Quad port network card



  • Thinking about plugging one of these Intel E1G44HTBLK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106050 into a superMicro MBD-X7SPE-HF board http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/ATOM/ICH9/X7SPE.cfm?typ=H&IPMI=Y

    Anyone had any positive or negative experiences using this card with pfSense?



  • It won't work, not without compiling a driver and copying it to your box.



  • I can work my way around a linux type system, however, I don't know the first thing about compiling drivers. I imagine compiling drivers is rather difficult.

    I am trying to find a quad port NIC card and understand why the E1G44HT may be more trouble than it's worth because it has the Intel 82580.

    From the hardware compatibility list I found that 82571 is supported.

    The em(4) driver supports Gigabit Ethernet adapters based on the Intel 82540, 82541ER, 82541PI, 82542, 82543, 82544, 82545, 82546, 82546EB, 82546GB, 82547, 82571, 82572 and 82573 controller chips

    Would this card work since it has the 82571 processor? http://www.supermicro.com/products/accessories/addon/AOC-UG-i4.cfm I have a superMicro Atom board. I did not see any other quad port NICs on NewEgg that may work other than the Intel EXPI9404PT, which is right at $400.



  • That card will work but you won't be able to fit it into a case.  That's a UIO card, something SuperMicro came up with.  It's a PCI-e x8 card with everything on the opposite side of the card as normal.

    If you're running pfSense 2.0, cards based on the 82576 will also work (PRO/1000 ET Quad).

    In either case, have you considered hitting up eBay for the real Intel cards?  They tend to go for about 40% of retail (not off, of).



  • @jasonlitka:

    That card will work but you won't be able to fit it into a case.  That's a UIO card, something SuperMicro came up with.  It's a PCI-e x8 card with everything on the opposite side of the card as normal.

    If you're running pfSense 2.0, cards based on the 82576 will also work (PRO/1000 ET Quad).

    In either case, have you considered hitting up eBay for the real Intel cards?  They tend to go for about 40% of retail (not off, of).

    Hi jasonlitka. Thanks for the information. eBay is definitely an option, however, I am still trying to figure out what card is both compatible with pfSense, my mobo, and will fit inside the SuperMicro 502L-200B chassis. I spoke to SuperMicro tech support today and they advised no card would work with my setup which is a X7SPA-HF mobo. I believe this is due to the size of the mobo which is 6.75" x 6.75". Not the necessary 7.5" x 6.75" X7SPE type mobo needed for a card to set properly.

    I don't want to pony up $$$ for another mobo. Any suggestions to get a card working with my setup?



  • The size of the motherboard doesn't really have anything to do with it, not unless your case was designed to fit only cards that are the same or smaller than the mobo.  In any case, I'm not sure it matters, both the LP PT & ET cards are ~6.6" long, and that case says it supports up to a "half-length" card, which traditionally has meant ~6.75".


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