David Kelly dkelly at
Mon May 4 21:00:27 UTC 2009

On Mon, May 04, 2009 at 04:31:16PM -0400, Robert Huff wrote:
> 	Conversely, cards based on RealTek chips have a reputation of
> being both inexpensive /and/ cheap.  (This may or may not be true of
> the wireless cards.)

The first generation of RealTek chips were little more than a shift
register and deserved a poor reputation for requiring a lot of CPU
resources. That got RT into market share and now have satisfactory

> 	The drivers for the Intel cards are written by Intel; I've got
> a dual-port Pro/1000 GT, and the thing is a _rock_.

Ditto. Intel NICs are exceptionally well supported. If one must run
Windows, an Intel NIC and Intel driver provide a lot of features which
are otherwise missing.

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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