[freebsd-questions] Good FreeBSD Supported Gigabit Ethernet Card?

Howard Jones howie at thingy.com
Fri Sep 14 00:59:22 PDT 2007

Oliver Hansen wrote:
> I'm looking to eventually upgrade my home network to all gigabit so 
> I'm going to start by purchasing a few NICs for some old servers I 
> just received. I know there are quite a few supported by FreeBSD6 
> which I found ( 
> http://www.freebsd.org/releases/6.0R/hardware-i386.html#ETHERNET ) but 
> I'm wondering if there is any real benefit in buying a $40 or $50 NIC 
> like the Netgear GA311 or just get a $20 NIC like the D-Link 
> DFE-530TX+. The use will probably be a firewall, proxy, file server, 
> and DVR. 
> <http://www.EagleBit.com/Netgear_GA311_Gigabit_PCI_Card_p/eb-400-00357.htm> 
I have had good results with Intel Pro/1000 (em driver) NICs. The 
desktop one isn't as expensive as you might think, and the driver is one 
of the better FreeBSD NIC drivers.

You might need to wind down your expectations a bit, especially on older 
servers with vanilla PCI slots - my 'old' Celeron D fileserver doesn't 
do much more than 25-30MB/sec. Still, doubling/tripling the speed of 
your network isn't such a bad thing :-)

With Intel server NICS on PCI-X, where I work we had up to around 
60MB/sec throughput for a freebsd-based firewall on modest hardware 
(Dell 1425SC), and basic GigE switches - so the OS is good for a lot more.

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