Subject: Re: Supported CardBus 10/100 NICs?
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Laine Stump <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/31/1999 16:02:34
At 12:03 PM 10/31/99 -0800, Jonathan Stone wrote:
> I was acutally thinking of the
>cheap D-link/Linksys 10/100 cards at Fry's. apparently they're PCMCIA
>10/100 ne2000-alikes, not CardBus. They almost work but our ne2k
>driver cant find the MAC address...
A (totally unqualified) word of warning about 16bit PCMCIA 100Mbit ethernet
I don't have experience with the particular cards you list, but under
totally different circumstances, I had the following experience, which,
when extrapolated, leads me to believe that 16bit PCMCIA 10/100 ethernets
will never get you anywhere *near* 100Mbits of throughput.
Test OS: Win98 (I know, I know - but it was the only thing I had that worked
with the 3C-574)
Tested cards FTP throughput
3Com 3C-574TX (16bit PCMCIA 10/100) ~25Mbits/sec
3Com 3C-575TX (32bit CardBus 10/100) ~75Mbits/sec
AFAIK, the internals of these cards are at least similar, the server at the
other end was identical, and there was no other traffic on the network in
I may be totally wrong, though, since this was a different OS, and
different cards. I'm just *assuming* that PCMCIA vs. CardBus was what
caused the difference.