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December 29, 2001 5:02:32 PM

Hi, I want to buy a network card (10/100) and I don't know what to buy. I want to know what make a card better than the other one.

I live in Canada and I don't buy from the web, so if you tell me what to buy please take this in consideration !!!

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December 29, 2001 5:25:44 PM

Get the cheapest u can find. They're all the same.

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December 30, 2001 2:21:02 AM

What do u mean by reliable. I have a no name, and am constantly connected to internet, and no probs.

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
December 30, 2001 5:13:03 AM

You are taking chance when you buy No brand parts. Some of the no brand PSU works great but others might have problem.
December 30, 2001 11:46:30 AM

I have a Linksys card but I used to have a no-name brand. It hogged CPU resources!

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
December 30, 2001 5:50:30 PM

Really? How do I check how much resources mine uses?

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
December 30, 2001 6:49:33 PM

Under Win2000/XP use Task Manager while downloading a large file or while copying a file off a networked computer. Under Win9x/Me use System Monitor.

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
December 30, 2001 8:40:01 PM

And how much is a large amount?


My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
December 30, 2001 8:41:30 PM

OK, while uploading something, it said 4% resources used....considering I was also running AIM, playing a song, and Zonealarm, I'd say it's ok. What do u think?

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
December 30, 2001 8:56:32 PM

Yeah, that sounds good.

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
December 30, 2001 9:09:39 PM

W/o anything running, except upload and AIM, it's at 0%.

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
December 30, 2001 9:31:14 PM

hmm, that's pretty good, how fast is your processor?

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
December 30, 2001 9:31:42 PM

1.2Ghz

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
December 30, 2001 9:50:21 PM

yeah, anything over 1GHz will probably get under 1% utilization with a decent NIC card.

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
December 30, 2001 11:43:08 PM

Hmm, my NIC is from Allied Telesync International, aka Ati! Wondering if I should return it:) 

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
December 30, 2001 11:58:20 PM

lol, I don't think ATI stands for anything.

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
December 31, 2001 11:21:46 AM

oooo, thanks, quite interesting!

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
January 1, 2002 2:24:44 PM

just stay in the brand name nics

i hear that intel has good one that are out but i'm not sure how expensive they are

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January 3, 2002 2:09:56 AM

linksys are crap...period....just like a win modem. D-links are ok, but just so-so. If you want the best go with either 3com or intell, 3coms are the best in my book.

It's not what they tell you, its what they don't tell you!
January 3, 2002 12:43:56 PM

Linksys are not crap! They make excellent NICs and routers, hehe!

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
January 3, 2002 11:22:53 PM

Best network card? Intel Pro Management series

Best network card for you? DLink DFE-530TX+ should cost under CDN$30 at any store near you.

- JW
January 4, 2002 12:25:51 AM

I have a few 3com NIC. They are great.
January 4, 2002 12:47:19 AM

Linksys are awesome! 3com is WAY overpriced, as are the intels. Jeez, just for some dumb encryption system, $4300 NIC!!!

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
January 4, 2002 2:17:36 AM

Sorry, lynksys nics stink......They have a few nice budget kvm's and even switches but there NICs use more cpu resources and have higher latency. Your not going to find many lynksys nics deployed across large business networks. There is a reason for this. They also tend to crap out at the slightest of increase to the FSB ( this is actually an area in which Intel nics do well). Here is a small quote from a recent THG review:


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unlike most vendors, 3Com is building and designing its own ASIC, which does give them an advantage.

Another reader suggest Intel pro managment series, this is another top notch contender. Not to mention either one of these two has native support from win 95 on up.

As for cost well maybe I am spoiled, I have been getting mine free for some time now. You can also pick these up dirt cheap many places such as ebay.

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January 4, 2002 2:20:01 AM

Well, I have a no name that worsk just fine.;)

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
January 4, 2002 5:19:09 PM

if you want a very good lan card, go to 3COM.


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January 6, 2002 12:14:20 PM

Pretty much any card is okay, just check to make sure it does checksum processing on the card and doesn't offload to the CPU.

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January 6, 2002 12:34:41 PM

"Pretty much any card is okay"

How can you say that ?


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January 6, 2002 2:41:18 PM

Intel gets my vote. I have a pile of Etherexpress PCI NICs (company I worked for wouldn't reuse them when older machines were replaced in the field, so us engineers got to keep 'em).

These get used in all my systems, all of which are overclocked (sometimes an issue for NIC's).
January 6, 2002 2:58:48 PM

can you send me some ?

thanks a lot. :) 


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