SFP network cards?
roroeow7 last edited by
I'm building a machine to use as a pfSense firewall and I need to connect it to a single mode fiber (LX). As such, i'm looking for some nic's with SFP cages that will allow any optics to be used. Ideally 2 or 4 ports. Turns out, it seems quite difficult to find those, so I was wondering if i can use a SFP+ NIC with SFP optics and if anybody has any experience with NICs that will work on pfsense with SFP optics and 2 ports. Btw, it needs to be pci-e.
This might help you find one:-
Intel NICs are still the first choice here. The Chelsio cards also work well though if you don't need 10G they are probably overkill.
tman222 last edited by tman222
SFP modules should generally work on SFP+ cards (and just operate at 1Gbit speeds), but I'm sure there are some exceptions out there (e.g. SFP+ cards that only support 10Gbit and not 1/10Gbit). I'd take a look around first and see if you can find a good SFP card (though there is a decent chance it will be used, e.g. check out Ebay). If not, consider just getting a SFP+ card and using SFP modules (there should be more availability and ability to buy new if you want). As @stephenw10 already mentioned, both Intel and Chelsio cards work very well with FreeBSD (and hence pfSense).
Hope this helps.