Dual Port Adapter vs. onboard



  • I have an Intel PRO/ 1000 PT port Adapter and a Realtek RTL8111GR onboard.

    As I have a switch in my setup I only need 2 ports from the 3 available.

    What are the recommended ports for 1Gbit throughput?
    Shell I exclusively use both ports from the Intel Dual adapter for WAN and LAN as well (and potentially disabling the onboard realtek) or it would be better/ faster to use 1 of the port of the the Intel NIC for WAN and the onboard realtek for LAN (or vice versa)?



  • @olympia:

    I have an Intel PRO/ 1000 PT port Adapter and a Realtek RTL8111GR onboard.

    As I have a switch in my setup I only need 2 ports from the 3 available.

    What are the recommended ports for 1Gbit throughput?
    Shell I exclusively use both ports from the Intel Dual adapter for WAN and LAN as well (and potentially disabling the onboard realtek) or it would be better/ faster to use 1 of the port of the the Intel NIC for WAN and the onboard realtek for LAN (or vice versa)?

    FreeBSD has lousy realtek drivers, so you're always better off avoiding realtek NICs on pfsense. A pcie dual port adapter has sufficient bus bandwidth to run both ports at full speed, so there's no reason not to use those.



  • Thank you for the extremely quick feedback on this VAMike!

    I am aware of the realtek view, I have read your discussion on this the other day (https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=123462.0).
    So this question definitely didn't mean to be an intel vs. realtek topic, I was more concerned that using both port of the intel dual port adapter will have some speed limitation vs. using both intel and oboard NIC.

    So thanks for answering this in the second part of your feedback. If the Intel can handle both ports at full speed without any limitation/ drawback, then I am happy to ditch the onboard realtek for sure.