mbps - Half duplex
  • 1000 Mbps - Full duplex
  • 1000 Mbps - Half duplex

Backup Compatibility 

Queries & Known Issues

Can I install my License

For 3rd-Party Hardware

  • Yes, you can install a Home or Business license
  • Any Version

For Sophos Firewall hardware

  • Yes, however, you must either replace or reformat the disk.
  • Any Version

ISO difference

  • HW - Dedicated hardware for Firewall models
  • SW - Any platform such as simulators, hyper V, Virtual box, VMWare etc

Note: For XGS hardware, this won’t install/run/work, even with replacing the SSD

Can I install v19.5 & V20 Firmware

  • Yes, you can install any version

Can’t access GUI

  • Check NIC Port Assignment for LAN & WAN (randomize)

Can I connect an AP controller

  • Yes, but it’ll need to be set up as LAN Zone and not Wireless

Can I transfer my Sophos Home License 

  • Unfortunately, no. As a workaround, kindly get a new Serial number and do a restore/backup.

External Resources

Changed the i210 as not supported to I219
[edited by: rfcat_vk at 6:04 AM (GMT -7) on 11 May 2024]
  • Hi Everyone. Anyone have any clue why I cant get this going on a TINY PC that only allows UEFI. I have tried USB and CD Install. i tried on a dell optiplex as well that had different issues. the Tiny PC ran PFSense and others for years but need Sophos for LAB Purpose so I dont break anything at work. 

    The CD Loads, I select sophos and then the screen just sits at blank until the end of time, i left it hours.

    I finally got it going on a Spare HP DL360 G9 but it has fans and is to loud sometimes.

    Any Suggestions?

  • Easiest way is to virtualize It, either with ESXi or Proxmox.

    Sophos Firewall doesn't support boot over UEFI only, and It doesn't have a lot of support for new NIC's chipset.

    If a post solves your question use the 'Verify Answer' button.

    Ryzen 5600U + I226-V (KVM) v20 MR1 @ Home

    XG 115w Rev.3 8GB RAM v19.5 MR3 @ Travel Firewall

  • Thank you for the info. would be nice if they mentioned it somewhere and at this rate this product will be phased out when everything is EFI only. I have a device for this purpose and didn't want to virtualize. I prefer it to be a single device as I change my virtual setup all the time. Thank you for the information and you have a Great Day/Weekend

  • If you need to run the firewall bare metal, look into one of the fanless Qotom firewall devices on Amazon/Ali express that use the Intel i211 network chipset.

    Or even a used Sophos SG/XG firewall appliance off eBay such as the SG/XG 125/135

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