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 From:  "Lee Sharp" <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Questions about performance and thruput.
 Date:  Sun, 14 Jan 2007 11:54:15 -0600
From: "LEE Tet Yoon" <leety at ihug dot co dot nz>
> At 10:59 p.m. 14/01/2007, you wrote:
>>"Lee Sharp" <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org> wrote:

>>>I use Dell GX1, GX110, and GX200 small form factor PCs.  One 3com nic 
>>>onboard, and 2 PCI slots.  The CPU rangers from 450mhz to 1ghz in what I 
>>>usually find.  They are cheap, plentiful, and very solid routers.

>>I am about to build a m0n0wall out of a Dell Dimension. I have bought 
>>three Intel Pro nics to put in it, but it has a 3com already in it.  Do 
>>you find the 3coms in dell machines performs ok, or should I replace it 
>>with an Intel?  I had to replace it if it is not necessary.

> It'll probably help if you specify what kind of throughput you need. For 
> example, I'm restricted to 2mbit/128k so it doesn't really matter much 
> IMHO if I only have a realtek 8129...

I have seen the other side of this.  An unstable nic can make for an 
unstable box, regardless of speed.  That said, I have used a lot of realtec 
nics, but many people have had stability problems with them.