Is there a known issue with USB NICs?



  • I am a new pfs user and I'm pretty sure I have everything set up correctly. The only issue I'm having is WAN drops every 3-5 minutes for no reason I can see. Is this a known issue, or would more specifics about my particular setup help? As of right now, it's unusable for me.



  • USB NICs are really flaky but that's a bit excessive.  What chipset is in your NICs?



  • I've not seen anyone bragging of the performance of their usb NICs but I've seen many with your problems - and worse.



  • I'm running it on a mid-2010 mac mini, so the USB NIC is require for two.

    Since I posted this I've googled this and evidently the USB NIC support isn't great in BSD. Is this a system that sits on top of BSD and could therefore sit on top of Linux too? Or is it too tightly connected to BSD?



  • @theMikeD:

    I'm running it on a mid-2010 mac mini, so the USB NIC is require for two.

    Since I posted this I've googled this and evidently the USB NIC support isn't great in BSD. Is this a system that sits on top of BSD and could therefore sit on top of Linux too? Or is it too tightly connected to BSD?

    pfSense isn't a package that can sit on top of any OS.  You could try a 2.2 snapshot (based on FreeBSD 10 rather than 8.3) and see if that works any better, but in truth, you really should just try and get rid of the USB NIC.  If your bandwidth needs aren't ridiculous then you can use VLANs and an appropriate switch and then you'd only need a single port.


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