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Oatz

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Which Gigabit NIC to buy?
« on: March 23, 2009, 05:05:21 pm »
Belkin Gigabit Desktop Network PCI Card (F5D5005) - 10/100/1000Mbps
D-Link DGE-530T 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit PCI Network Adapter
Intel (PWLA8391GT) Pro/1000 GT Desktop Adapter, PCI Slot

The Intel is $40 and the others $24. Will any of these work out of the box with 710?

I would prefer the DLink (cheap/same brand as my gigabit switch) which uses the "skge" module, but I'm not sure if this is included with 710.

Thanks!


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jimmejames

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Re: Which Gigabit NIC to buy?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 05:35:41 pm »
The ones you list look like they're all PCI, not PCI-e.  For a PCI-e option:

I bought the one from this thread:  http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=6806.0

Here's the direct link  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166019&Tpk=33-166-019


It is in my core and runs my internal network- no issues what-so-ever.  It works out of the box with 710 and is cheap.  Seth mentioned he couldn't get it to PXE boot, but as that I have it in my core that's not a problem.

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Re: Which Gigabit NIC to buy?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 07:37:40 pm »
Threw one of these in and it worked out of the box. Which, given LinuxMCE, is a blessing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033

FWIW: all NICs are not created equal. Build quality, processor overhead, onboard processor, realtime througput. For the WAN (internet) port it's not that critical (unless you've got an insane connection), but if you're going to serve multiple streams, particularly HD, I wouldn't skimp on a card.






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Re: Which Gigabit NIC to buy?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 01:41:54 am »
Great, thx. I think I will stick with an Intel card then.