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 From:  Alex Neuman van der Hans <alex at nkpanama dot com>
 To:  Lee Sharp <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] m0n0wall 1.2 stop responding.
 Date:  Wed, 22 Feb 2006 17:07:02 -0500
I have several Intel and 3Com nics handy as well... But I also keep a 
couple of extra power supplies and UPSs (and a handy "bad wiring" 
3-prong-outlet detector dongle).

Lee Sharp wrote:
> From: "Jeff Buehler" <jeff at buehlertech dot com>
>
>> The real issue (in my mind) is whether or not the RealTek cards flake 
>> out under pressure - in my experience they do, but it seems that 
>> there are quite a few others who have had good luck with them.  
>> That's great, but I would still want to get a RealTek card out of the 
>> way if I was having network problems just to remove it from the 
>> troubleshooting loop.
>
> Part of the problem is that RealTek is a chip, not a card.  And the 
> chip ain't great.  But some cards are even worse.  That said, swapping 
> a card changes the card platform, the cpu load, and the power 
> requirements.  I still say swapping a power supply will solve more 
> problems that just a card. However, you are right in that eliminating 
> known trouble spots helps in finding a problem.  It is why I have 
> several spare intel nics.
>
>                        Lee
>
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Alex Neuman van der Hans
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