Question about NIC configuration and dual port NICs



  • Hi, I am setting up my first Pfsense box and have a few questions about NICs. The system I am planning on getting (Dell Poweredge 1950 III) has dual gigabit lan. I planned on having one of these on WAN, and then getting a newtwork card for the output of the LAN. THe other mobo port would be used for the other virtualized systems on that server. Does this make sense? If I were to get a NIC however, it would most likely have 2 ports, so should I just have LAN/WAN on that one card or in the way I described previously. And if I did it the first way, would it make sense and even be possible to take both those ports and plug them into the switch, just so I have double the throughput at that point, or is that pointless? Sorry about all the questions, this is my first time building a router so I just want to make sure its right. Thanks so much!



  • @ethanh100:

    Hi, I am setting up my first Pfsense box and have a few questions about NICs. The system I am planning on getting (Dell Poweredge 1950 III) has dual gigabit lan. I planned on having one of these on WAN, and then getting a newtwork card for the output of the LAN. THe other mobo port would be used for the other virtualized systems on that server. Does this make sense? If I were to get a NIC however, it would most likely have 2 ports, so should I just have LAN/WAN on that one card or in the way I described previously. And if I did it the first way, would it make sense and even be possible to take both those ports and plug them into the switch, just so I have double the throughput at that point, or is that pointless? Sorry about all the questions, this is my first time building a router so I just want to make sure its right. Thanks so much!

    I would just use the dual NIC already on the machine, and get a manageable switch for your VLAN.