Subject: Re: Multiport Ethernet NICs
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List: tech-kern
Date: 07/05/2000 13:52:48
>I'm looking for one or more Ethernet adapters for the i386, ISA or
>PCI, with multiple, isolated interfaces and ports.  I have a few
>Genius combined NIC and hub (five ports, one reversible) adapters
>and I'm saddened to hear that they've been discontinued.  But they
>aren't what I want.  I have a multi-homed host and I would dearly
>like fewer than the four adapters I will need really soon.  Even
>two ports per card would seem a great improvement.
>Naturally, NetBSD support (hm, I'm running 1.3.1 on that host, but
>I will upgrade if necessary) is of the essence.  With some help, I
>my even be able to hack up a driver.  And it is becoming progressively
>urgent :-(

	there are quad DEC-chip (tlp) cards, and dual Intel-chip (fxp)
	cards available on the market.  for example,

	the problem would be PCI IRQ sharing (likely to be mandatory if you
	have many pci devices), which may or may not hurt performance.