Multiple ethernet port on 10GBe Port



  • I have a custom hardware for pfSense which have 2 10GbE and 2 1GB network adapters.

    I also have a QNAP NAS with Port Trunking (where you can combine 4 ethernet ports into one for parallel and faster networking). Port Trunking works perfectly.

    Can I get a 5 port 10Gbe switch (or some splitter or something) where I connect the 4 ethernet port of QNAP to the switch/splitter and then connect this switch or splitter to PfSense 10Gbe Port.

    Would it work? Currently I get 50MB/sec read/write which is very slow considering my QNAP NAS and networking equipment. Trying to fix the problem. I'm open to all suggestions.

    My QNAP: TVS1282
    My hardware: Supermicro SYS-E200-8D Intel Xeon D-1528, 6-Core, 2x10GbE LAN Mini-ITX 1U Server (32GB RAM,1TB HDD)


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Generally link aggregation only works with like-speed interfaces. All 10GB, all 1GB, etc.

    LAGG to the 4 1GB interfaces on the QNAP with one or two 10GB on pfSense would probably be what you want.

    Though I don't quite get why you would want that kind of bandwidth to your firewall. LAN hosts would be a bigger concern for connectivity to your NAS. Switching is where that speed will be found, of the QNAP can even keep up.



  • Can you tell me a little bit about best practice for LAGG here? 4x 1GB ethernet to a switch and then connect it to 10GbE port of PfSense?

    My NAS should be able to read/write around 100MB/sec. Best case I get half of it. Thats why I want to do some LAGG, port trunking etc to speed up network connection speed.

    Also if you know any good switch for my case, please let me know. Thank you


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Why do you care about NAS throughput to your edge firewall?



  • What do you mean? NAS is connected to the pfSense firewall and thats the way I want it to be, so data in NAS will be secured and I will have some good controls over it's network and its activities and who's accessing it via pfSense.



  • Would it work? Currently I get 50MB/sec read/write which is very slow considering my QNAP NAS and networking equipment. Trying to fix the problem. I'm open to all suggestions.

    if you don't get around 100MB/s when 1 wire is connected, then you won't go any faster by connecting more wires.
    so: figure out why your only get half the speed you should. it's either limited on the nas or you pfsense can't keep up or your clients can't keep up



  • I tried direct Ethernet from my laptop to pfSense and pfSense is directly connected to NAS. Still same. What am I missing? Cables matter ? or its pfSense config issue?



  • I also did all these:
    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=71949.msg431494#msg431494

    Got a little bit faster connection, but still not what I want



  • @iTestAndroid:

    What do you mean? NAS is connected to the pfSense firewall and thats the way I want it to be, so data in NAS will be secured and I will have some good controls over it's network and its activities and who's accessing it via pfSense.

    Do you mean to say that the NAS is on a separate network than your internal users?

    If the NAS is on the same network as your users, then all traffic forwards at the switch level and shouldn't be affected by pfSense.


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