I ran a comparative test between FreeNAS Server (PC hardware) and Bananian (Banana PRO) for Gigabit Ethernet throughput in the following Topology
IPerf Server -----------------> Router ----------------------> IPerf Client
Cat 6 Cat 5e
The iPerf Server was either FreeNAS PC (Core i3-2100T, 8 GB DDR3-1600 Mhz, 1 x GbE, Asus H77-i Mobo) or the Banana PRO.
The iPerf Client was a Linux PC (Core i7-2600K, 1xGbE, 8 GB DDR3, Asdus P8Z68-V PRO/Gen 3)
The router is an Asus RT-AC68U
The theoretical max performance should be 125 MB/s (1000 mbps).
For FreeNAS, I got a very stable 117 MB/s throughput (variation of only 2 mbps across 10 runs)
For Banana PRO, my results vary from 94 MB/s to 106 MB/s (100 MB/s average). Around 98 mbps variation across the 10 runs.
Also noticed some variation if you change the client PCs. i used a 2007 Macbook, and got around 90 MB/s averge with BPro
I am not dissatisfied in any way, but is anyone able to get higher figures for iPerf (closer to the FreeNAS figures) ?
Any tuning options for GbE on Bananian for BPro ?
Some people say that the GbE on these small ARM based SBCs cannot operate at full gigabit speeds. Is that true ?