Adding a network card



  • Hello,

    I have pfsense and it has been running flawlessly for many years.

    Problem is the two network cards are 10/100 only.

    So, I bought a 10/100/1000 card, shut down pfsense and plugged it in with the original two and turned it back on.

    When I go to Interfaces > (assign) I don't see it in the available ports.

    The GB network card is a no name but it has the RTL81659SC by Realtek.

    Is there something I am doing wrong?



  • Yeah, you installed a Realtek NIC….....by choice.



  • Thank you for your reply but it is not very helpful.

    I assume what you are saying is pfsense does not support Realtek?

    I searched the forums and googled for compatible NIC's and did not find anything.

    Can someone please tell me what 1GB PCI NIC's are compatible?



  • OK, I did some more googling and thought I would share it.

    So in terms of hardware compatibility I found this on the pfsense website:

    "As pfSense is based on FreeBSD, its hardware compatibility list is the same as FreeBSD's. "

    And there is a link to that website here:

    https://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.3R/hardware.html

    So I checked out my card (which my part number was wrong in the first posting) and it is an RTL8169SC which is in the compatibility list.

    Now I realize that some people may not like Realtek but shouldn't pfsense at least recognize it?


  • Rebel Alliance

    It "should" detect/recognize

    Check/test with other OS

    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=126946.0



  • Well the card works as I plugged it into my desktop PC and am using it now.

    So, I will try it again in pfsense when I get a chance.



  • I searched the forums and googled for compatible NIC's and did not find anything.

    Can someone please tell me what 1GB PCI NIC's are compatible?

    Every 20th tip (felt) here is ending or holding something about, take Intel if you can instead over the Realtek once.

    Used or refurbished once from the eBay might running well for 10 Euros.