I’d prefer 4 ports but can live with 2. Problem is how to mount it… There is no expansion bay in the OptiPlex’s case and nothing obvious to screw it to. Maybe I could 3D print an enclosure but the cable dangling out the back isn’t great. Maybe I could adhesive it to the case somehow.
Will it work without the power cable (unit has no internal power cables)? I could maybe 3D print an enclosure, couldn’t find any for sale except massive ones for GPUs. A quad gigabit NIC is only PCI-E x4, not x16.
Edit: I just realized that the cheap ones like this are only PCI-E x1. The USB Mini connector only has 2 data lines.
Its going into my 1L Dell 3080 as a router. ATM though I have a realtec version of the same formfactor installed and since its in PROD at home I have not updated it until I can do so without disrupting the whole families network.
Currently running PFSense which is working fine with the Realtec, but thinking about swapping over to OpenSense which is why I wanted the Intel chip.
How did you get the screws in there? Mine doesn’t have holes for the VGA connector retaining bolts, it has cut-outs. So I was thinking of cutting down the bracket that comes with the RJ45 assembly and drilling holes for bolts in it, and then using washers on the other side.
Interesting. My internet connection is 1000/1000 and from what I’ve read there are issues with pfSense and USB dongles, but it could be worth a try. Maybe I could use it for secondary connections like an IoT only network, or a wireless dongle.
Again people say don’t use pfSense for WiFi, but it’s cheap and easy… Other option is a used AP off eBay.
Only thing I noticed with the USB3 adapter was, on my N3150 (about 5year old pentium/atom low power 2GHz CPU) I wasn’t able to get iperf3 --bidi without setting smp_affinity with traffic shaping for my onboard pcie nic and and without setting cpu_scaling to performance.
Basically both my onboard realtek and usb3 controllers only have a single interrupt queue.
But I only have 1000/50 and I didn’t have to make the settings permanent… if you run into issues, you may want to have a look at interrupt masks.
more or less thats exactly what I did. I cut down the included bracket, drilled some holes in it and use the VGA standoff holes as the mounts.
I had to cut away the top of the case because the shielding on the connector was hitting it which I was lazy and did with snips. I should have pulled the whole thing apart and done it with my rotary tool to get a cleaner cut.
But im the only one who sees it or knows, so yeah… lazy moment.
Side note, the screws supplied with the Dell are complete rubbish and too large for every card, including the original one that was in there. I ended up using a #6-32 UNC screw (the larger type used in computer cases) that is only partly inserted.