Hardware/NIC



  • i am planning to use my old gateway gt5408. https://www.cnet.com/products/gateway-gt5408-core-2-duo-e4300-1-8-ghz-1-gb-320-gb/specs/only upgrade on it is i added either 1/2 a gig or 1 gig ram. i dont have enough ethernet ports on it so i have to get a NIC card, can anyone recomend a good NIC card for what i want to do.

    id like to turn this pc into pfsence router, and have a built in vpn for whole network wired and wirless. my switch is unmaged and currently have my netgear wndr4500, as my AP, hooked directly to the switch. can i still have wirless vpn with this current config or would i need a 2 port NIC card, one port for my switch and the other for the AP

    Can all of this be done using my old pc or is it not powerful enough?



  • …..i dont have enough ethernet ports on it so i have to get a NIC card, can anyone recommend a good NIC card for what i want to do.

    • Intel i340-T2 or T4
    • Intel i350-T2 or T4
    • Intel 1000/Pro PT dual or quad port

    But you might be also able to work with VLANs and less LAN ports too if you want! You may add a small 5 port or 8 port
    Switch that is capable to manage and support VLANs, that's it.



  • i already have a 24 port unmanaged switch that i just bought a few months ago, is there any way to still vpn the wifi using an unmanaged switch or will it work with my AP connected directly to the router.


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    VPN doesn't need a managed switch.

    You only need a managed switch that supports VLANs if you want to do it all with only one NIC on your router.


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