[Cialug] best supported/performing Ethernet adapter?
Nathan C. Smith
smith at ipmvs.com
Mon Jun 13 11:46:08 CDT 2005
I suppose it is a "server" in some sense of the word. ;-) More like a pile
of disks with a tiny computer attached.
I had one of the netgear gigabyte cards in this very machine, I think it
killed the machine by burying the PCI bus or something though. Everything
was slowed down so I pulled it, what's the sense of having gigabit if you
can't use it? In my experience so far, the machines with a dedicated bus
for onboard GBE, or more than one PCI bus fare better with Gigabit cards.
I'd be interested if anyone else has had a different experience. (this was
true for two much faster Windows machines as well)
Other than the price of the 3C905 cards I can't complain much about them. I
think I had them all from one batch with the same chipset though. One rumor
I heard said 3Com got crazy and put several different versions of the card
out (chipsets?) and wrote a really fat driver to cover them all. They were
some of the last of an expensive pedigree.
From: David Champion [mailto:dave at visionary.com]
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 11:27 AM
To: Central Iowa Linux Users Group
Subject: Re: [Cialug] best supported/performing Ethernet adapter?
Realtek chips aren't as bad as they used to be... but I would get
something better for a server.
I haven't seen anything recently, but the Netgear Gigabit-over-copper
cards were supposed to be about the fastest available, and only cost
The only "name brand" cards I really don't like are 3com... mostly
because of the crappy and over priced later generation 3c905 cards. The
3c595 cards were rock-solid, after that they went down hill.
Nathan C. Smith wrote:
> Realtek does OK until you pound on it with something like video+file
> Does Intel write/contribute their own Linux driver?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John.Lengeling at radisys.com [mailto:John.Lengeling at radisys.com]
> Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 10:17 AM
> To: Central Iowa Linux Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Cialug] best supported/performing Ethernet adapter?
> cialug-bounces at cialug.org wrote on 06/11/2005 10:11:46 PM:
>>I think it is a true statement that not all Ethernet cards and their
>>are equal. My sense is that the inexpensive realtek and VINE
>>chips/cards depend more on well-written drivers than intelligence
>>built into the chips/cards. Can anyone recommend a well-performing
>>100 megabit card with good Linux support? Are 3Com and Intel cards
> Intel seems to be the best for:
> - performance
> - multiple OS support
> - leading edge features like jumbo packet, VLAN, QOS
> We use a lot of their 1000G dual fiber and dual copper server cards
> with Linux. They also seem to regularly update their driver several
> times per year for bug fixes and improvements.
> You get what you pay for...all will pass ethernet packets around, but
> you pay more money to get higher performance, better drivers, leading
> edge features. I use Realteks at home since I need some to just pass
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