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Yeah, NE2000 isn't that great. I just happened to have a bunch of them that aren't good except in old machines. I do have a couple of PCI Cards, but ...
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- 10-28-2006 #11
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Maybe not that great, but they serve their purpose.
But this is the only system that I still have with an ISA Slot, and I like to fool around with old stuff "just to see what people had to deal with back in the day". This is purely for "fun", so I don't mind a few dropped packets, etc. I have some old Linksys LNE2000 cards at various revisions, and I'm having a blast with them. Did you know that Revs. A & B don't support PnP mode, but Revs. C and later do? You have to run the setup program to switch to PnP mode, but hey, I'm not complaining!!
Anyway. I have the drivers, and I came to this forum looking for info on how to get the card working under Linux, and Google led me here.
- 10-29-2006 #12
Re: NE2000 ISA drivers
I know the feeling regarding the recycle of old h/w.. 3 of my boxes are running PIII CPUs but they work fast enough for their purpose.. my mail system on a little DMZ runs on a 300 Celeron O/Ced to 450, and my f/w is on a 900 Duron [chip cost $23!!]. They don't need the big crunching CPUs for those purposes.
But, I do use the DEC network cards [or clones] cuz they are the best ones. Since DEC went out-of-business long ago, only the clones are still readily available though, like the ADMtek Comet, Macronix, and Lite-On 82c168. These can still be found on Linksys LNE100TX and Netgear FA310TX PCI cards for $10-$15 if you search. At those kind of prices, they are the best deal for network cards, IMHO. 3COM and Intel still get $60, $80, even $100 for their stuff and they are actually inferior to the DEC design.