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Date:      Sun, 18 Mar 2001 05:51:58 -0500
From:      "Andrew C. Hornback" <>
To:        <>
Subject:   RE: fxp vs xl: should I buy 3c905B or wait for a Intel PRO 100+
Message-ID:  <000001c0af99$74b12f40$0e00000a@tomcat>
In-Reply-To: <002a01c0af73$e8943220$>

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Ted
> Mittelstaedt
> Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2001 1:23 AM
> To: Mario Sergio Fujikawa Ferreira; freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> Subject: RE: fxp vs xl: should I buy 3c905B or wait for a Intel PRO 100+
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> >[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Mario Sergio
> >Fujikawa Ferreira
> >Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2001 7:06 PM
> >To: freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> >Subject: fxp vs xl: should I buy 3c905B or wait for a Intel PRO 100+
> >
> >
> >Hi,
> >
> >	This might be a bit out of topic. Perhaps, more than a bit.
> >Hence, the long subject so that ppl won't waste much time over it.
> >	I am in the process of acquiring good 100MB network cards
> >for a local home network.
> >	I was aiming for Intel PRO 100+ due to the good histories
> >heard on -questions and -hackers. Specially, about the fxp driver.
> >	However, I cannot find any here. Nor any of the Intel PRO
> >cards (VE/+/B) except S models which are overkill (not to mention
> >over budget).
> Then look into a realtek chipset based card (using the rl driver) or
> a card based on the DEC 21143, here's a list from version 4.2 of cards
> that have this chipset:
>  Digital DE500-BA, Kingston KNE100TX, D-Link DFE-570TX, SOHOware SFA110,
>  SVEC PN102-TX, CNet Pro110B, 120A, and 120B, Compex RL100-TX,
>  LinkSys LNE100TX, LNE100TX V2.0, Jaton XpressNet, Alfa Inc GFC2204,
>  KNE110TX.

	I really have to argue with this one here.  Clients of mine have had
problems galore with the RealTek based cards.  The DEC21143 may be a good
NIC platform, but my personal "weapon of choice" is the SMC 9432TX.  These
cards perform flawlessly under any OS that I've installed them with
(FreeBSD, NT, 2000, 95, 98, Linux and even Solaris!) and have amazing
performance, even on a 10 Base T hub.  To top it all off, these cards are
relatively cheap.  The last few that I picked up were $5 each (at auction)
in OEM packaging with original manuals and driver diskettes.  Can't get 10
Base T NICs for prices like that, much less 10/100s.

--- Andy

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