Anyone tried Intel D945GCLF(2)?

  • I'm looking for a home solution, my existing router gets flooded once the table is full so when I use torrents or any kind of multi-node protocol, the response becomes sluggish from client to router and I am also getting some traffic spikes which is not cool.

    it's a simple 2Mbit adsl but the router is terrible.

    CLF only has 100 Mbit interface on it, CLF2 has 1000 Mbit. I am not bothered with that, but I need some grounds for upcoming 20/20 Mbit FTTH coming to my house in near future so I want to prepare myself properly. there are 6 home computers, three of them operating constantly (mainly internet browsing and occasional P2P, everything else is offline, like DAW and video edit) + three laptops mainly for browsing and multimedia. laptops connect through WLAN (it will be used through a Netgear WIFI router in AP mode), switch is a 4-port Level One. switch is my latest concern as they are easily available. first I need a decent configuration with as less power consumption as possible.

    any ideas if an Atom is capable of something between 20-50 Mbit on most severe occasions?


  • @gybe:

    The D945GCLF works well using the latest bios (LF_0229), without it you could have acpi and sata issues. Runs also very cool.
    The …GCLF2 works under freebsd 7.2 but i've not tried pfsense on it.

  • I'm using a 945GCLF2 at work and it works fine with pfSense 1.2.3RC2.
    Do update the BIOS or you might have issues with ACPI and some SATA drives.
    It runs just fine even without a BIOS update except with the following quirks:

    • The bootloader won't see a SATA drive on occasion and needs multiple reboots to get it to load once.

    • One of the 4 cores (2 physical + 2 HT) will be permanently loaded by ACPI processes.

    In short, it works well but you should update the BIOS.

    For my machine, I have a 3M/768K line and average CPU load is <1%.
    No packages are running and I'm just using it as a simple router with massive state table, nearly unlimited port forwarding and Traffic Shaping.

    A pfSense rig should suit your needs quite nicely.  They're quite similar to mine when I made the switch to pfSense.
    I used to torrent to the tune of 25,000 connections per machine at home and nothing from Dlink/ Linksys with or without 3rd party firmware would survive for more than 5 minutes.
    At work, I have 30+ computers in a cybercafe and some of the games open up quite a fair number of connections as well.  Easily 500+ active connections per machine.  So far, so good.  The traffic shaper does it's job well and a lot better than with some of the Linux router distros I've tried.