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    Default Intel X520-DA2

    I purchased a DFI DT122-BE machine and put 8GB of RAM in it and a 256GB SSD. I also purchased a Intel X520-DA2 dual port SFP/SFP+ NIC for the unit (1G for WAN uplink and a 10G SFP+ module for my lan uplink to my switch). I have run through the installer but the Untangle Setup Wizard is only seeing the 2 onboard NIC's. I have a second unit that is having the same issue (identical hardware, as I was going to setup an HA cluster). I know the card is supported in PFSense/OPNSense, but those are also BSD-based and not Debian-based like Untangle is (I believe).

    From reading I believe intel NICs are not officially supported but is there anybody out there running the same NIC and if so what special sauce did you have to apply to get them up and running? The lights on the NIC light up, so I know the card is getting power. I haven't tried plugging the copper port SFP into my switch yet, but since the system isn't seeing it it won't do me any good.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Running on the same NIC and everything is ok

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    In my case i had a X520-T2 and it would restart randomly, crash randomly (every day or two),
    i then changed to Silicom PE210G2I40-T it also crashed but every two to three days,
    I then changed to Solarflare SFN5161T and it seem to crash every week instead of every day or two
    but in DUAL Intel 10Gb AT configuration it seem not crash as often
    I tried with
    untangle 12 (no crashes)
    untangle 14 (no crashes)
    untangle 15 (crashes)
    untangle 16 (crashes)

    I think it's a poor driver support when it comes to X520-xx chipset

    Also on other Linux forum people reported that x540 chipset also has a poor chipset support (kernel)

    Some Rambling to future readers:
    10Gb network adapters are gimmick
    when anyone want to use 10gb adapter it must be installed on specific motherboard with cpu and memory and chipsets with and OLD OS that can support it....
    I spends 2 months testing it..... went back to 1gb cards
    Win7 and 2008/R2 and Win10(OLDER version) and Linux(OLDER KERNEL) work awesome with 10Gb cards
    As soon as you move to NEWER OS or UPDATE current OS it crashes
    If you try to contact Intel they say it's out of date for support.
    That's why those 10Gb on secondary market are dirt cheap now a days.
    Last edited by CATAHA; 12-26-2020 at 11:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CATAHA View Post
    Some Rambling to future readers:
    10Gb network adapters are gimmick
    when anyone want to use 10gb adapter it must be installed on specific motherboard with cpu and memory and chipsets with and OLD OS that can support it....
    Are you talking about 10G copper?We use UT at both of our DCs, one with an Intel dual port 10G nic, the other with an Emulex 10G nic. I've seen 8.5Gbps of throughput between them over our fiber ring.

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