Network Cards for my Pfsense Server



  • Hi

    I keep getting a  "Watchdog time out " ,"Prefetch unit stuck " , "no memory for Rx buffers " error where the pfsense server loses all Internet connectivity, perhaps when a lot of data goes through it. I then have to reboot the server to correct it.

    I was reading up and many people recommend the Intel Cards, but after more research I see many people have issues with those cards as well.

    Could anyone recommend specific intel cards for me?

    I have access to the following (Which of the following are good?)

    • Intel expi9301CT Oem pack , pci-Express (1x) gigabit lan desktop adapter, 10/100/1000mbps , Intel 82574L chipset - includes extra low-profile only for 2U rackmount or slim desktop

    • Intel i210T1 Oem pack , pci-Express (1x) gigabit lan desktop adapter, 10/100/1000mbps , Intel i210 chipset , support IEEE 802.1Qav Audio-Video-Bridging (AVB ) - includes extra low-profile only for 2U rackmount or slim desktop

    • Intel i350T2 , pci-Express (4x) Dual-port gigabit lan server adapter , 10/100/1000mbps , Intel i350 chipset - support i/OAT, VMDq virtualization , SR-ioV, RSS, ALB , 5GT/sec - includes extra low-profile only for 2U rackmount or slim desktop

    • Intel i340-T4 ( E1G44HT ) , pci-Express (4x) Quad-port gigabit lan server adapter , 10/100/1000mbps , Intel 82580Gb chipset - support i/OAT, RSS, VMDq virtualization, DCA, ALB , 5GT/sec - includes extra low-profile only for 2U rackmount or slim desktop]



  • The i350 is their flagship 1Gb chipset. T2 is working great for me.

    edit
    @extide this is a home install  8)



  • Those are fairly expensive, and if this is for a home installation, then any intel card, even a desktop one will be fine. Anything PCI-E is modern enough to be good for that.


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    I'm not convinced the people having problems with the intel cards aren't user error or some weird edge case.

    To my knowledge there is no documented problem.

    The $43 Pro/1000 PT dual card on amazon looks like a sweet spot for PCI-E NICs for pfSense in all but the most demanding applications.

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-1000-Dual-Server-Adapter/dp/B000BMZHX2

    You might be able to find something that consumes less power, but I expect it will come at the cost of some performance.

    Or these HPs for only $29

    http://www.amazon.com/HP-412648-B21-PCI-Express-GigaBit-Adapter/dp/B000J3OPOU



  • Hi

    Many thanks for all the replies.

    It is for a multi WAN gateway at my office< I currently have Dlink Cards in there and I read that is why I am receiving that error.

    So basically what everyone is saying is that even if I go for one of the Dual or Quad port cards I will be ok?



  • Hi Fabzster,

    I would prefer to go with a Intel based server network adapter to
    be on the sure side to get maximum performance and support under
    pfSense. If you go by a dual port or quad port Intel based server network
    adapter is not really interesting, but be aware of the desktop one, they would
    be running also fine and are also supported for sure too, but the server adapters
    are using a DSP (digital signal processor) on the card that is taking much of the load
    and tasks from the main cpu and so far you get a real good network adapter.
    For home usage, my suggestion is;

    • Intel desktop adapters
    • Soekris LAN1841 Quad NIC
      and for productive networks;
    • Intel server NICs
    • HotLava NICs (Intel based)

    Related to your question I´ll go with the
    Intel i350T2 , pci-Express (4x) Dual-port gigabit lan server adapter , 10/100/1000mbps , Intel i350 chipset


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