Input and Output Ports


Networking Ports

Interface Name

Port Name

Port Type

Port Speed




1 Gbps




1 Gbps




10 Gbps




10 Gbps

RJ-45 Ethernet Ports

ETH1-8 are switched ports sharing 5 Gbps (2x 2.5 Gbps) to the Intel SoC. These ports can be isolated as an independent interface with the configuration of VLAN tagging as shown in Switch Ports Overview.


LAGG has limited support currently on the ethernet switchports (Load Balance mode only). For more information, review the Switch LAGG section of the Netgate 7100 Switch Overview page.


The LAN ports do not support the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). Two or more ports connected to another Layer 2 switch, or connected to 2 or more different interconnected switches, could create a flooding loop between the switches. This can cause the router to stop functioning until the loop is resolved.

SFP+ Ethernet Ports

IX0-IX1 are discrete ports, each with dedicated 10 Gbps back to the Intel SoC.


The ix(4) driver used for ports IX0-IX1 does not support ALTQ traffic shaping directly. Limiters or tagged VLAN interfaces may be used for ALTQ traffic shaping.


There is an Intel-supplied driver issue for the C3000, preventing 1Gbps and 10Gbps copper modules from being recognized on the SFP+ ports. Copper modules are not supported.

Compatible SFP/SFP+ Modules

Below are some general guidelines for compatible SFP/SFP+ modules:

  • Intel-branded SFP+ SR/LR Dual Speed (1G/10G) optical modules.

  • Intel-branded SFP+ DA twin-ax cables that comply with SFF-8431 v4.1 and SFF-8472 v10.4 specifications. Note: Limited to 10G link speed (no 1G support).

  • Third party SFP+ DA twin-ax cables that comply with SFF-8431 v4.1 and SFF-8472 v10.4 specifications. Note: Limited to 10G link speed (no 1G support).

  • SFP+ AoCs (Active optical Cables). Note: Limited to 10G link speed (no 1G support).

  • Third party SFP+ SR/LR dual speed 1G/10G) optical modules

  • SFP+ active copper cables

  • 1000BASE-SX / 1000BASE-LX optical modules

Specific known-working modules include:

Model / Part Number


Finisar FTLF1318P3BTL

1000BASE-LX and 1G Fibre Channel (1GFC) 10km
Industrial Temperature Gen 3 SFP Optical Transceiver

Finisar FTLX1471D3BCL

10Gb/s 10km Single Mode Datacom SFP+ Transceiver

Intel FTLX8571D3BCV-IT

1G/10G Dual Rate SFP Fiber Optical Transceiver

Finisar FTLX8574D3BCL

10GBASE-SR/SW 400m Multimode Datacom SFP+ Optical

Finisar FTLF8519P3BNL

1000BASE-SX and 2G Fibre Channel (2GFC) 500m
Extended Temperature SFP Optical Transceiver
Note: Links at 1G, 2G is not supported

Other Ports, Buttons, and Indicators

  • Semi-recessed Power (PWR) (performs a graceful shutdown)

  • Recessed Reset Button (performs a hard reset, immediately turning the system off)

  • 1x USB 3.0

  • Status LED

  • Power (PWR) LED (green when powered on, red after a graceful shutdown)

  • Console (Mini-USB)

  • 2x USB 2.0

  • Power

    • Power Consumption 20W (idle)


When a graceful shutdown is performed, the Netgate 7100 Power (PWR) LED will turn red but will stay lit. The Ethernet activity LEDs will turn off. The power supply fan will continue to run. Turning off the rocker switch on the back of the power supply will eliminate all power to the system.

The power button should be depressed 3-5 seconds to initiate a graceful shutdown or to power on the device when the PWR LED is red.


A hard reset of the system could cause data corruption and should be avoided. Halt or reboot the system through the console menu or the webConfigurator to avoid data corruption.