[lug] cheap network cards/quality

D. Stimits stimits at idcomm.com
Tue Jul 30 15:53:51 MDT 2002

Dhruva B. Reddy wrote:
> I use D-Link 530-TX's.  They're kind of slow, (I've never seen more than
> 15Mbps within my LAN) but serve me well.  With the 2.4 kernel, they use
> the 8139too driver.

Is that a 10 Mbit/sec card in full duplex, or a 100 Mbit/sec card in 
"slow-plex"? If it is a 10 and it does 15 Mbit/sec (full duplex), then 
it is averaging quite well (7.5 Mbit/sec each way is nothing to sneeze 
at on a 10).

D. Stimits, stimits AT idcomm.com

> On Tue, 30 Jul 2002 at 13:48:38 -0600, D. Stimits soliloquized thusly:
>>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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