I had problems with 3com 3c905 and would recommend intels
Jonathan De Graeve
Jonathan dot de dot graeve at imelda dot be
> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: Lee Sharp [mailto:leesharp at hal dash pc dot org]
> Verzonden: zondag 20 november 2005 19:20
> Aan: M0n0Wall ML
> Onderwerp: Re: [m0n0wall] High CPU usage
> From: "Sasa Stupar" <sasa at stupar dot homelinux dot net>
> > --On 18. november 2005 7:32 +0100 Sasa Stupar
> <sasa at stupar dot homelinux dot net>
> >> --On 18. november 2005 0:25 -0600 Lee Sharp <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org>
> >>> From: "Sasa Stupar" <sasa at stupar dot homelinux dot net>
> >>>> --On 17. november 2005 18:38 -0500 "Bryan K. Brayton"
> >>>> <bryan at sonicburst dot net> wrote:
> >>>>> Well, my psychic sense tells me he's running a Pentium 166 Mhz
> >>>>> deskpro, running on a 66 MHz bus...
> >>>>> Strangely, my esp fails me trying to read his NIC manufacturers
> >>>> All three NIC's are Realtek 8139 series.
> >>> Well, the CPU is a fairly weak starting point. You are also light
> >>> memory. However, the network cards are the killer. They are the
> >>> equivalent of a WinModem. All of the "heavy lifting" is done by
> >>> CPU.
> >>> If you bump the memory up to 128 meg, and replace the nics with
> >>> http://www.directron.com/8460c.html or
> >>> bk&txtMfgPartNo=&nCategorySubID=125&txtSiteTrack=pw I would bet
> >>> throughput will go up significantly. Perhaps even double.
> >> I was suspecting that the NIC are the issue. I think memory is not
> >> when I look at the system info it shows only 40% of used memory.
> > OK. Now I am in the search for NIC. I looked on the link but here I
> > get those. Can anyone recommend which NIC ( a list) would be
> > buy.
> > I can get the following:
> > - Netgear FA311
> > - 3com 3C905 series
> Intel is widely regarded as the best FreeBSD nics, since they write
> driver for them in house. 3com also is highly regarded, but not as
> as Intel. Via Rhine chipsets have been reported to be quite good as
> The Netgear uses it's own chipset, so it will be better than the
> but not as good as the Intel or the 3com.
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