jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Thu Apr 17 11:53:42 PDT 2003
> i'm looking for some words of wisdom about pci ethernet adapters for my
> system. i'm running freebsd 4.7, an amd 750 duron on a msi k7t turbo
> from what i've read so far, it seems like cards with dec 21040 chips are
> preferred by at least some users, and the realtek (at least cheaper) ones are
> discouraged. i've also noticed that prices seem to vary greatly, and i'm
> trying to stay away from the $20 range of cards in general.
> i'm currently using a hawking card with a realtek rtl8139c chip and i've had
> some problems which include hanging on the boot process as well as problems
> with a mac i'm networking via ethernet to this machine. i haven't fully
> determined if these problems are specific to the ethernet card, but it seems
> like that may be the case.
> so, could someone tell me:
> what's the big advantage of the dec 21040 chip? is it that the driver is
> particularly well written? i settled on an smc etherpower 8432t card but
> then started reading about some problems with other linuxes using this card.
> then someone in tech support somewhere told me that they use intel cards
> which seem to work great.
> can someone recommend a card (make and model) that they've had first hand
> success with using freebsd?
Probably all of them work fine. We have quite a few using 3COM etherlink
(xl driver) and Intel Pro 100 (fxp driver) and have no problems.
We haven't had any experience with realtek.
> are some freebsd drivers more reliable that others? still easily configured?
Just include the drivers in the kernel and use the standard ifconfig
commands in your rc.conf.
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