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Re: Intel says no to permitting firmware redistribution
- To: misc_(_at_)_cvs_(_dot_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Intel says no to permitting firmware redistribution
- From: Will Backman <whb_(_at_)_ceimaine_(_dot_)_org>
- Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 09:49:50 -0500
- Organization: Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
> >When building OpenBSD firewalls I have exclusively recommended Intel
> >as the best choice, however, given these facts, I am considering
> >alternatives; what other NICs work well? I avoid xl based cards because
> >they seem to be less reliable than fxp.
> I've haven't had problems with xl, but my firewalls aren't exactly high
> traffic. They do have a tendency to gush "command never completed"
> errors to the console, but nothing that meant packets or stability was
> being compromised. dmesg of one of those firewalls, built a couple of
> months before I was laid off (My boss insisted on buying a Dell, I asked
> him to get the cheapest possible with a PCI slot, this is what I got...)
>From what I have read, Gigabit cards should be on the motherboard, or
PCI-x. Standard PCI slot can't handle gigabit. This puts a lot of
pressure on using Intel, as they make a lot of the on-board stuff.