Linkpro SH-9205RC NIC supported?



  • Dear,

    I've bought a intel d510mo (intem atom n510 dual core) motherboard, 1GB of ram and a 320GB disk to install pfsense at my home.

    The motherboard has a gigabit NIC (for my LAN) and i want to install the Linkpro SH-9205RC for my internet uplinks (1x VDSL, 1x ADSL, 1x cable).  When you take a look in the documentation (SH-9205RC), you'll see that freebsd is supported…

    But...during the install i only see 1 NIC in stead of 4!  And with only one uplink (it doesn't mather in which of the 4 nic ports i put the LAN-cable) it works perfectly, but he doesn't recognise the other 3...

    Looking at phpsysinfo (@ pfsense), i see those 2 nics:

    • re0: RealTek 8168/8168B/8168C/8168CP/8168D/8111B/8111C/8111CP PCIe Gigabit Ethernet (My intel onboard NIC for LAN)
    • rl0: RealTek 8139 10/100BaseTX (the Linkpro SH-9205RC for WAN)

    Can please someone tell me if this card is supported by pfsense/freebsd and, if not, what 4-in-1 card i can use with that single PCI slot so that i can use my 2 other internet connections as well?

    Kris



  • That card is only one interface, but has a built in 4 port switch to it. It will only show up as one interface.

    I'm pretty sure the Intel PRO/1000 MT Quad will work just in pfSense/FreeBSD. You can double check though.



  • @CaseyBlackburn:

    That card is only one interface, but has a built in 4 port switch to it. It will only show up as one interface.

    I'm pretty sure the Intel PRO/1000 MT Quad will work just in pfSense/FreeBSD. You can double check though.

    Oh, so i really got the wrong one…  luckily for me i didn't buy it, but found it in a old computerstore.
    That Intel PRO1000MT Quad looks nice, but quite expensive.  Isn't there something less expensive that has 4x100mbit ports in stead of 4x1000mbit ports?
    VDSL = 20mbit down - 2mbit up
    ADSL = 24mbit down - 3mbit up
    Cable = 30mbit down - 2mbit up

    So gigabit isn't really useful :-)



  • Multiport NICs are generally quite expensive, especially for more than two ports. A possible alternative is a VLAN capable switch with (for example) 1 GigE port and 7 (or more ) 10/100 ports. Some examples:  HP ProCurve 1700-8G, TP-Link TL-SL2210WEB

    With VLANs configured on your pfSense box, the switch effectively "multiples" your single GigE port into 7 10/100 ports.



  • @wallabybob:

    Multiport NICs are generally quite expensive, especially for more than two ports. A possible alternative is a VLAN capable switch with (for example) 1 GigE port and 7 (or more ) 10/100 ports. Some examples:  HP ProCurve 1700-8G, TP-Link TL-SL2210WEB

    With VLANs configured on your pfSense box, the switch effectively "multiples" your single GigE port into 7 10/100 ports.

    Well, right now i'm looking for a dlink 580tx, but i think i have to search well ;)



  • How about the Adaptec ANA-62044?  That's a friendly priced quad nic.
    And it should be supported by freebsd.



  • If you're looking at cards that have PCI-X connectors make sure you note whether they're 5V or 3.3V (or universal).  That motherboard has a 5V slot and a lot of the multi-port PCI-X NICs are 3.3V.

    EDIT:  The Soekris lan1641 is an option.  https://www.soekris.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=93



  • @jasonlitka:

    If you're looking at cards that have PCI-X connectors make sure you note whether they're 5V or 3.3V (or universal).  That motherboard has a 5V slot and a lot of the multi-port PCI-X NICs are 3.3V.

    EDIT:  The Soekris lan1641 is an option.  https://www.soekris.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=93

    Thanks for this advice!  I've took a look for the ANA-62044 (http://sysdoc.doors.ch/ADAPTEC/duralan.pdf) and that one would work…

    • 64-bit bus master PCI v2.1, 3.3 volt and 5.0
    volt supported
    • Compatible with 32-bit PCI 2.1



  • I seriously hope that the power requirement of "5V @ < 3.5A" is an exaggeration.  17.5W for a quad-port 10/100 card is ridiculous.  You should be in the 2-4W range.

    EDIT:  Looking at the picture, it's probably not.  Also make sure that that card will fit in your case, it's pretty large.  I'd still suggest the Soekris card.  it's probably cheaper and it's definitely smaller and has lower power consumption.



  • @jasonlitka:

    I seriously hope that the power requirement of "5V @ < 3.5A" is an exaggeration.  17.5W for a quad-port 10/100 card is ridiculous.  You should be in the 2-4W range.

    Seems to be right : http://www.adaptec.com/en-US/support/_eol/net_duralan/ANA-62044/ (look at product specifications)


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