Also, this is an incredibly common question on the pfSense forums. (Not trying 
to be condescending, just stating.) I racked my mind trying to figure something 
out when, like you said, it’s a solved problem. Basically, get a reasonably 
powered computer and put some real  Intel NICs in it and you’ll likely be fine. 
The processor you get will be decided based on what packages you’re running. My 
i7 is overkill, but it was also free. 

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> On Feb 15, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Eero Volotinen <> wrote:
> Hi,
> This hardware can do gigabit (wirespeed) NAT/FW
> (tested on my home, using
> symmetric gigabit line...)
> but, I we use NetGate SG-8860 on our main offices:
> Eero
> On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 4:14 PM, Michael Munger <
>> wrote:
>> TL; DR.
>> On 1Gbps downloads, our pfSense firewalls are performing poorly with
>> speed tests of ~400Mbps. It's either pfSense configs (not likely) or the
>> hardware (more likely). I do not want to buy a commercial box. For our
>> corporate network, we use HP DL360s, so zero problem there.I need
>> something that is the size of a router, but can do 1Gbps with pfSense.
>> Who's got working configs / hardware combos that do 1Gbps easily?
>> Background.
>> I've been using Alix boards (APU1D4 as of late). The problem is: these
>> boards seem to top out at 400Mbps download. I have several clients who
>> have gigabit fiber connections, and they have been complaining to the
>> ISP that their service is slow. When they connect to the modem directly,
>> they get 1G download. When they go through the pfSense firewall we put
>> together using these Alix boards from PC engines, it drops to ~400Mbps.
>> There are several competing "router boards" (Microtik and the like), but
>> I have zero experience with them, I don't know if they will run pfSense
>> or if they will do the speed. The Alix + pfSense combo has been GREAT
>> for many years. If I change to something else, I don't want to go
>> through growing pains since I figure this is a solved problem, and
>> someone on this list knows / has a recommendation.
>> --
>> Michael Munger, dCAP, MCPS, MCNPS, MBSS
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