Slower than expected Download Speed (Changing speed/duplex doesn't help)
Comcast recently boosted download speeds to 75Mbps. Problem is I'm only getting around 44Mbps with pfsense 2.2.3 and 2.2.4. I've tried the usual things including changing the speed/duplex settings on the WAN interface, MTU. Even tried a clean install with no rules other than the default and still don't get anything faster than about 44Mbps. I connected my Mac directly to the modem and confirmed I am getting the 75+Mbps speeds. I am running pfsense as a VM in ESXi 5.5. I thought maybe the NIC was bad, but assigned it to a different VM (Windows) and confirmed it gets the 75+Mbps speed also. So, at this point I think the issue is with pfsense, but not sure what could be the cause if it's not duplex issues, which is what I think usually causes these kind of issues. Both LAN and WAN NICs are gigabit. Have also done the fetch test directly from the pfsense console and get same ~44Mbps speeds. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
chpalmer last edited by
You mentioned nothing about the hardware that you are running your VM on other than the gigabit interfaces.
I have several older boxes here with multiple gigabit interfaces on a PCI bus. The bus being the limiting factor. My Lanner built board with 6 gigabit interfaces on a PCIe bus can easily smoke my other boards.
The cards are older PCI cards. I have ESX running on a desktop that I built about 3 years ago with an Asus MB. Didn't think about PCI vs PCIe would have a big impact. Guess it's time to upgrade NICs. Thanks!
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