PCI Multiple Port NIC card compatibility?



  • I am attempting to install pfSense into a 1U rack based system that has no onboard Ethernet NIC on the motherboard.  I have space for one PCI NIC card through the riser in the system, and I have two cards that I could possibly use for this:

    1.  Adaptec ANA-6922 Dual NIC 10/100 PCI Ethernet
    2.  ZNYX 4-Port 10/100Mbps PCI Ethernet Adapter ZX346Q (this appears on the HCL for pfSense, but I can't seem to get it to work….?)

    The ZNYX card is installed in the unit, and I attempted the pfSense install from CDROM, but it doesn't seem to be recognizing the card (no LINK lights are showing for any connected networks).  The Adaptec card hasn't arrived yet, so I can't test that one.

    Can anyone tell me if they have had any luck with these cards, and if neither will work can you recommend a PCI Ethernet Network card with multiple ports on it that will work with pfSense?  Dual or better will work for me.

    Thanks
    V



  • Hi,

    I know nothing about those two cards but I have two of this; http://www.roc-noc.com/product.php?productid=55&cat=0&page=1
    Works like a charm in my box running the latest 1.3-AA and 1.2.1-RC, both are FBSD-7.0 based.

    cheers,



  • This card 'works' - In fact I'm about to sell one on e-bay.

    D-Link DFE-580TX Quad NIC PCI Card
    http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=10393

    But you only realy need one decent 1 port NIC if you go down the vlan route.
    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,11913.0.html



  • @nocer:

    I know nothing about those two cards but I have two of this; http://www.roc-noc.com/product.php?productid=55&cat=0&page=1
    Works like a charm in my box running the latest 1.3-AA and 1.2.1-RC, both are FBSD-7.0 based.

    Mine is much the same as that card functionally.  Did you have to do anything with the installation CDROM in order to get it to work?  Mine is listed on the HCL, but I think I have to do something to FreeBSD to enable the drivers to work for it.

    V



  • Hi,

    Nope. Just plug it into the PCI and boot. That's all. No special care, trick taken. The kernel included in the liveCD has almost every nic drivers are hard coded, it must have dc(ZYNX utilizes fairly popular 21143) driver as well.  If you try "pciconf -lv" in the shell, do you see anything seems to be related to that card?

    Anyway, I still recommend IN/G44V from Mikrotik, which known to work pretty damn good, and it's only $99.

    cheers,



  • I own a couple of the DLINK's QUAD Server Class NIC 570TX card and it works great with PFSense 1.2.1 and plenty of em on sale on EBAY.

    The second card is just a spare in case it blows up.



  • I've installed SUN QuadFast on a normal PCI slot and recognizes as hme[0-3]. Dirty cheap on ebay, like $10 each. Works on Linux too.


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