[nycbug-talk] ARM NICs

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Wed Dec 11 13:40:10 EST 2013

On 12/11/13 10:28, Charles Sprickman wrote:
> 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:
> http://routerboard.com/RB2011LS
> 5 GigE, 5 FastE, takes sfps.

nice - looks like they are based on MIPS chips...wonder if NetBSD has
support for these.  the SFP+ capability could actually be really
useful...so may options! :)


Pete Wright
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