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 From:  Chris Buechler <cbuechler at gmail dot com>
 To:  Don Munyak <don dot munyak at gmail dot com>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Un-used NIC's
 Date:  Tue, 3 May 2005 11:28:00 -0400
On 5/3/05, Don Munyak <don dot munyak at gmail dot com> wrote:
> I have m0n0wall setup on a PC with (3) nic's, wan/lan/opt. During
> initial install, I had all three hooked up to respective devices.
> 
> Wan to border router
> Lan to switch-1
> Opt1 to switch-2
> 
> I am currently not using Opt-2 yet, although the network is configured
> in m0n0wall. Do I need to keep the CAT-5 cable for Opt-1 connected to
> a spare switch, or can I un-plug it ?

You can unplug it.  There have been some bugs in FreeBSD network
drivers in the past (pre-m0n0wall 1.1, and only sis driver, IIRC)
where if you had an interface unplugged, it could seriously degrade
the performance of the system, but that should no longer be the case.

-Chris