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 From:  Jim Gifford <jim at giffords dot net>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] quad ethernet cards?
 Date:  Thu, 11 Mar 2004 01:03:44 -0500
Intel's quad card is 10/100/1000, and is some sweet hardware.  It's still
a bit pricey, although it seems to be more cost effective than the
adaptec card.  They do have a 10/100 dual port card that also looks nice.

I've also find a reference to a card made by silicom, but can't find
anyone actually selling it, or whether it is supported by FreeBSD.

I've also run across a 4 port 10/100 card that appears to be produced
by mikrotik, which seems to be running around USD$125 each most places
I've found it.

Syskonnect also makes some rather nice dual-port gigabit cards.  My
memory of buying a syskonnect card in the past is that they cost over

If money weren't an issue, I think I'd lean towards the intel 10/100/1000
quad card.  I think I would also encourage the client to replace that
lame motherboard of his (all cyrix, including a C3 800MHz processor) with
something supporting PCI-X.

Money being what it is, I think we'll probably lean towards the mikrotik

It seems adding the word 'adapter' to the google search terms makes a
world of difference.  *grin*

I'll keep looking, but I think we've found our answer.

thanks again,

On Wed, Mar 10, 2004 at 09:51:15PM -0800, Mitch (WebCob) wrote:
> Intel has a quad card...
> I've been hoping the freebsd guys would implement all the cardlevel
> acceleration on it, but don't know if that's happened yet - but last I
> checked it detected as multiple fxp's...
> m/
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jim Gifford [mailto:jim at giffords dot net]
> > Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:43 PM
> > To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
> > Subject: [m0n0wall] quad ethernet cards?
> >
> >
> > So I've got a client with m0n0wall running on a lame motherboard that
> > only has 3 PCI slots (all full of 10/100 ethernet cards) and needing more
> > ethernet ports now.
> >
> > About 2 years ago when I was building a roll-my-own linux firewall box I
> > bought a d-link quad ethernet card for it, and things were good.  I don't
> > remember how much it cost, but it wasn't ridiculous.  It seems these days
> > the only quad 10/100 pci card I can find is the adaptec one, and it is
> > very expensive (and has a lot of features that we really don't need
> > anyway).
> >
> > It looks like d-link stopped carrying their card, and googling hasn't
> > been very productive.  It's amazing how many hubs and switches match the
> > search terms, even if 'nic' or 'card' are included in the search.
> >
> > Does anyone have any recommendations on how to expand this system?
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> > jim
> >
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