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Re: Network Slowdowns?

From: Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 07:11:07 +0800

Justin C. Sherrill wrote:

On Sun, October 8, 2006 1:39 pm, Jonas Trollvik wrote:

We *always* replace 3Com on general principal when encountered, and
at our own (not client) expense. Not about right or wrong, its about
what works *always* and what doesn't always work.

Odd, we do the exact opposite, replacing all non-3Com NICs we come across with 3Com NICs, for the exact same reason you do: to get something that we know works, and works reliably. :)

At a prior job I had, we'd buy large quantities of (mostly PCI) network
cards and hand them out with cable modem installation, at probably the
rate of 20-30 a week.

We started with 3Com cards, and then switched to RealTek, because they
were a third of the price, and (totally counter to my expectations) had
half the Dead-On-Arrival rate of the 3Coms.  The biggest Realtek issue was
Windows driver quality.

The RealTek are a bit like the old 'Timex' watches.

The design was so crude they had no *right* to work at all!

But they were cheap and cheerful (chipset cost reputedly one Hong Kong dollar, i.e under 13 cents US) - so - some very determined folks wrote drivers for them that worked around the problems quite well, and NIC's dropped from US$200+ to HK$ 100, then less.

My watchmakers told me, BTW, that the reason the Timex could 'take a licking and keep on ticking' was that the mainspring used to power them more properly belonged in a wall-clock, and was powerful enough to drive sandy gears and corroded bearings that would have stopped a Rolex cols.

So, too the original RealTek when backed-up by a powerful CPU and fast RAM.

The Intel & 3Com NICs of similar vintage, OTOH, were capable of being fully functional, doing low-level handshaking, and looking for / providing netboot even if the CPU was 'hors de combat'.


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