[Amazon.ca] Netgear 5 port gigabit managed switch - $38
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Useful for pfsense boxes with only a single nic/port.
Jun 13th, 2019 4:25 pm
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You can't make a pfsense router with only one nic. Adding a switch to it won't help, it doesn't work that way.
Jun 13th, 2019 7:48 pm
Jun 14th, 2019 3:20 am
It can be done, using a technique called "router on a stick". You essentially limit yourself to half the throughput (500 Mbps) but if your Internet connection isn't that fast anyway, you won't notice it.
Jun 14th, 2019 6:26 am
Who cares about warranties on a 34$ product, just buy two in case it fails....andrewhaji wrote: ↑I would stay away from this model. Unlike the majority of switches in this class, NETGEAR only offers a 3-year warranty on these.
The GS105Ev2, the predecessor to this model, comes with a lifetime warranty.
In the past I've used the TP-Link TL-SG105E. It works well, but suffers from a minor security issue in that the management UI is accessible from any VLAN.
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Oh, I never even considered that... and yeah, I hope nobody is relying on USB for this. Still, I've had faster than half duplex gigabit WAN for a very long time now. Funny enough now my LAN is my bottleneck these days, my WAN is actually faster... I have the 1.5 gigabit fibe plan - long story, but since I don't use the homehub (and haven't gone through the time and expense of actually setting up my network to actually support it) I'm "only" using 2/3rds of it, at least the downstream. So yeah... half duplex gigabit at a router really is kind of a non starter for a lot of people these days - I imagine most people who know how to set up pfsense and use it probably have internet that isn't "slow", well maybe.andrewhaji wrote: ↑ It can be done, using a technique called "router on a stick". You essentially limit yourself to half the throughput (500 Mbps) but if your Internet connection isn't that fast anyway, you won't notice it.
The pfSense box connects to the trunk port on a managed switch, which is then connected both to the WAN and to the LAN on separate VLANs. As long as you have a switch that does proper VLAN isolation (refer to my comment about the TP-Link above), this is safe and far more reliable than, say, plugging in a USB Ethernet adapter to give your computer a second network interface.