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 From:  "Lee Sharp" <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org>
 To:  "m0n0wall" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Ethernet Cards and Appliances
 Date:  Fri, 21 Oct 2005 13:33:49 -0500
From: "Jim Thompson" <jim at netgate dot com>

> On Oct 21, 2005, at 6:53 AM, Lee Sharp wrote:

>> And keep in mind that the onboard VIA ether ports are in the same  class 
>> as the D-link...

> Could you "show your work" here?   Do they fail at throughput tests,  or 
> suddenly go off-line, or somehow fail in-service?

> Or is this one of those, "If its not Intel or 3Com, it must suck"  things?

Actually, I was trying to avoid the realtek is buggy, no it is not jihad. 
:-)  Intel has a driver that leaves a lot of the heavy lifting on the card. 
So does 3-com.  Most cheap NICs leave a lot of the heavy lifting to the CPU. 
Personally, I like Intel, but YMMV.