[nycbug-talk] ARM NICs

Charles Sprickman spork at bway.net
Wed Dec 11 13:28:31 EST 2013

On Dec 11, 2013, at 1:16 PM, George Rosamond wrote:

> Pete Wright:
>> Hey guys - anyone know of any ARM boards that have more than on NIC?
>> Checked around quickly last night and didn't find anything too promising.
>> my plan is to run a super low-power board to act as a NAT device for
>> some R&D stuff i'm doing.  figure it'd be a good chance to test out
>> FreeBSD's evolving ARM support.
> I don't... but I'm sure there are.  I don't remember actually seeing
> any.  Anyone one from pfSense onlist might know... cmb?
> What *did* you find?
> You could also (crazily) try some usb NICs.. .there's some that have
> decent support, even if it's a pretty bad idea in general.
> FBSD ARM has some heavy changes right now... there are regular breaks in
> HEAD and in 10 stable.. so playing?  Yes.  Production?  not quite.
> I think also GNN has been buying less-known ARM boards pretty regularly.

If there's any bleeding-edge support for Mikrotik Routerboards, those will
give you plenty of ports for cheap.  I would imagine if there are any
FreeBSD-compatible "home routers", you'd also be able to get more
than one port.  Many of those incorporate a vlan-capable switch on the
LAN side.

example of mondo-routerboard:


5 GigE, 5 FastE, takes sfps.


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