Re: PCI netcards that are good for Linux

Joel Philip Jaeggli (
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 09:22:13 -0700 (PDT)

To get the smc etherpower pci's to work in my machine (2.0.27) I had to
get the newest tulip driver from:

My question I guess would be if there are plans to merge the .73 driver
into the kernel source tree. The one in 2.0.27 seems to be from the 1.2

Performance wise I see 22.4 Mbps transfer rates between my pc and one of
our sun ultra's...


On Tue, 10 Jun 1997, Martin Mares wrote:

> Hi,
> > I'm curious about a certain PCI card that our work just got
> > for a few of our machines. How do the SMC EtherPower PCI cards hold out under
> > load and performance-wise in general and under Linux? I noticed it was based
> > off a Digital chip and I vaguely remember hearing bad things on the list about
> > lots of the 'tulip' cards that were as bad as the ne2000 cards.
> I didn't test 10Mbit SMC's, but the 100Mbit ones are really excellent.
> 10.5 MByte per second between two PC's! (e.g., 3Coms on the same setup
> were capable of transmitting approx. 7 MB/sec).
> On the other hand, I think such questions are a bit off-topic on this list.
> Martin

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