Hello folks -
I’m working on building a new 1U pfsense box that’s based on a couple of the guides here (like this pfS_WAAAT i5-3470T / Intel VT1000 / 1U Rack Mount Firewall/Router).
I’ve been wondering about putting in a 10GB NIC instead of one of the Intel quad gigabit cards so that I can get a 10GB connection from my pfsense box to my UniFi 16-XG. Since the 16-XG is only an L2 switch and I’d like to be able to communicate across some of my VLANs (e.g. between my main secure LAN and my IoT and media server VLAN) I thought the best way might be to just eliminate the 1GB bottleneck so all of the main devices connect via 10GB.
The build I started is based on the Intel DQ77KB board with an Intel Core i5-3470T CPU and 8gb ram. I just realized though that the DQ77KB only has an x4 PCI-e slot and all of the generally pfsense-recommended 10gb cards are x8. Wondering if anyone here has an x4 10GB (I’m open to either SFP+ or RJ-45) card that they can recommend for pfsense?
I found the Asus XG-C100C and XG-C100F which were promising (I really only need one 10GB port), but I’ve read some older reports that they don’t play well with pfsense… I’m unsure whether that’s still the case.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!