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Pros: Value for the price, worked with CentOS 6.x right out of the box.
Cons: Issues with realtek drivers with pfsense. When installed, and configured as the WAN and DMZ ports, the WAN never picked up a DHCP address, and returned continues watchdog errors
Other Thoughts: This is most likely an issue with the pfsense driver and the chipset revision firmware, and not necessarily the cards fault, but if you want to set up a pfsense box, I would stick with Intel chip sets. I am going to keep this one as a spare, and purchase an Intel one for my firewall projects.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/28/2015 11:51:26 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Cons: It was not only dead-on-arrival, but also caused the PC to not boot. Changed the power supply and motherboard before trying to run the new build without all non-essential components. Was never expecting a PCI Express device to stop boot. When power button was pressed, it would keep making a clicking sound every 1 second.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/24/2015 11:13:03 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Cons: Died after 6 months. Was using in a router setup running pfSense. It ran solid for a little over 6 months then started flaking out. Dropping connections and lagging on both ports. Thought it might be the machine it was running in so I freshly installed on another machine with a PCI express port and it was the same story. Replaced with a used 4 port Gb ethernet card I got from a friend and both machines work fine.
Other Thoughts: Might be ok for someone who isn't looking for 24/7 use, but I'd get something else. Spend a little more now to save the frustration later of trying to narrow down a bad NIC.
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Cons: Deceptively named. NOT an i210-t1 based product.
Other Thoughts: This is actually an 82574-based product, as per the mfg's website. This is basically a rebadged Gigabit CT, aka a desktop product, masquerading as an entry level Intel server card. As such, this card lacks some of the newer, server-based features such as the 4 TX and 4 RX queues of the actual i210.
I gave this 2 eggs because it's at least still an Intel product, and 82574 functions "ok" in a server space. But it's only slightly cheaper than the 82574-based cards from Intel, so it's not really that good of a deal.
As the title says, caveat emptor. If you're just wanting an Intel-based card for cheap, this is an ok deal. Just don't expect it to perform like the i210 that it's named after.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/15/2015 4:10:18 PM
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