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Old 06-03-2004, 07:17 PM   #1
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FreeBSD Recommended NIC


I'm a FBSD newbie, and just installed it today. I have an A7N8X Deluxe Mobo, with onboard nForce2. So far I havn't managed to get my ethernet internet connection working, and I'm not sure if there are drivers which exist for nforce on freebsd. If there are, I would like some help on how to install them (like I said, I really am new to this).

On the other hand, I don't mind buying a NIC, in which case my question is what NIC would you recommend? Preferably one that works 'out of the box' with FreeBSD, so hopefully I can learn how to operate this OS.

A responce to either part of my question would be greatly appreciated. I couldn't find much similar on the forum, so I hope I'm not making a repeat question.

Thanks

-Chris
 
Old 06-03-2004, 07:40 PM   #2
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Well, you didn't mention what version of FreeBSD you were going to use, so I will assume 5.2.1.

http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.2.....html#ETHERNET

There's the list of supported ethernet devices, and I don't see yours on there, so get one of those, if you really want me to give you a specific one, I would go with a 3com personally.

ie. 3C905 using XL driver.
 
Old 06-03-2004, 07:43 PM   #3
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God I'm a moron, can't believe I forgot to mention the version, but yes it is 5.2.1. I'll check that link out now and come back to you, cheers.

-Chris
 
Old 06-03-2004, 08:22 PM   #4
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http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=45486

Do you think I'd be ok with that?

-Crisp
 
Old 06-03-2004, 10:01 PM   #5
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Yes i am sure that will work. You will be hard pressed to find network cards FreeBSD does not support.

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Old 06-03-2004, 11:22 PM   #6
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it works with the ed driver
 
Old 06-04-2004, 03:23 AM   #7
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I, and nearly everyone I've ever talked to absolutely rave about the Intel NICs and PHYs. Anything with the Intel 21143 chipset, or 8255[5|7|9] chipset should be outstanding.

Beware of 3COM. Some of their 3C905 cards are very good, and others are total disasters. A quick search of Google will reveal many problems with very specific versions of the 3C905 chipsets, so be sure to look before you leap.

Personally, I prefer to never stray from "fxp" or "dc" cards (by driver name) and I haven't been burned yet. I've had nothing but pain from cards based on National Semiconductor and Realtek chipsets.
 
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I bought a bulk lot of 3C905CX-TX-M cards off ebay (still shrink wrapped) and they work great. -- before all of my computers had Realtek cards and I realized that there were all randomly dropping packets by almost 33% of throughput! Never again will I use Realtek cards, oh by the way, they are for sale if anyone wants to buy the pieces of junk.
 
  


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