[plug] gigabit switch recommendations

Bill Kenworthy billk at iinet.net.au
Mon Dec 29 09:01:49 UTC 2014

Yep, but still the same problem - you need hardware to run it on.
pfsense have some 3 port alix based hardware but nothing 16 port or
more.  They offer a guide to producing high throughput PC based systems
but its still not cheap/simple.  pfsense has a routing and not switching

You can get PCI 4 port Intel switch cards for ~$75 - but I have only
seen 1 sockets on a motherboard - a quick search didn't show anything
different so it may be a technical limitation?


On 29/12/14 16:32, Craig Foster wrote:
> Is it bad my first reaction was "if you want flexibility of networking and firewalling, you'll want to ask the pf/BSD crowd"?
> CraigF
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> Rather than a propriety solution, does anyone know of any reasonably priced bare-metal/whitebox switching systems able to run generic
> (gentoo) Linux around 16 or 24 ports?
> Building your own (I have two 4port sun happy meal cards which gives me a 9 port switch with builtin ethernet on the mobo) results in bus saturation at 100M let alone gig speeds.
> I would love to get rid of my Cisco 1841/2950 for some real flexibility and the ability to play with SDN.
> BillK
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