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Should I enable flow control on my NIC card?

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January 10, 2001 10:29:42 AM

I have a cheap network card and I have the options to enable flow control. The question is should I do it? I have loaded the patches from speedguide.net and do not want to enable it if it is going to slow down my cable modem connection. I know it manages the data flow but I am thinking it will have an affect on my cable modem tweaks. What do you guys think?


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January 16, 2001 5:29:39 PM

Unless you have a local network with some really slow computers on it, leave it OFF. It's just overhead. Ethernet flow control is an OSI Layer 2 function that will be ignored as soon as the data touches the cable modem.
January 16, 2001 5:32:40 PM

Yeah I did leave it off. Also when it was enabled, whenever I surfing the net I would notice the mouse stop like it was sucking up cpu time. So I say the hell with flow control!


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