[lug] cheap network cards/quality

Jonathan Briggs zlynx at acm.org
Tue Jul 30 15:03:06 MDT 2002

I'm using some sort of D-Link 100 Mbit PCI card I found for $16 at
CompUSA in Boulder in my home Linux router.  It isn't under heavy load
since it only has to route through an IDSL link, but it hasn't failed me

It uses the 8139too driver module.

And if you buy it retail, like at CompUSA, you can return it if it does
fail you.

On Tue, 2002-07-30 at 13:48, D. Stimits wrote:
> Reading up some on cheap 10 MB/sec network cards, I believe most of the 
> comments were that tha NE2000 clones often work, but are unreliable due 
> to drivers that might on occasion hang during long/heavy use. I'm 
> looking for *cheap* 10 MB/sec (RJ45 connector) PCI nics (full duplex 
> capable), that are reliable. 3com was mentioned, 3c59x/3c90x were said 
> to be rock solid, provided the drivers used by the manufacturer were NOT 
> used (this'll probably use 2.4.18 RH, or a 2.4.19 rc3). CompUSA, Office 
> Max, Circuit City, or any of the local stores are the probably purchase 
> location. Can anyone here give recommendations on 3com and NE2000 
> clones, as to reliability? I'm mainly interested in 10 Mbit/sec, but 100 
> Mbit/sec if it is reliable might be worth the difference.
> D. Stimits, stimits AT idcomm.com
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