Choice of Ethernet Cards and Hubs

Can anyone tell me what features and brands (Asante, Belkin, Farallon, Linsky, Netgear, SMC, 3Com, etc.) would probably be best for me to look for when choosing an Ethernet card and a 5-port hub among the many Ethernet cards and hubs on the market? (One thing I know is that I can go with either ISA or PCI). I have in mind setting up a network with 2 PCs, a Mac laptop and 2 or more printers.
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fco_jimenezConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In general you should choose equipment with at least these features:

NIC:
*PCI Bus
*SNMP/RMON Management
*Dual Speed Autosensing(10/100)
*Control and Diagnostics software for Windows
*Lifetime warranty
*DMI (Desktop Management Interface), Remote wake up Support (optional)

Hubs:
In hubs is more complicated, it depends of your needs and how much money you want to spend. In general i would recommend a hub with:
*10 base T (you dont need more)
*SNMP/RMON/Web Management (for control)
*Security (for disabling ports, only give service to selected NICs)
*stackable (optional).
*Lifetime warranty


If you will install that hub in your work you should buy 3Com equipment (www.3com.com), that company have the best technology in hubs and NICs.
NIC: Etherlink 10/100 (3C905)
Hub: 12-port Superstack II PS40 (the best) or Office Connect Hub 8/TPM

I hope this info helps
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