What do you mean "took about 200K from my torrent speeds"
That is ambiguous. Torrents are not a good measurement in any way shape or form. How do you know it is the firewall you are running and not because there are less peers on the torrents now?
That being said, pfSense is a very cool project, I personally run just standard FreeBSD 6.2 right now as my gateway/firewall, with a very simple script, I will definitely be checking out pfSense in the near future.
It provides a web interface to do a lot of the configuration, with the proven reliability and speed of FreeBSD 6.x and OpenBSD's pf.
the Untangle software had issues with a large number of connections. when downloading a stedy torrent. with the firewall up i would max out at 500, with it bypassed i would get a little over 700. but it has crashed now LOL. so when i get home i will be reloading it with something. might as well try pfsence.
Now that my servers are no longer colocated I converted one into a safer (ie in a case) and quieter router based on smoothwall. I'm now getting the full speed of my cable broadband. Seems pfSense was slowing things down somewhere.
Hmm, that is weird. I know people that run it on GigBit connections and are able to fully saturate it between two endpoints. Is the hardware the same for both of them? How about the settings? Was one doing traffic shaping while the other was not?
Pfsense was running on a p3 1000,512mb ram, dual intel nics. No shaping
Smoothwall is running on first gen pentium 4 celeron 1.7, the 512mb ram from the p3, intel and 3com nic.
Stuff is definately flowing through smoothwall faster than pfsense, which really suprises me.
I would do some testing if it wasn't too much hassle to see where the issue really is (such as did I configure pfsense wrong, etc) but smoothie is working faster for me so I'll leave it at that until I'm sorted out in scotland.