I have a couple of PCI based Firewire cards that I need to install on my motherboard. The Firewire manufacturer suggests that I use as little of the PCI bus as possible for other devices such as LAN cards, modems, or sound cards.
My question is do motherboards with integrated network cards (LANs) use the same PCI bus as the PCI slots themselves or do integrated devices use a different bus altogether for communication? Is there some documention or a white paper out there that could explain the communication paths of these different integrated devices? Thanks.