Re: PCI netcards that are good for Linux

Andrew E. Mileski (
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 19:14:03 -0400 (EDT)

> >i have had a great time with cheap ne2k clones
> >i have two linux boxen linked up each with $26 pci ne2k clones and i
> >routienely get > 1000k/s (compressed data) on ftp xfers between them
> which cards do you use ? I used to be quite happy with my Accton 1652's
> (ISA, thin coax) but one of them broke down, and I'm having a hard time
> finding a replacement. Tried one SN2000, one RL2000, neither works. I get
> the impression that the automatic media detection on these cards fails.

Well, I have ISA RealTek RTL8019 based cards that work wonderfully.
They have PnP support, but that can be disabled if you desire - they
will then operate as either "jumpered" or "jumper-less" mode, which
you set using a DOS program.

I got them because the PCI versions (RTL8029) have been equally wonderful,
and I needed a card for my '386 which is ISA.

> Should I (1) get a hub and switch to UTP (2) get PCI versions (3) get some
> other NE2000 clone, or (4) use a different card alltogether ??

1 - If you have the money (they are $200 Cdn around here - ouch!).
100baseT hubs are hugely expensive too :-(
2 - Sure, as you don't have to worry about hardware settings
3&4 - If you are having trouble, then that's a good reason to look
elsewhere :-)

If I had more money, I think I'd get some Tulip based cards.

> I need something wellknown, because it must be supported by DOS/WIN, WIN
> NT, WIN95, OS/2 on the Pentium and by WIN NT on the Alpha/AXP. And, most
> important, by Linux on both architectures.

The RealTek cards work great in Windows (is _anything_ great in Windows?)
RealTek makes chips, and _lots_ of NIC makers are buying and using them.
They also have a web site with drivers, and are working to improve them.
A good sign IMHO.

Andrew E. Mileski