USB NIC recommendations please



  • I am running pfsense on a spare laptop that has one ethernet jack (intel gigabit). I am looking for recommendations for a USB nic adapter to use.

    Since the onboard is gigabit I will use it for the lan connection. I really only need a fast ethernet dongle as my wan connection doesn't come near 100mbps.

    I bought a cheapo adapter http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00484IEJS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 that so far seems to be working well enough. Its driver is built into the linux kernel so it was compatible out of the box. I think it has an asix board or possibly an asix clone board. Can anyone comment on the reliability of something like this one too?

    This is going to be a home firewall so it isn't going to be under extreme stress. I am going to have probably at most 10 clients connected at any one time with some bittorrent and media server type stuff going on.



  • ASIX chips seem to work well, I've got one USB2 Gigagit, of course it never plays real gigabit speed, but never crashed either.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Your money is better spent on an inexpensive managed switch like the GS108T or its current incarnation. Then use VLANs to access multiple networks on the same physical port.

    I would stay far, far away from USB Ethernet if at all possible.



  • @robi:

    ASIX chips seem to work well, I've got one USB2 Gigagit, of course it never plays real gigabit speed, but never crashed either.

    I have had the opposite experience.  I was forced to use usb nics on a job awhile back and the asix based adapters were nothing but problems.  The would work initially and then just die or start throwing errors.  I changed them out for another chipset and the issues went away (realtek I think).  I now refuse to use a usb adapter in any situation that requires uptime or stability.



  • I've used these:

    ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) "Diamond  USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter"
    ASIX AX88772 USB 2.0 Ethernet (10/100) "Belkin F4U047"

    They worked for me on an Intel D510MO for the lan interface. However it is just a home system and I did not wring them out or try to stress them with heavy traffic in any systematic way, so…

    I am glad pfsense supports (even if it's not perfect) USB interfaces for ethernet and for wireless. Certainly opens up a lot of hardware possibilities to experiment with.



  • Greetings:
    Ugreen 20241 works well if it's on the LAN side with static IP. It's inexpensive ($9) and you can get it from Newegg. On the WAN side it works but drops the IP every once in a while.
    HK


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