Quad port nic



  • I am planning on converting a Dell Optiplex GX280 PC into a Pfsense router.
    Included in this system would be a pci-e quad port nic, if possible.
    I think that I need some guidance in selecting this nic, however. There are several that I am considering; but are they compatible? I am listing some of these nics. If anyone could offer some experience or knowledge on these listed items or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

    .Intel I350-T4 PCI-Express PCI-E Four RJ45 Gigabit Ports Server Adapter NIC

    .EXPI9404PTG2L20 - Intel Pro/1000 PT Quad GbE PCIEx4 SP Server Adapter

    .Dell Intel Pro/1000 VT Quad Port Server Adapter PCI-E x4 10/100/1000 H092P

    .Intel Pro/1000 PT Quad Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter D64202



  • .Intel I350-T4 PCI-Express PCI-E Four RJ45 Gigabit Ports Server Adapter NIC

    .EXPI9404PTG2L20 - Intel Pro/1000 PT Quad GbE PCIEx4 SP Server Adapter

    Both would be great if we know more about the network scenario and use case.



  • Thanks.
    I am just building a simple home router with hope that it will be better than what I have now.



  • I think any of those will do well for you.  Older Intel chipset NICs (not necessarily made by Intel) are cheap and effective.  I've used NICs from HP, IBM, Dell, and Intel, and all were fine.  For reference I'm currently running an older HP dual NIC based on the Intel 82571EB chipset and it's been flawless.  Older hardware will draw a bit more power, but otherwise is comparable for a home user (or even an enterprise user in the 1Gbps market).  And since you're in a desktop form factor, a few extra watts probably aren't at the top of your priority list.


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