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Old 05-16-2004, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Which Network Cards???

Which network card would you guy's reccomand and why.

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Old 05-16-2004, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cheap and dependable.

Also, D-Link and 3com are decent too.

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Old 05-17-2004, 12:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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wireless or just normal LAN card?
If wireless I would recommend D-Link, cheap and faster (I think)
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Old 05-17-2004, 12:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a d-link lan card that i bought new for $14 and it has worked perfect, never a problem.
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Old 05-17-2004, 03:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Shrapnill

Cheap and dependable.

Also, D-Link and 3com are decent too.
I think linksys is just cheap, period. I have had many IRQ issues with them. My one windows 2000 machine has had numerous forced shutdowns due to "IRQL not less or equal" errors generated by the linksys card. I know it was my linksys card because I analyzed the mini dumps. I would recommend NetGear, as they are reportedly more IRQ friendly. Also with the linksys NIC I have if the system utilizes over 60 connections over my network the NIC card malfunctions. This is very noticeable while using programs such as Bittorrent.
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Old 05-24-2004, 11:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If I have a on board lan on my motherboard where my broadband plugs into, would I nessesairly need a network card?... All I see on the back of network cards are phone line jacks, no ethernet.
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Old 05-25-2004, 12:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Definitely use Ethernet; if you are using a direct internet connection medium (e.g. to a broadband modem), HomePNA (via RJ11 jacks) simply doesn't suffice - you're limited to a link speed of only 1 Mbps.

If your motherboard already comes with onboard LAN, an extra NIC isn't necessary unless you want to use a dedicated connection for each.

I personally use the D-Link (which my ISP provided for me), and haven't had any issues as of yet.

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