High volume WAP build.. any NIC advise?



  • So…. I'm eyeballing the Intel 7260HMWDTX1 Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 PCIe plus Bluetooth 4.0 AC1200 Wireless adapter
    Here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106192

    Haven't seen much if/any posts on the web regarding pfsense or general freebsd support for this specific NIC, but I figured, hey - it's Intel, so it's probably supported.  Strong emphasis on 'probably'.  Anyone have any experience with this thing and pfSense?  I'm looking to build a stable Captive Portal locked unit that will see between 30 and 50 concurrent connections on average, mixed environment and fairly high throughput.

    Also, generally speaking, do these types of desktop/laptop dual band wifi adapters handle simultaneous 802.11b/g/n/ac mixed mode operation very well?  I'm accustomed to deploying dual radio cisco WAPs, where global performance degradation is not really a concern.  This particular customer is more budget conscious however, but also does not want to sacrifice stability and flexibility.  I will be buying parts soon and doing some testing on my own.

    If I'm barking up the wrong tree with this plan, I'd like to know now.  I don't like the idea of multiple external WAPs for this project, but I suppose if that's the way I need to go then so be it.

    Thanks!

    Dan



  • Ah.. I just read a few posts below.. NO PCIe cards really work well.  They're cheap enough I guess, maybe I'll just buy one anyway and test against the 2.2 beta for grins.

    Dan



  • That card won't work.  In fact, only a few 802.11n cards work and even those will only run at "g" speeds.

    I'd strongly suggest ditching pfSense for your wireless needs and use external access points.



  • DRAT!  Well I bought it on Amazon before I read this reply.  Oh well.  This the case even on ver 2.2?



  • @BeerHat:

    DRAT!  Well I bought it on Amazon before I read this reply.  Oh well.  This the case even on ver 2.2?

    802.11n support should be much better but I believe ac is still out.  Support for wireless is always going to lag the hardware by a lot.  You're better off with an external access point.



  • pfsense has really poor support for wifi, even with 2.2. If you want something that does wifi really well and has AC support try out MikroTik RouterOS, or just buy a stand-alone wireless AP.