Recommendations for NICs?
cswiger at mac.com
Thu Jan 21 18:46:49 UTC 2010
On Jan 21, 2010, at 10:20 AM, John wrote:
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> Thanks! That's perfect. I have a chance to buy a few Intel Pro
> 10/100 (fxp) cards. I guess I'll take it!
If you don't need gigabit, the fxp cards are great-- very reliable and some even support interrupt mitigation in firmware (which generally wasn't around until gigabit).
> Just curious, though - you don't mention 3Com cards one way or the other,
> yet there's a lot of them out there. Any comment on those?
The older 3com NICs used by ed/vx (including 3c5xx & NE2000 clones) tended to be flaky and had issues with buffer memory causing corrupted packet data, and they generally couldn't do bus-mastering DMA. The later 3com 9xx models used by xl are much better, but they aren't on the same level as fxp or dc-- I wouldn't bother with anything prior to a 3c905.
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