X86 device, which network chip should be chosen for "headache-free" functioning?

Yes, I'm exclusively using mainline drivers (so r8169).

My ISP upgraded my fiber to 2Gbps/1Gbps, and i'm wondering how i can adapt my x86 mini-pc in order to enjoy these 2Gbps. Actually i have that pcie I350-T4, limited to 1Gb ports.

I just found this hybrid SFP+/RJ45 card : https://www.lr-link.com/products/lres4005tf-2s2t.html
The controler is an intel X710, and it uses the kmod-i40e package to work.
i saw a few posts about some bugs, are they fixed now ?

I need an SFP+ because my ISP use an internal ONT in their router, so i'll have to buy a GPON ONU

OMG ! https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/LR-LINK-LRES4005TF-2S2T-PCIe-v3_1600429522408.html
999$ :rofl: :rofl:
Anything cheaper ??

2.5gbit usb ethernet dongle?

but for the ONU ? i need an SFP+ port.

Which country you live in?
I mean 2Gbps download :open_mouth:
Is this a home connection?

yes, i live in France, it's for my Home. i pay 15€/month for this :sweat_smile:

Probably still cheaper to get a converter from fiber to ethernet, but would 10gbit work, or do you need 2.5gbit, 10gbit hw is probably cheaper than multi gig.

@KOA I've been able to get 10/10gbit for the last 5+ years or so, at home, 35€.

i think so, but it's one more device, more cables, etc...I would have preferred that everything was integrated in the router. a quick and cheap solution...it's a shame they didn't put 1 SFP+ port in the qnap qhora-301w

There are of course usb-c sfp+ adapters :slight_smile:

hahaha, someone tried this with openwrt already ?? it seems to be very exotic, not sure i'll have a lot of support if things goes wrong...

Not sure it'll have any Linux support at all :wink:

This one uses the aquantia AQC100
i don't know why the link is not working when i post it here...

it says :

Linux: Supports Linux core 3.10, 3.12, 3.2, 4.2, and 4.4. The driver for the Marvell AQtion AQC100; Aquantia® is required to use the QNA-T310G1S

https://shop.opnsense.com/dec700-series-opnsense-desktop-security-appliance/ et al.
…you asked for 'cheaper', not 'cheap'. ;)

Sorry, I'm not really familiar with above 1 GBit/s gear so far, while I've been casually looking for a couple of years already, ethernet cards and (particularly) switches are above my price bracket so far. (I'm not really interested in 'investing' into the odd standards like 2.5GBASE-T or 5GBASE-T, unless those would be really cheap (as in more or less the same price as 1 GBit/s), but they aren't - so for me, 10 GBit/s would be a requirement (with support for 2.5GBASE-T/ 5GBASE-T - and I'm not sure if used/ older server class cards do have support for those) and that stuff sadly isn't priced in a home user friendly way).

Those Aquantia based cards for 90-100 EUR indeed seem to be the only real offer (beyond 2.5GBASE-T r8125 cards, which may start around 20-25 EUR - which would be o.k., but they're 'useless' without a matching switch, and those are significantly more expensive <-- and we're back to my dilemma of not wanting to invest into 2.5GBASE-T-only gear, too little, too late, too much of a markup for too little of a speedup).

That's a very nice device !

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Anyone have some info about the RTL8245F Realtek NIC ?

I have never heard of this 2.5Gbe NIC before, I only knew the RTL8125B...i can't find anything over internet about it.