Supported PCI-X Quad Gigabit NIC?
Ok guys, looking for a supported PCI-X Quad Gigabit NIC to put in a pfSense machine. Picked up a Sun Quad GigaSwift PCI-X (501-6738-10). Read these work "great" for pfSense.
Shutdown box, put it in & restarted it, got errors about cas:fail to probe PHYs or something close to that. Should have took a pic of the error message, before removing the card. As soon as card was pulled, machine booted back up just fine.
Tracked down this thread:https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,33960.0.html
Seems driver was missing, but was updated. I am on 2.1.5-RELEASE, so i'm not sure why that card isn't supported. LMK if there is anything I can do to get this card working.
Other card i'm looking at is a "Intel Pro/1000 GT" meets my requirements of quad gigabit ethernet PCI-X. Should I just buy this instead?
The Intel card will almost certainly work fine but check the forum for specific reports. ;)
You could try a 2.2beta image to see if that sees your Sun card any differently.
Looks like the PCI-X support in cas(4) was not added until FreeBSD 9.x or 10.0, though pfSense may have backported it for pfSense 2.0.x. Check the cas(4) man page here: https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=cas&apropos=0&sektion=4&manpath=FreeBSD+10.0-RELEASE&arch=default&format=html, and note that the 501-6738 PCI-X line is not in 8.3, but is in 10.0:
The following add-on cards are known to work with the cas driver at this time: +o Sun GigaSwift Ethernet 1.0 MMF (Cassini Kuheen) (part no. 501-5524) +o Sun GigaSwift Ethernet 1.0 UTP (Cassini) (part no. 501-5902) +o Sun GigaSwift Ethernet UTP (GCS) (part no. 501-6719) +o Sun Quad GigaSwift Ethernet UTP (QGE) (part no. 501-6522) +o Sun Quad GigaSwift Ethernet PCI-X (QGE-X) (part no. 501-6738)
So, 2.2beta should theoretically work with your Sun card. I (think I) verified the cas driver is compiled into the current 2.2beta image:
[2.2-BETA][email@example.com]/root(7): uname -a FreeBSD pfsense.localdomain 10.1-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 10.1-PRERELEASE #49 30e366f(HEAD)-dirty: Mon Oct 6 03:27:35 CDT 2014 root@pf22-amd64-snap:/usr/obj.amd64/usr/pfSensesrc/src/sys/pfSense_SMP.10 amd64 [2.2-BETA][firstname.lastname@example.org]/root(8): kldstat -v | grep -i cas 106 cas/miibus 105 pci/cas