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Date:      Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:52:27 -0600
From:      David Kelly <>
To:        John <>
Subject:   Re: Recommendations for NICs?
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On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 12:20:34PM -0600, John wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 10:12:29AM -0800, Chuck Swiger wrote:
> > 
> > Intel (fxp, em) and Broadcom (bce, bge) make fine NICs, and the
> > older DEC/Intel 21x4x Tulip series (dc/de) was quite good as well.
> > The Marvel Yukon (msk) and nVidia MCP (nfe/nve) seem to be OK
> > (although older nVidia hardware had bugs); the Realtek (re/rl) and
> > VIA (vr/vge) are at the bottom of the heap, especially the older
> > pre-gigabit hardware.
> Thanks!  That's perfect.  I have a chance to buy a few Intel Pro
> 10/100 (fxp) cards.  I guess I'll take it!

Snag 'em! My favorite "no worry NIC." In recent years one could pick
them up surplus for $2 to $5. Then "they just work." And if one is
forced to use Windows the Intel driver (not the one Windows ships) adds
a lot of useful stuff which is missing, such as the ability to *see*
(without leaving the application) what IP address the card is using.

Oh, and not only that but the Intel cards work (without need to install
drivers) on MacOS X PCI machines.

> 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?

3com's downfall has been due to their mixed bag of sometimes great,
sometimes disappointing.

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

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