Internet Speed and Performance



  • Hi everyone. I am having some issues with pfSense's internet speed performance.

    I have from my ISP a Gig connection but only seem to get 300Mbps down and 30Mbps up.

    Of course my ISP blames my non ISP device. Below are the specs of what I have. and a speed test I did from the pfSense.

    Is this hardware I/O and I just need to upgrade my pfSense box?

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  • That's a pretty weak CPU. I'd first eliminate pfSense and connect a computer straight to the ISP connection and do a speed test and see if you get close to a gig.

    Also, what kind of results do you get if you do a speed test on a computer behind your pfSense? What packages are you running?



  • Thanks and I'll be testing this tonight.

    It really hasn't been an issue till they upgraded me from a 150Mbps connection to a Gig link and now I'm seeing this issue.

    So bottom line this device most likely has to go.

    Would something like this box be a better solution?

    https://www.amazon.ca/Q190g4-S02-barebone-J1900-Quad-Core-puissance-industrielle-Qotom-q190g4-s02/dp/B06ZZ2YB76/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=qotom&qid=1593719422&sr=8-6

    or an i3 or an i5 processor

    Resisting a Champaign taste with a beer budget ;)



  • Also I have no additional plugins installed and my CPU has never gone over 10% utilization.



  • @swinn said in Internet Speed and Performance:

    That's a pretty weak CPU. [...]

    I am using the same CPU in my setup with a 400MBit symmetrical line and it peaks at 25 percent usage, averaging at less than 5 percent.

    RE0 is the WAN interface, em0 is LAN.

    re0@pci0:1:0:0: class=0x020000 card=0xd6258086 chip=0x816810ec rev=0x06 hdr=0x00
        vendor     = 'Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.'
        device     = 'RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller'
        class      = network
        subclass   = ethernet
    em0@pci0:5:0:0: class=0x020000 card=0x11078086 chip=0x10088086 rev=0x02 hdr=0x00
        vendor     = 'Intel Corporation'
        device     = '82544EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)'
        class      = network
        subclass   = ethernet
    

    I'd first eliminate pfSense and connect a computer straight to the ISP connection and do a speed test and see if you get close to a gig.

    A good idea nonetheless ☺


  • Netgate Administrator

    Yeah, testing from pfSense itself is not a good test. Always test through the firewall if you can.

    The D525 will not pass 1Gbps but it should do ~500Mbps given the correct test conditions, ~650Mbps if it has Intel NICs.

    If your WAN is PPPoE you will be restricted by that additionally.

    Steve


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