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Item#: N82E16833122144

3 out of 5 eggs Better than 100mbps, once you get it working 06/25/2005

This review is from: NETGEAR GA511 Gigabit PC Card with Jumbo Frame support 1 x RJ45

Pros:

None

Cons:

None

Other Thoughts:

http://www.realtek.com.tw The shipping drivers are junk. This product has been out nearly a year, and Netgear had no newer ones on their website! I had to download the RTL8169/8110 drivers from Realtek's site, before I could even get the card to work.

The problem I had with the shipping drivers is that the card kept switching to different speeds (even though the 1000mbps led on the card was solid). I tried 2 different cat 5e cables, and different ports on a known-good switch. Disabling auto-negotiation caused the card to go catatonic, unless I set it to 10mbps.

Once I upgraded to the Realtek drivers, all of those problems magically disappeared and it's been running stably, at 1gbps, for weeks.

However, the reason I'm rating this only 3 stars is because the card runs HOT (can't touch it, after ejecting it), I can't get more than 200mbps (even when a large file is 100% in cache and I'm sending to a server capable of much more than that), and it maxes out my CPU (1.4 GHz Pentium M - though this could be more the fault of my cardbus driver or chipset). Also, it has jumbo frame support, but only to 3 KB MTU (in spite of the fact that the drivers list options up to 7 KB).

Still, it's a pretty good deal - particularly given Newegg's awesome prices!

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