?
Solved

What should I look for in buying a ethernet card?

Posted on 2002-06-01
13
Medium Priority
?
197 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I need a new ethernet card. It needs to be PCI. It needs to be XP compatible. All it needs to do is link my broadband (cable) modem to my computer. I prefer the fastest and most up to date technology available.
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD LOOK FOR OR STAY AWAY FROM? ANY PARTICULAR BRAND BETTER THAN OTHERS?

Please reply quickly...

Thanks,
duvall
0
Comment
Question by:duvall
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
13 Comments
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
Boling earned 200 total points
ID: 7048553
I have had good luck with the Linksys Etherfast 10/100 Lan cards (Model No. LNE100TX), although I am sure that there are others which are comparable.

This card is also cheap.  I paid about $14 each.
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:slink9
ID: 7048558
I have also used LinkSys quite a bit.  They normally work well.  In a low-end application such as yours, this is probably the best for you.  All cards are 10/100 now, which means that it will drop down to 10M if the router only supports that speed and will run at 100M if that is supported.
Cheap and reliable sounds like a good combination.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:tmj883
ID: 7048574
LinkSys...is gooood, agreed...T
0
Manage your data center from practically anywhere

The KN8164V features HD resolution of 1920 x 1200, FIPS 140-2 with level 1 security standards and virtual media transmissions at twice the speed. Built for reliability, the KN series provides local console and remote over IP access, ensuring 24/7 availability to all servers.

 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:Crash2100
ID: 7048685
I also agree with the comments on linksys.  If you really want up-to-date go gigabit ethernet.  But unfortunately it won't do you any good just using it for a cable modem, because they can't go any higher than 10mbps.

Linksys Instant Gigabit Network Adapter (32-bit)
http://www.pcconnection.com/scripts/productdetail.asp?product_id=248205
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:slink9
ID: 7048804
Crash ... and burn.  Same thought here, but 10/100 is basically useless in this case because the max is 10M.  But hey, if you have more money than you can use, buy the gigabit.  Then send me the rest that you don't want.  I can sure use it.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:CRAK
ID: 7048984
A different question for duvall and all involved here:

Why PCI... not USB?

It's available in 10/100Mbps, saves a slot, saves IRQ troubles, easier to install ("mount") etc.
I'd recommend alternatives for the onboard PCI slots as their number is rather limited. USB is ready to connect up to 127 devices!
I've got one myself to connect to a cable modem (512/128kbps) via a router. I've used 3Com PCI cards before, but this is much easier!
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:slink9
ID: 7048996
That depends on what you want.  USB has it's problems also.  I had rather use USB for external devices such as cameras, PDAs, and keyboards and mice, even.  Just a matter of choice.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:magarity
ID: 7049124
Cable modems are 10Mbit half duplex...  Do you want the fastest and most up to date technology just to spend extra money for nothing?  Go to the local electronics superstore and get the cheapest thing they stock with a Windows2000/XP compatibility sticker.  It will be faster than the cable modem.  I use a 16bit ISA network card with my cable modem and assure you there is no performance difference between that and a 64bit gigabit PCI network adapter.
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:slink9
ID: 7049135
No matter what you get there, I don't believe it will be cheaper than a $15 Linksys.
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:alfanhendro
ID: 7050260
maybe you want to consider to get one with wake-on-lan feature, so you can boot up your computer from anywhere using the internet. you'll need to check on your motherboard and get the correct software tough. go to download.com and search for "wake on lan network" or
"wol network".
i don't know whether the models mentioned above have the wol feature or not, but you can just check on the box( same thing also to your motherboard. get the manual, see whether it says something about the wol or not).
for compability with winXP, you can check in microsoft hardware compability list
http://www.microsoft.com/hcl/default.asp
hope it helps.
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:Smokintbird
ID: 7051669
here's something for your future reference:
http://www.computeruser.com/about/advertise.html

look at the map, and if you live in any of the cities shown, you can send them an email, and ask for a list of locations you can pickup a current copy of the "Computer User" magazine.  It is a free publication that has LOTS of local computer stores advertising their price lists for all kinds of computer hardware.

I always check through the newest magazine when I get ready to purchase a new piece of hardware.  

Just a suggestion, but it has saved me a TON of money.  IE: I live in Atlanta, and at bestbuy, their cheapest PCI network card is $19.99...   the cheapest place around here to buy computer hardware is Ginstar Computers (Http://www.ginstar.com) and they've got one for $9.99 that's XP compatable.

$10.00 just on your first piece of equiptment, is a healthy savings, and in my opinion worth the trouble of looking around.

Good luck.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:magarity
ID: 7051710
We have all replied quickly as requested, can we hear back from duvall?  Do you have any followup questions or need someone's opinion clarified?
0
 

Author Comment

by:duvall
ID: 7052585
For answering FIRST!
0

Featured Post

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Monitor input from a computer is usually nothing special.  In this instance it prevented anyone from using the computer.  This was a preconfiguration that didn't work.
What do we know about Legacy Video Conferencing? - Full IT support needed! - Complicated systems at outrageous prices! - Intense training required! Highfive believes we need to embrace a new alternative.
In this video, Percona Solution Engineer Dimitri Vanoverbeke discusses why you want to use at least three nodes in a database cluster. To discuss how Percona Consulting can help with your design and architecture needs for your database and infras…
In this video, Percona Director of Solution Engineering Jon Tobin discusses the function and features of Percona Server for MongoDB. How Percona can help Percona can help you determine if Percona Server for MongoDB is the right solution for …
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month11 days, 5 hours left to enroll

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question