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Network Cards--Cheap vs. Expensive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Alex Ethridge, Feb 13, 2003.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    I've been using network cards for years now. My take on them is that they are in the same classification as modems. Both are networking devices of a sort. There are network cards one can get for less than $5 each when purchased in quantities of ten; and then there are the ones (like 3com, for instance) that cost ten times that much or even more.

    My questions are:
    • Is there a difference in reliability?
    • Is there a difference in the accuracy of transferred data?
    • Is there a difference in durability?
    Some cheaper NICs have given me a bump or two in the setup process; but, I have no specific experience that I can point to that indicates any real difference after that.
     
  2. JSanguancheu

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    From my experience, there really isn't much diferrence in performance. Haven't had one go bad on me yet after putting them in several machines over the years.

    I generally tend to stick with Intel or 3Com cards, not because I think them more reliable. It's mainly because I know I'll never have to worry about finding drivers as most of the newer versions of Windows come with the drivers for these brands.

    my $.02 :)
     
  3. JohnWill

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    There is a potential difference in the more expensive boards, since they do a lot more processing on-board. OTOH, for most networks, it's simply not a factor. I've been using the inexpensive Netgear cards for years, and they've always performed well and didn't break the bank.
     
  4. bassetman

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    My Realtecs cost between $10-$15 US and work fine.
    I personally would stay away from the cheapest of anything tech.
     
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