for using PCIe GB LAN cards with the Soekris net6501 I found only some vendors, the cards from them will fits in the box by the length.
The first and more expensive one is Allied Telesis; the second is less expensive and called out TP-Link.
That you find them cheap on ebay I don´t really know.
That the cards are supported by OpenBSD I can´t answer you, but OpenBSD is standing for:
Very secure, very stable and with many code auditing, but that means on the other side also, that not every driver will join the OS/code to be set up.
Perhaps you try a backside search! Have a look what kind of adapters OpenBSD are supported and then you do a search with the exact card or chipset name
and find perhaps faster what you want and need.
Since we have here in Germany growing up FTTH (fiber to the Home) from several ISP´s an very popular solution is the Speed modem from the vendor Pan DaCom Direkt.
So you can save the free PCIe port in the box for other cards ;). If you need the fiber card as a WAN port solution it will also perhaps fit your needs.
It will be enough for a FTTH Internet connection with 200 MBit/s download and 100 MBit/s upload speed. (200 MBit/s : 8 = 25 MB/s) also the 100 MB/s ports
are enough for the connection, if you plan to set up this card as a WAN port!!!!! If not a Plain media converter from Allied Telesis MC1000 Series will be also
interesting for you, because you don´t need to search something to be compatible and driver or OS supported, this solution is driver and OS independent !!!!!!!!!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: soekris-tech-bounces@... [mailto:soekris-tech-
> bounces@...] On Behalf Of Dan Shechter
> Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:58 AM
> To: soekris-tech@... > Subject: [Soekris] 1G optical NIC for 6501
> Hi All,
> Looking for a 1G optical NIC for 6501. Most NICs I can find on ebay look too big to fit
> the tiny PCI Express socket on the soekris.
> Any recommendations?
> I plan to use it on OpenBSD 5.1.
For future upcoming Soekris boards, boxes and spare parts,
if those wishes or needs become more popular I mean.