Subject: RE: Network Interface Cards
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: port-i386
Date: 09/30/2000 13:24:31
[ On Saturday, September 30, 2000 at 09:43:00 (+0100), David Brownlee wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: Network Interface Cards
> On Fri, 29 Sep 2000, Brian Gregor wrote:
> >
> > 
> > Any thoughts on the SMC/Western Digital 8013 ISA cards?  I used 
> > a bunch for a while on my home LAN with good results under
> > various UNIXes and Windows.
> 	By all accounts they are pretty similar to ne2000 but with a
> 	shared memory buffer so you avoid an extra copy.

I am in fact now using ne2000 clones to much better satisfaction (though
FAR from ideal) in my 486 router/firewall than the WD8013WC's I just
mentioned in my previous post:

	ne0 at isa0 port 0x300-0x31f irq 10
	ne0: NE2000 Ethernet
	ne0: supplying EUI64: 00:40:33:ff:fe:20:bc:99
	ne0: Ethernet address 00:40:33:20:bc:99
	ne1 at isa0 port 0x320-0x33f irq 11
	ne1: NE2000 Ethernet
	ne1: Ethernet address 00:40:33:25:ab:94

	# ping -f proven
	PING ( 56 data bytes
	.^? PING Statistics----
	1095 packets transmitted, 1095 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
	round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 3.216/3.853/21.300/1.283 ms
	  247.5 packets/sec sent,  247.7 packets/sec received

ftp get says:  3430337 bytes received in 00:11 (298.51 KB/s) (to /dev/null)
ftp put says:  4110702 bytes sent in 00:17 (223.65 KB/s) (from /netbsd)

FYI it's not the disk as 'dd if=/netbsd of=/dev/null' says:

	4110702 bytes transferred in 7 secs (587243 bytes/sec)

(This is with 1.4V still, BTW)

However what I forgot to mention was that the the WDC 8013EPC cards are
VERY fast (and VERY rare around here!)  I know where there's one of
those in someone else's little 486 that'll do > 1,200 pps!

If anyone finds a bucket with a bunch of those models I'll take 6 or
more at the right price! :-)

							Greg A. Woods

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