Posting to see if others have any experience to speak of when it comes to pfsense with multigigabit WAN connections.
Recently an ISP in my area began offering FTTH with 3 offerings, 500/500 1000/1000 and 2000/2000.
I just booked installation for next weekend for the gigabit tier for $60/mo, but I am considering calling them back and asking for 2 gigabit. I am already paying $200 a month for internet with 2 different ISPs (cable and Starlink) and so the 2 gigabit offering at $149/mo will actually still save me money.
Currently, I terminate one of my ISPs to an SG-5100 and the other terminates to a VM using VMXNET3 adapters. I am considering replacing both of those routers with a new virtual router with a direct PCI-E passthru.
The handoff for the XGS-PON Frontier ONT would be 10 Gigabit.
I am considering picking up an Intel X710-DA4 or a Chelsio T540-LP-CR or another NIC if there is a specifc suggestion. What is the best option today for high-speed pfSense NICs? Historically Chelsio was the go-to but the X710 uses newer silicon and seems well supported. Ideally, I would like the best performance in terms of latency and CPU offloading. T6225-SO-CR is also on my radar if its worth it?
Mellanox, from my understanding, hasn’t had the best FreeBSD support historically which is why I hadn’t mentioned Mellanox. Are ConnectX4s or 5s any good from a driver perspective in FreeBSD?