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Offline sypher007

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Throughput Firebox X550E
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:27:16 am »
Hi guys,

I just acquired a free x550e for free to do some experimenting with.

I upgraded the CPU to a 2.0 Ghz Pentium M760 and 2GB of RAM. I was also able to successfully upgrade the bios to B8.1 and boot a 16GB CF card with pfsense nano 2.3.5_1. So far so good.

When I test the speed of a device behind the firewall however. I only get about 100Mbit download speed. Schematically this is what happens:

ISP MODEM (400mbit down | 40 Mbit up theoretically) <--CAT6--> X550E WAN (Fireware) <--CAT6--> PC (speedtest.net 380mbit down | 38mbit up)
ISP MODEM (400mbit down | 40 Mbit up theoretically) <--CAT6--> X550E WAN (pfsense) <--CAT6--> PC (speedtest.net 100mbit down | 38mbit up)

Is there a setting within pfsense that caps the throughput of the device?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Throughput Firebox X550E
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 11:00:34 am »
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Is there a setting within pfsense that caps the throughput of the device?

No.  Watchguard did that in their software however. But that does not affect you now. Im not sure how you could get 380 running their stuff.

The ports are on a PCI bus so your limited to the speed of that bus.  Ive maxed mine out routing locally so I know they are capable of a bit faster than you are seeing.

Its been years so I don't remember the details but it was much faster than 100mbps.
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Re: Throughput Firebox X550E
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2018, 07:43:48 am »
Should be way faster than 100Mbps with that CPU. Does depend on packet size etc though.

Try a local test between two interfaces. I would expect to see >500Mbps with iperf for example if you are just routing/NAT/firewall.

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« Last Edit: February 11, 2018, 12:48:51 pm by stephenw10 »

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Re: Throughput Firebox X550E
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 12:45:18 pm »
Are the Cat6 cables selfmade or with molded plugs already attached ?


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