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,
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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