Network card roundup

— 6:58 PM on April 2, 2001

DSL/Cable webserver asks which is the best network card?

A question that I get asked quite often is "Which is the best network card?". Strangely enough, after years of looking around, I still haven't found an answer. What you usually hear is "It doesn't really matter", "I only trust 3com", or my favorite response: "I bought a cheap NIC and it died within two weeks. Now I only use brand X". What I'm trying to say is that there has not been any REAL data to substantiate the differences between the different network cards.

This roundup is here to give some answers to the dubious question "Which is the best network card". What you'll find may surprise you. Or maybe it'll substantiate what you already believed.

I decided to compare only network cards that were capable of 10/100 Mbps. The reason I chose to do this is because the price of network cards has dropped so low that there isn't really any point to purchasing a card that can only run at 10 Mbps. For a few bucks more, you'll have a card that is theoretically 10 times faster.

Their comparison continues here.
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