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SubjectRe: [OFF-TOPIC] 4 ports ETH cards
On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 06:34:16PM -0300, Harald Welte wrote:
> On Tue, May 29, 2001 at 09:52:41AM +0200, Fabbione wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > sorry for the offtopic msg.
> >
> > Can someone point me to a 4 ports fast/eth card solution for linux?

> D-Link DFE-570 has a reasonable pricing and is well supported by the
> tulip driver

Just got three of these suckers and I'm about to order a bunch
more (happy camper)...

> > I found some cards based on the DEC 21*4* chips but when
> > I asked for more details I got a strange answer from the reseller
> > like that this card is able to work only half-duplex and the chip has
> > only one mac-address for the 4 eth cards (really strange).

> nah. And even if so, you can always change the mac-address using ifconfig.

Each D-Link card has four MAC addresses (sequential). I doubt
other manufactures are any different.

> What the guy most likely wanted to say, is that there is only one EEprom
> containing all mac adresses for the four tulip chips, which I have seen
> on multiple boards

What the guy was doing was having a bad case of optical rectitus.
That would be typical of a "reseller" (AKA Salesman). Most would not
even have a CLUE that the cards were based on the tulip chipset / driver.

Because the D-Link cards were less than half of the nearest
competitor [ < $180 vs > $360 for others and Compac was > $2400! ] I
ordered only three not knowing for sure if they would work. Turned on
the tulip driver and them suckers fired right up. Now I know they work,
stock, right out of the box, and I can order a bunch more for the lab
I'm working with.

> > Thanks a lot
> > Fabbione
> --
> Live long and prosper
> - Harald Welte /

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