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Pi with 2 ethernet ports to create router and run PFsense

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:03 pm
by spillemw
I want to try run PFsense on PI, but for that I need two RJ45 ethernet ports.
(theoretically i could do it with the WLAN and the one fixed port but i do not want to do that)

Does anyone know if there are plans to come up with a two fixed ethernet version?

If not, anyone has experience using a USB to Ethernet peripheral on Pi ?

Thanks

Re: Pi with 2 ethernet ports to create router and run PFsense

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:38 pm
by rpdom
Lots of people have experience of using USB network interfaces on Pis. The A, A+ and Zero do not have a wired interface, so the only way to network them is to use a USB interface (I'm talking wired, not WiFi, as I know the Zero-W has WiFi).

The only real issue is that the on-board interface is connected via USB and will have to share bandwidth with any other USB devices.

Also, try to stay away from interfaces based on the DM9601 chipset as they only support USB1.1 speeds (about 11mb/s).

Re: Pi with 2 ethernet ports to create router and run PFsense

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:04 pm
by fruitoftheloom
spillemw wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:03 pm
I want to try run PFsense on PI, but for that I need two RJ45 ethernet ports.
(theoretically i could do it with the WLAN and the one fixed port but i do not want to do that)

Does anyone know if there are plans to come up with a two fixed ethernet version?

If not, anyone has experience using a USB to Ethernet peripheral on Pi ?

Thanks
pfsense does not appear to officially support the Raspberry Pis ARM platform:

https://www.pfsense.org/download/


Yes you can bridge 2 ethernet connections, though ensure the USB-Ethernet Adaptor has a Realtek or Asix Chipset...

Re: Pi with 2 ethernet ports to create router and run PFsense

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:19 am
by rpdom
fruitoftheloom wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:04 pm
pfsense does not appear to officially support the Raspberry Pis ARM platform:
No, but the source code is available for download and even though it is based on FreeBSD it is possible that it could be built for a Pi. If I had any freee time at all I would look in to this, as I do use a pfsense box at work.