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Best and cheapest Gigabit network card

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My home server, which will be used for VPN, RDT, DVR, and FTP has access to a gigabit switch, to which various other gigabit workstations are connected.

Woudl anyone be able to quickly answer the following...

1. Which Gigabit network card is the best?
2. Is there anything to look out for, when choosing gigabit technology (cards, cables, switches)?
3. In what way are "server" gigabit cards better? e.g. 3COMs' 3C985B-SX [http://www.3com.com/products/en_US/detail.jsp?tab=features&pathtype=purchase&sku=3C985B-SX]
4. How dows the above-mentioned card compare with "standart" ones... (e.g. NETGEAR GA311 [http://www.netgear.com/products/details/GA311.php])

Thanks.

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1.  I don't think there is a "best."
2. Chack for PCI slot compatability: ie 32 bit . . . 64 bit
3. Server cards typically offload the processing of the packets and vlan loads
4. I'd use the same manufacturer as the switch.
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Thanks. Oh, you again... (he he) :-)

Is the 3COMs' PCI card a 64bit version? (it seem to be longer...) I suppose it won't fit into an 'old' PC....
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The 3com will work in both 32 and 64
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Would you consider the 3COM as a high-end card? it currently goes at 15 bucks on eBay... ;-)
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Are you sure you want fiber?
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no.

oh, ahem. I missed that part. will keep looking. thanks.
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