> Hi all!
> Can you guys recomend what used ISA networking card should I buy?
Unless you have MS-DOS available don't get a 3C509. You need to boot up
in DOS to use their utility to turn off Plug'n'play - so far as I know,
there's no way to trun off p'n'p on that card while running Linux. Once
you have configured the 3C509 to be non-plug'n'play using 3Com's
3C5X9CFG.EXE program it works fine with Linux. Of course it is only a
10mbps card. To tell you the truth, I've never seen an ISA 100 mbps
card. 10 mbps is real fast when you only have two PCs, though.
> I am going to network 2 computers. The other one already is a PCI
> full-duplex 100Base-TX/10Base-T with Reltek 8139 chip (ne2000 for
> PCI). Should it influence my decision as to what to buy? I have heard
> that ne2000 clones are poor performers.
> What transmission speeds do you suppose I will be able to get out of
> it? I know 100Base is capable of 200 Mbps in full duplex mode. Any ISA
> cards match that?
> Also, how safe is it to buy from online auctions, like Ebay? There
> seems to be tons of old hardware for sale there...
I get brand new 3C509s for <$40, is that too high? A while back I paid
$15 each for a couple brand new NE2000 cards in shrink-wrap. The 100
mbps card I've had best results with, the Intel EtherExpress I think, is
less than $60 new.
Quote:> Thanx a lot for any input!
Sure no problem! Good luck.