I usually agree (I'm in the DPI business and we rely solely on Intel NICs), however, keep in mind that for most home users that have multiple WIFI devices and one single file server connected to el-cheapo WIFI router, they won't even come close to saturating a low-end Realtek 1GbE NIC, let alone a high-end Intel server 1GbE (or 10GbE) NIC.
Originally Posted by pdffs
I cannot be begin to count the number of times I solved performance issues with family and friends, but replacing a 4-wire CAT-something cable with 8-wire CAT-5E...
Having said all that, I should point out that we have a lot of Realtek 1GbE PCI and PCI-E NICs (mostly for desktops) and while working fine on no-name desktops (especially AMD based) we did have some issues installing these cards on Intel (Manufactured) boards.
Last edited by gilboa; 04-23-2014 at 02:16 AM.
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