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Good morning OCN,

I'm about to pull the trigger on some Networking gear with today's birthday budget.

My question is there any real advantage to having the WAN and LAN ports on one NIC? I could save a good chunk if I only bought an Intel dual port vs a quad port card(dual $10 vs quad $30). If I got the dual card, I was planning on running the WAN through the motherboard's gigabit connection and the dual ports as my LAN ports. I figured if I was running squid/snort then the WAN traffic would be hitting the CPU anyways.

Thoughts?

Also if anyone has a quad NIC card for a great budget deal, let me know tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Dalchi Frusche View Post

Good morning OCN,

I'm about to pull the trigger on some Networking gear with today's birthday budget.

My question is there any real advantage to having the WAN and LAN ports on one NIC? I could save a good chunk if I only bought an Intel dual port vs a quad port card(dual $10 vs quad $30). If I got the dual card, I was planning on running the WAN through the motherboard's gigabit connection and the dual ports as my LAN ports. I figured if I was running squid/snort then the WAN traffic would be hitting the CPU anyways.

Thoughts?

Also if anyone has a quad NIC card for a great budget deal, let me know tongue.gif

You mean the same PCIe card not NIC correct? Just making sure you're not talking about virtual interfaces. If you're talking only physical, then obviously they will be on different physical NICs regardless and it's not going to make any difference.
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You mean the same PCIe card not NIC correct? Just making sure you're not talking about virtual interfaces. If you're talking only physical, then obviously they will be on different physical NICs regardless and it's not going to make any difference.

Yeah sorry. Same PCIe card. I guess a similar question would be any disadvantage on using motherboard port for WAN connection on PFSense box.
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Yeah sorry. Same PCIe card. I guess a similar question would be any disadvantage on using motherboard port for WAN connection on PFSense box.

None that I've ever heard of.
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None that I've ever heard of.

Awesome to hear. I tried the trusty google and didn't have any hits either. Because of ordering my bulk cable through Monoprice instead of Ebay, I have to hold of on my PCIe card purchase. For now I will have to use the motherboard and PCIe single port card for my router.
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