Network Cards Compatibility
feenberg at nber.org
Thu May 17 19:08:25 UTC 2012
On Thu, 17 May 2012, Christian ROUSSEAU wrote:
> I would like to have a list of the free bsd compatible
> network cards . Is it compatible with realtek chipset drivers. That comes
> with most PC's?
Just guessing, you have to restrict yourself to a very limited selection?
You would do better to post a list of the cards available to you and ask
what will work. I have purchased many very inexpensive (<$10) NICs and
never had a compatibility problem with whatever was the latest FreeBSD
version available at the time, although very expensive cards, and very new
motherboard with embedded NICs have sometimes not worked. Also, if you are
running an older version of FreeBSD you may have more difficulties.
My cynical view is that the vendors of cheap cards don't bother to make
modifications to the reference design, so they remain compatible.
The official list of compatible NICs is sometimes difficult to reconcile
with what is available in the local Micro-Center or Fry's, and I expect
the situation is no better where you live.
The Intel Pro/1000 is our current favorite card, but is $35. It supports
PXE booting, which we do a lot.
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