Input and Output Ports

Front Side

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Front view of the XG-1540 Firewall Appliance

The numbered labels in this image rerfer to entries in Network Ports and Other Ports.

Network Ports

Default Ports

Port

pfSense Label

Interface

Port Type

Port Speed

0

OPT1

igb0

RJ-45

1 Gbps

1

OPT2

igb1

RJ-45

1 Gbps

2

WAN

ix0

RJ-45

10 Gbps

3

LAN

ix1

RJ-45

10 Gbps

Note

Both the WAN and LAN ports of the Netgate® appliance support auto-MDIX and are capable of utilizing either straight-through or crossover Ethernet cables.

With 4 Port Intel 1 Gbps Ethernet Expansion Card

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Port

pfSense Label

Interface

Port Type

Port Speed

0

OPT6

igb0

RJ-45

1 Gbps

1

OPT5

igb1

RJ-45

1 Gbps

2

OPT4

igb2

RJ-45

1 Gbps

3

OPT3

igb3

RJ-45

1 Gbps

4

WAN

igb4

RJ-45

1 Gbps

5

LAN

igb5

RJ-45

1 Gbps

6

OPT1

ix0

RJ-45

10 Gbps

7

OPT2

ix1

RJ-45

10 Gbps

With 2 Port Chelsio 10 Gbps Ethernet Expansion Card

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Port

pfSense Label

Interface

Port Type

Port Speed

0

WAN

cxl0

SFP+

10 Gbps

1

LAN

cxl1

SFP+

10 Gbps

2

OPT1

igb0

RJ-45

1 Gbps

3

OPT3

igb1

RJ-45

1 Gbps

4

OPT2

ix0

RJ-45

10 Gbps

5

OPT4

ix1

RJ-45

10 Gbps

Network Port LEDs

The RJ-45 Network Ports have LEDs indicating status.

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RJ-45 Ethernet Ports

Each RJ-45 Ethernet port has two LEDs to indicate connection, activity, and connection speed, as outlined in the table below.

Activity LED (Left)

Link Speed LED (Right)

Off = No Connection
Yellow Flashing = Activity

Amber = 1 Gbps
Green = 100 Mbps (10 Gbps for 10GbE Port)
Off = No Connection or 10 Mbps

Note

Reverse the above table for the bottom ports as they are inverted.

Other Ports

Port

I/O Type

4

IPMI

5

2x USB 3.0 Ports

6

VGA Console

7

Reset & Power buttons

8

Status LEDs

USB Ports

USB ports on the device can be used for a variety of purposes.

The primary use for the USB ports is to install or reinstall the operating system on the device. Beyond that, there are numerous USB devices which can expand the base functionality of the hardware, including some supported by add-on packages. For example, UPS/Battery Backups, Cellular modems, GPS units, and storage devices. Though the operating system also supports wired and wireless network devices, these are not ideal and should be avoided.