[nSLUG] Re NICs
jim at on-site.ns.ca
Wed May 29 18:13:44 ADT 2002
The TULIP chip referred to in a recent thread was a DEC part. Intel was a
second source when DEC was in the foundry business. With Compaq taking
over DEC, Compaq did not want a foundry. DEC's foundry is now called Intel
Mass. or similar. Intel now makes (made) the Alpha processor and still
makes the tulip chip.
Locally the chip is available on a very fine Aopen card called the AON-315.
This has the Intel brand (nee DEC) 21143 10/100 chip. It works very well. It
is all I use.
The Realtek chip sets are an NE2000 clone. The first chip was the 16 bit
ISA chip.. Slow but sturdy. They then kludged on PCI plug and Play and
made a PCI chip set. Slow and with lots of CPU overhead. Then they further
kludged it to go to 100mb and in that guise is an 8139 chip.
The RealTek chipsets in general do NOT work well with multiple protocols
running. With a single protocol they will run. However several software
vendors, Business Vision, PCLaw among them have said they cannot
support their software if the nics have RealTek chip sets. Summary "Don't
Intel server cards are usually available on their web site as a promo. The
landed price is about 25% less than the current dealer cost locally.
Very good cards. The AON315 is a low cost almost equal card but using the
Many 3com cards have documented timing errors. They get early/late
transmissions and inconsistant interframe spacing. The windows drivers tend
to be the flavour or version of the week. Unbelievable variety in similarly
numbered cards. eg 3c905b and c x all may or may not have different
drivers. My feeling is that any 3com is a card that should be on the 'not
recommended' list. Many of my clients network issues have been cured by
putting in the AON315 to replace 3COM. The Netware lists I subscribe to
have never found a good thing to say about them.
I do use the on-board Intel nics on some motherboards. I have 2 redhat 6.2
server running and one W2k running with the on-board intel nics. Stable.
Reliable. Not very cheap when they come on Intel motherboards. Good 3
year warranty from Intel on the boards though.
For eval of Intel go to
and on the right see the evaluation program link.
Lots of luck
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