Subject: Re: low-cost Gigabit card recommendations?
To: Thomas Klausner <>
From: Jeff Rizzo <>
List: tech-net
Date: 04/25/2006 00:06:25
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Thomas Klausner wrote:
> Hi!
> I'm looking for low-cost Gigabit network cards.
> >From currently available models, it seems the following are
> low-cost and supported:
> Belkin Gigabit Desktop	sk(4)
> D-Link DGE-528T		re(4)
> D-Link DGE-530T		sk(4)
>  =20
I have one of these.  Seems to work OK.
> D-Link DGE-550T		stge(4)
> Linksys EG1032v2	sk(4)
> 	[How do I recognize v2 before buying?]
>  =20
You probably don't, unless the box says something. (Yay, vendors)  v3 (I
have one of these) should be supported by re(4).
> Netgear GA311		re(4)
> SMC 9452TX		gsip(4)
> ZyXEL GN-650T		vge(4)
>  =20

I have the ZyXEL as well - haven't pushed it, but it's the cheapest
64-bit card I found.
> Which one of these would you recommend and why?
> Some other low-cost models that I didn't find in man pages are:
> Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter (PWLA8391GT)	wm?
> Intel PRO/1000 PT Desktop Adapter (EXPI9300PT)	wm?
>  =20

Yes, these are probably wm.
> US Robotics Gigabit Ethernet Card
>  =20
I have one of these, it's a re(4).
> Are any of these supported too, or could be easily supported,
> and would be preferable?
>  =20

In general, avoid re(4) like the plague.  They _are_ cheap, though, and
they'll work in a pinch.  sk(4) seems to work pretty well for me, and
wm(4) is ok since Jason fixed the jumbo frames problem, though there
seems to be a number of boards that _should_ work with wm that don't. =20
I don't have any experience with gsip(4) or stge(4).


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