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Old 10-29-2003, 03:56 PM   #1
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which NIC to buy ? (redhat 8.0 or 9.0)

or maybe i should ask, "which NIC chipsets are best supported by RH ?", any suggestions ?

( i see lots of people having problems with netgear products, although i like a good challenge, i'm trying to avoid having to send a card back that has a chipset that just isnt supported yet, which is what happened when i ventured into the wonderful world of wirless networking a few months ago, inadvertently bought a linksys card with a broadcom chipset not a "prism" chipset...but anyway i digress, i'm now looking for a common old inexpensive ethernet NIC for another box)



(btw i switched to netgear for the wireless and it works very well!)
Old 10-29-2003, 04:14 PM   #2
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I have two Realtek RTL-8139 chipset based 10/1000 mbps NICS from two different Manufacterers that work with no problems. One is a realtek card and the other was a cheapo US robotics nic from PCworld, cheaper than the PC line product. It came with drivers for NIC, which were compiled for another version of the compiling tool which didnt work. However ran kudzu which found the nic as for strange reason not seen at boot. Installed and picked the realtek driver in redhat and all works fine. Previous Realtek nic worked ok in Redhat 8.0 also.

Hope this helps.
Old 10-29-2003, 04:48 PM   #3
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thanks RHmicko, i'll take a closer look at the realtek products.


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realtek 8139 supported in almost every distribution of linux


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