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 From:  "Alex Neuman van der Hans" <alex at nkpanama dot com>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Good NIC?
 Date:  Fri, 19 Aug 2005 13:33:02 -0500
You'd probably have to be serving hundreds of users ... Your cards cost 4?, mine cost even less ($4)
and work fine in the less-than-50-users-at-a-time environments I've had to work with so far. I've
built m0n0/pfsense boxes with 10mbps cards that work fine (since the ADSL/Cable/whatever connection
is usually less than 2mbps and the WiFi APs are set to 2Mbps to increase distance/coverage) on
machines that otherwise would be unused (old AMDK6-2's with 64MB RAM, like the one protecting the
network I'm connected to right now).

Usually when I have a site with more than 50 people using one device for
firewall/email/web/whatever, the machine is expensive enough to have come with at least one built-in
intel NIC or similar. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Heise [mailto:daniel dot heise at dhml dot de] 
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2005 1:20 PM
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Good NIC?

Is there really such a big difference between NIC's? I've bought two network cards from MS Tech for
4? per card. They implement the Realtek
8139 chipset. One of them is connected to my adsl modem the other one to a 100MBit Switch. Would I
notice any difference if I would use some more expensiv network cards? Or is this something you have
to believe in?


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