PCI-E Wireless inteface
Hi, I would like to add wireless to my pfsense box, but I only have a PCI-E slot available. Can anyone recommend a good (and by "good" i mean "cheap" of course) Wireless card that would be supported? I had a look at the list of supported hardware but I was finding it hard to figure out which ones I could find with PCI-E. Anyone doing something similar?
A retail computer shop near where I live lists 11 PCI wireless cards (from $16) and 1 PCIe wireless card ($98).
Are you open to using a USB wireless NIC? There are some which support Access Point mode (from $16).
Another option (for cheap) would be to get an external wireless AP (from $30) and a PCIe NIC (from $30).
You might well find better deals in your area or online, but likely PCIe won't be cheap.
I'm not looking for jsut any ole PCIE wireles card, I'm looking for something that I know pfSense will support. I was thinking of going the route of the external AP and a regular NIC, will there be a difference in performance? And how does a USB NIC compare?
It depends on what you want. For example, if you want 802.11n, an external AP is currently your only option.
Happy to go with G. I'm not looking for anything fancy, just stable.
I've had good results for casual usage from a TP-Link TL-WN321G and a Tenda W311U around my steel frame two floor 200sq mtr house supporting up to 4 wireless clients. These are supported from pfSense 1.2.3 and pfSense 2.0 (respectively). I have not stressed either by trying sustained bulk transfers.
Neither of these will be suitable if you need an external antenna for any reason.