Netgate SG-4860 WAN bandwidth 500/500mbps – will it work?



  • I'm looking at upgrading our WAN bandwidth to 500mbps/500mbps and want to make sure that the netgate SG-4860 will handle it.

    We're running

    • three lans (not a lot of routing between them)
    • failover on the WAN; the 500/500 will be the primary, failover will be to a 100/10 circuit
    • very limit openvpn (one or two users)
    • DHCP (on 2 of the 3 lans)
    • Captive portal; click-thru

    before I commit to a 3-year contract on the 500/500 circuit, I want to make sure that the SG4860 can handle it.

    Any input?

    FYI, for those not familiar with the 4860, here are the specs:

    CPU Type: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C2558 @ 2.40GHz
    4 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 4 core(s)
    Hardware crypto: AES-CBC,AES-XTS,AES-GCM,AES-ICM
    Mem: 8MB
    Disk: raided SSD (this is an option)



  • I have a 4860 powering a symmetric 1g connection and have seen nearly 500mb throughput on wireless connections.  I haven't plugged in to really push the limits of our box, but I would think that 500/500 should be no problem for the 4860.  The spec page for it specifically lists gigabit connections.  Be sure to buy from https://store.pfsense.org rather than Netgate directly as more proceeds go to the project this way.

    One parting thought: I would think the total cost of the 500/500 contract would far outweigh the cost of any routing/firewall equipment.  Don't let the cost of 4860 be your guide.  Where are you located?  What ISP?  Curious as to your pricing.


  • Galactic Empire Netgate

    Yes, it will work great. SG-4860 can have up to gigabit throughput.



  • Looks like 500/500 should be easy for the 4860…just ran this on mine.

    Client connecting to iperf.he.net, TCP port 5001
    TCP window size: 65.0 KByte (default)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    [  3] local xxx port 35498 connected with 216.218.227.10 port 5001
    [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
    [  3]  0.0-10.0 sec   869 MBytes   729 Mbits/sec
    

  • Galactic Empire Netgate

    @mhab12:

    Looks like 500/500 should be easy for the 4860…just ran this on mine.

    Client connecting to iperf.he.net, TCP port 5001
    TCP window size: 65.0 KByte (default)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    [  3] local xxx port 35498 connected with 216.218.227.10 port 5001
    [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
    [  3]  0.0-10.0 sec   869 MBytes   729 Mbits/sec
    

    Should be a more. Up to a gigabit.