RTL8139's have worked well for me in the past.
On 16/08/07, Brian Foster <blf at utvinternet.ie> wrote:
>> about six weeks ago I asked a set of naïve questions
> about switching from a 56K dialout straw to ADSL for
> my SUSE 9.1 system. I was broadly advised to stick
> to wired ethernet, among many other very helpful hints.
> many thanks!
>> three followup questions ...
>> for assorted reasons, I've only now gotten around to
> looking into the matter of a network card for my PC.
> today, locally, I found three different PCI cards,
> all using the RealTek RTL8139 chip, a chip YaST2
> lists as supported: the "Ovsilink EVO 8139 ITX"
> (a bargin at 10€), and some fairly anonymous units
> by "Heden" and "Bluestork". baring information to
> the contrary, I'll probably try the "Ovsilink" (all
> three units to their credit, list Linux as supported).
>> 1st, any comments one way or the other? good or bad?
> ( as soon as I can connect via my straw I'll double
> check these units myself — apologies for not doing
> some research here first! )
>> 2nd, a possibly trickier question: it's a c.12 metre
> cable run from the phone socket to the computer.
> should I go for a 10m cable from socked to ADSL modem
> (and then a 5m(?) cable to the computer), or visa-versa
> (5m to the modem and 10m to the computer)? the latter
> would position the modem in an inaccessible location,
> so I'm inclined to go 10m phone-modem and 5m modem-PC.
> ( I can get all the implied 5m and 10m cables easily,
> which is why I am restricting my question to those
> two lengths. to the best of my knowledge (my notes
> are incomplete ;-\ ), all the cables are shielded. )
>> 3rd, my (current) test plan — prior to arrival of the
> modem — is to use my printer (an HP 6180) as the peer.
> is there any difference between a cable (cat 5,
> I presume?) that connects PC-printer to one connecting
> PC-modem? ( I'm thinking in RS-232 terms here, where
> there _is_ a difference: PC-printer is DTE-DTE (hence
> needs a null) while PC-modem is DTE-DCE (no null). )
>> I throughly forgot to research the 3rd point, so again
> apologies for asking before looking.
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