On Fri, Mar 20, 1998 at 10:44:51AM -0600, Matthew D. Fuller wrote:
2) I'm open to suggestions for a cheap Plug'n'Pray PCI Ethernet
card that I can pick up locally (CompUSA/Computer City). (PNP is
now supported in stable, yes?)
Anything from 3COM or SMC should do the trick.
I've had moderate sucess with my 3Com 3C905. It's not a great card,
but it works decently, at least at 10 Mbit.
I'm going to disagree here. It is not a great _driver_, but as far as
I've been able to tell, it actually is a great card. The 590/595 are
OK cards, the 900/905 are great cards. They do full scather/gather
DMA (and IIRC checksumming), leaving them open for a zero-copy
implementation. The problem is that the driver only use them in
'compatibility mode', which doesn't exploit _anything_ - driving it at
about the efficiency-level of an NE2000.
I'm going to agree with Eivind... under Win NT the 3C905 rocks. It's only
major drawback is that it doesn't have a harward multicast filter (it has a
single bit --- accept multicast/don't). So if you are going to go high-end
and use multicast a lot, the Intel 10/100 Pro/B/+ is a better choice.
As to the driver issue, I've just begun developing a new vx driver which will
use the advanced features of the Boomerang cards(3C90?), and stay compatible
with Vortex (3C59?).
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