Network card recommendations?
I have a desktop system that dual-boots Debian unstable and Windows XP. Lately, when cold booting into either OS, I can’t seem to get an IP from the DHCP server (a.k.a. my router). Rebooting helps, but then my download speed is abysmally slow. I ran the Broadband Reports Speed Test
in both operating systems and got the same figures both times—91k download, 116k upload. Running the same test on my laptop, I got 653k/116k, which is much closer to my ISP’s claim of 768k/128k. Tried changing network cables and plugging into a different port on the router, but this had no effect. Long story short, I think my desktop system’s network card is fast approaching death.
Anyway, I was wondering if any of you had specific make/model recommendations for 10/100 PCI network adapters. The current adapter, in case you’re wondering, is branded Belkin and appears to be based on a Realtek RTL8139 chipset. I know that I can pretty much grab any old card off the shelf and have it work with Windows, but I was wondering if there were any models in particular that are known to play particularly well with Linux. (Alternatively, are there any cards I should avoid? Alternate solutions to the slow download problem are also welcomed.)
Thanks in advance for your help!Update:
I just bought a Linksys 100TX, and it seems to be working just fine. I just have to get around to updating my kernel (which I’ve been meaning to do anyway). Thanks everyone!