[RndTbl] Part 2 of slow file transfer on a LAN

John Lange john.lange at open-it.ca
Mon Jan 30 21:03:26 CST 2006


At the risk of sounding over dramatic, the NE2K was unquestionably the
worst network card ever made.

The linux drivers home page for this card is here:


Quote: "No document about this hardware can be written without an
initial flame: PCI NE2000 clones are a bad idea."

It goes on to explain that this hardware was made only as a cheap proof
of concept and was never intended for production.

I'll let you read the rest of the gory details for yourself but the
bottom line is you should get a different card.

John Lange
OpenIT ltd. www.Open-IT.ca (204) 885 0872
VoIP, Web services, Linux Consulting, Server Co-Location

On Mon, 2006-01-30 at 20:06 -0600, Mike Pfaiffer wrote:
>  Following Bills suggestion to compare the results of ifconfig with ipconfig 
> and winipfcg under M$ I found more information available under Linux. I 
> looked at the info for the network card in the M$ drivers. It was set up for 
> half duplex under M$ (I changed it to full). I don't know if the software 
> would affect hardware settings at this point. If I change it under M$ would 
> it change under Linux?
>  BTW, the card is a Realtek RTL8029(AS) which gets seen in Linux as an 
>  More things to report... I transfered around 10 large files in the space of a 
> couple of hours (even allowing for the crashes from M$). Transfer was a 
> single file at a time. Under Linux three simultaneous files takes 18 - 21 
> hours.
>  After transferring the files (and getting numerous complaints about the C: 
> drive running out of space although it was downloading to G:), I decided to 
> muck around with the Network places icon. I mangage to set up access to the 
> ftp server as a desktop window. I'll play around with it later. Any advice 
> for getting something similar running under Linux?
>     Later
>     Mike

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