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Re: [Xen-users] pfsense HVM network performance

To: Jonathan Tripathy <jonnyt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] pfsense HVM network performance
From: Dustin Marquess <dmarquess@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 17:45:27 -0500
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Did you try recompiling the pfsense FreeBSD kernel using the XENHVM kernel config?  That way you'll get get PV drivers for network & disk I/O, which should help a lot.


On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM, Jonathan Tripathy <jonnyt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Everyone,

Just to let everyone know of my experience of network speed on pfsense HVM.

Initially, I started off by doing PCI passthrough for my WAN NIC, and used e1000 emulation for LAN. Speed was capping at 90Mbp/s.

When both were set to e1000, speed was capping at 30Mbp/s

When LAN was set to e1000 and WAN was set to default (rl8xxx), speed was capping at 71Mbp/s.

I wish I could have stayed with the first option, however my link speed is only detected at 10Mbps unless I take the cable out and in 2 or 3 times.

Any tips on the above? In some cases, to get the above speed, I had to enable "device polling" in pfsense


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