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sbit38:
I recently switched to fiber broadband with gigabit up and down, and I thought I would share (also for my own record) my experience with my pfsense setup.

Before switching, I had cable broadband with 250/10 speed. After switching to fiber, I noticed my original setup was limiting the throughput.

Maximum bandwidth (plugged directly into modem): ~940/940

Setup #1 (original):
Hardware: Jetway NC9C-550, N550, Realtek NICs, 2MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.2.6
Throughput: ~350/350 (behind switches)

Setup #2:
Hardware: Intel D2500CC, D2500, Intel NICs, 4MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.4.2
Throughput: ~500/940 (connected directly to pfsense)

Setup #3:
Hardware: Jetway HBJC311U93W-2930-B, N2930, Intel NICs, 4MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.4.2
Throughput: ~850/940 (directly to pfsense), ~775/940 (behind switches)

Setup #4:
Hardware: Intel DQ77, i3-3225, Intel NICs, 16MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.4.2
Throughput: ~940/940 (directly to pfsense)

I settled on #3 because of it's small and fanless. There might be room to optimize, but it's (more than) enough for my needs.

This is just FYI. If you have gigabit broadband, it would be great if you can share your experience.

Cheers!



edseitzinger:

--- Quote from: sbit38 on December 25, 2017, 04:32:59 pm ---I recently switched to fiber broadband with gigabit up and down, and I thought I would share (also for my own record) my experience with my pfsense setup.

Before switching, I had cable broadband with 250/10 speed. After switching to fiber, I noticed my original setup was limiting the throughput.

Maximum bandwidth (plugged directly into modem): ~940/940

Setup #1 (original):
Hardware: Jetway NC9C-550, N550, Realtek NICs, 2MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.2.6
Throughput: ~350/350 (behind switches)

Setup #2:
Hardware: Intel D2500CC, D2500, Intel NICs, 4MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.4.2
Throughput: ~500/940 (connected directly to pfsense)

Setup #3:
Hardware: Jetway HBJC311U93W-2930-B, N2930, Intel NICs, 4MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.4.2
Throughput: ~850/940 (directly to pfsense), ~775/940 (behind switches)

Setup #4:
Hardware: Intel DQ77, i3-3225, Intel NICs, 16MB RAM, SSD, pfsense 2.4.2
Throughput: ~940/940 (directly to pfsense)

I settled on #3 because of it's small and fanless. There might be room to optimize, but it's (more than) enough for my needs.

This is just FYI. If you have gigabit broadband, it would be great if you can share your experience.

Cheers!

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I found the netbook boxes not very reliable for the GFiber 1Gbps speed, IMHO. I ended up building a PC around the AMD FM2+ platform with the A10-8750K

https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=141740.0

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