[lug] cheap network cards/quality

D. Stimits stimits at idcomm.com
Tue Jul 30 15:54:56 MDT 2002

Jonathan Briggs wrote:
> 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
> yet.

This sounds like the right price. I remember when one had to buy 
mail-order to find an NE2000 clone for under $20.

D. Stimits, stimits AT idcomm.com

> 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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