Supported 10 Gigabit Ethernet Cards
Posted by , Last modified by on 06 January 2013 12:05 AM

Séance v1.1 currently supports a variety of 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards. As long as your card supports the version of MacOSX that you are using, and provides up to date drivers, you should be in business. Most people will use 10Gigabit Ethernet with their Cinestation in one of 2 ways: PCI-E on a MacPro or a Thunderbolt Chassis attached to a Thunderbolt enabled Macintosh. If you are using a Thunderbolt setup, you will find that some cards work, where others will not.

A MacPro, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet and a RAID will be the fastest solution for downloading footage. Laptops or iMacs with Thunderbolt will be slightly slower. The download speed will greatly depend upon the processing power of you Macintosh. Do not expect your laptop to match the speed of a MacPro. While Thunderbolt is extremely fast for laptops, it is no where near as fast as the PCI-E slot on your desktop computer. Keep this in mind, when testing your setup for performance.

The following cards have been tested and are supported:

Mac Pro

  • Small Tree - 10 Gigabit PCI Express Single or Dual Optical SL cards. (PETG1SFP+, PETG2SFP+)
  • ATTO Technology - FastFrame 10GbE SFP+ NIC (FFRM-NS11-000, FFRM-NS12-000, FFRM-NS14-000)Myricom - 10 Gigabit Ethernet Solutions (10G-PCIE-8B-2S, amongst others)



  • Small Tree - 10 Gigabit PCI Express Single or Dual Optical SL cards. (PETG1SFP+, PETG2SFP+) (Will require an external Thunderbolt Chassis)
  • Small Tree - ThunderNET TN10-1PF. A similar solution as above, but includes a Thunderbolt Chassis.
  • ATTO Technology - ThunderLink NS 1101 SFP+ (TLNS-1101-D00)
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Comments (4)
Goran Djikic
23 October 2013 10:15 AM
Hi all,
do you support Sonnet Echo Express SE card?
Robert Monaghan
23 October 2013 10:42 AM
Hi Goran,

No we haven't tried it. It is possible that it works, but I have no way to know for sure.

matthew love
07 January 2014 09:02 PM
Will support for the Myricom cards over thunderbolt come soon?
Robert Monaghan
08 January 2014 05:11 AM
Hi Matthew,
Myricom is the one that has to enable support. We do not provide any specific code for any specific card. The cards (from any hardware vendor) either works, or it doesn't. As I understand it, many of the Myricom 10G cards have a hardware flaw that prevents them from working with Thunderbolt. I have been told that newer versions of their 10G card do work, but the older ones never will. So far, I have not seen a single Myricom card work with a Thunderbolt chassis. Perhaps this will change. Please contact Myricom for more information (and support.) There is little I can do on my end.
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