USB ethernet NIC - supported hardware list



  • Hi,
    I'm running pfsense 2.0 with good result, I need to filter traffic from an AccessPoint, if I add a new Ethernet port and connect the ap, should I be able to filter the traffic from and to him, right?

    so what are the models supported by pfsense?

    is there a supported hardware list or some advice?

    I'm looking for a Linksys or Dlink USB NIC are those compatibles?

    thanks in advance! Kindly regards.


  • Netgate Administrator

    If you can possibly use anything else you should do so as usb ethernet can cause problems.
    However if you really have no other options then look at:
    http://www.freebsd.org/releases/8.1R/hardware.html#ETHERNET

    The aue(4), axe(4), cue(4), kue(4) and  rue(4) drivers support an extensive list of USB NICs between them.

    Problems you may have are limited throughput, sometimes dramatically, and the usb device not initialising fast enough causing the interface to disappear.

    Steve



  • A while ago a number of the cheaper USB ethernet interfaces had a maximum USB speed of 12Mbps. I saw some with a stated max USB speed of 480Mbps but, when purchased, reported max USB speed of 12Mbps on both Linux and pfSense/FreeBSD. I suspect some marketing genius advertised them as USB 2.0 (because they worked in USB 2.0 ports) and another marketing genius thought USB 2.0 mean the device was 480Mbps capable.



  • For what it's worth, this user provides a link to a precompiled USB driver that they say is working well.
    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,44659.0.html


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