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How to tell speed of NIC card

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I have a customer who recently purchased a new  1gig/100mb  hub.  She says she has only noticed a slight
increase in performance.  Since her computer is a Windows98, I'm wondering if she has a 10base T card.
Is there a simple way she can check from her computer interface to see what speed her NIC is?  
If it isa 10/100, is there a way to check if it is performing optimally?
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Question by:Mach1pro
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by:ShineOn
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If her computer is Win98, it isn't likely she'd see an improvement between 100-base and 1000-base T.  It just can't cut it, OS-wise...
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She can go into device manager and see what model the NIC is, which will easily translate through a google search into how fast it can go.
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Or go into the network properties and look at the settings on the card.

She may very well have a 100 MB/s NIC and the driver is set to 10 MB/s.

ShineOn is right, tho, that W98 really can't sustain the throughput that any decent 100 MB/s NIC can handle. Downside of using a mickey-mouse OS like Windoze.
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by:sp10de
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Who's the manufacturer?

Just go to their website, find your card and read the specs!

:)
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by:Mach1pro
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I wouldn't expect her to see any significant performance increase between a 100 to a 1000, but from the testing I have done and using of their database, I would expect her to have a noticeable difference between a 10 to a 100 connection. The hub they replaced was only a 10mb.  
PsiCop, I have a Win98 and I didn't see any property settings under Control panel | Networking that showed transfer rate.
Am I missing something here?
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by:ShineOn
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You need to look in the NIC driver properties.
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by:PsiCop
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Yes, you're looking in the wrong place. I don't have a 98 machine handy to walk you through looking in the right place, but you want to look at, as ShineOn says, the NIC driver properties.
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by:guynumber5764
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If it is an ISA NIC replace with PCI.  16 bits * 8Mhz only gives about 12.8MBps.
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by:ShineOn
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Did they make ISA 10/100 cards?  I know they made EISA 10/100 cards, but that would change your calculation considerably.
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by:PsiCop
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I want to say "Yes", that at least 3Com made an ISA 10/100 card, but I'm hard-pressed to remember the part number.
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by:ShineOn
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I know they made an Eisa 10/100, something like 3C595.  I don't remember an ISA 10/100...
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by:PsiCop
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I'm thinking 3C515 or something like that. Its been about 6 or 7 years since I've had to deal with 3Com ISA cards, tho.
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by:guynumber5764
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EISA would be only 32bits @ 8.33 = ~25MBps.  Twice as fast but still much slower than a PCI.
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