Which NIC with no RTL8139 chipset

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by PAUL Anthony, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. PAUL Anthony

    PAUL Anthony Guest

    Hi list !

    I had some problems to make a gateway with 3 NIC using RTL8139
    chipset (Slack9.0 - kernel 2.4.20)
    I've found on news group it was a bad chipset.

    So, I'd like to buy new ethernet cards (RJ45 10/100) but I
    notice many of them use this chipset...
    For my gateway, I ordered 3com cards. But for workstation, I'd like to
    find some less-expensive cards.
    ATI (Allied Telesyn) also seems to use RTL8139.

    Could you tell me please which NIC would you recommand ?

    PAUL Anthony, Feb 4, 2004
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  2. Its not really bad, but can cause problems.
    I prefer DEC Tulip based boards, buts its just a personal favorite.
    No idea who still sells/manufactures them,
    the chipset itself seemes to be OEMed by intel now.
    3Com used to switch the chipset with every new revision of their cards.

    Gereon Wenzel, Feb 4, 2004
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  3. So, I'd like to buy new ethernet cards (RJ45 10/100) but I
    Try Linksys. They make - or at least used to make - their own proprietary chipset.
    Lewin A.R.W. Edwards, Feb 4, 2004
  4. For some desktop those rtl8139 cards usually work fine, perhaps
    yours are rather old? For a server you want something better,
    Intel eepro cards are a good choice, best performance.
    Michael Heiming, Feb 4, 2004
  5. PAUL Anthony

    Cameron Kerr Guest

    I have no problems whatsoever with the RTL8139 chipsets. Perhaps you
    should elaborate on the problem you had.
    Cameron Kerr, Feb 5, 2004
  6. PAUL Anthony

    PAUL Anthony Guest

    Thank you for all your answers !

    About intel, it seems they still make their own NIC. Is it good or bad if
    3com use to change their chipset for each release ?

    If some people are interested in my gateway problems, there are some

    For this example, I use only 2 RTL 8139C NIC. One is Surecom and the other
    is Acer. Slackware9.0, kernel 2.4.20 (bare.i from CD)

    My dmesg give me this:
    PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xf0200, last bus=0 PCI: Using
    configuration type 1
    PCI: Probing PCI hardware
    PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
    8139too Fast Ethernet driver 0.9.26
    eth0: RealTek RTL8139 Fast Ethernet at 0xc48c8400, 00:02:44:11:ae:97,
    IRQ 5
    eth0: Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8139C'
    eth1: RealTek RTL8139 Fast Ethernet at 0xc48ca000, 00:60:67:07:81:e0,
    IRQ 10
    eth1: Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8139C'
    eth0: Setting half-duplex based on auto-negotiated partner ability 0000.
    eth1: Setting half-duplex based on auto-negotiated partner ability 0000.

    00:0e.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    RTL-8139/8139C/8139 C+ (rev 10)
    00:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    RTL-8139/8139C/8139 C+ (rev 10)

    Module Size Used by Not tainted
    ide-scsi 9424 0
    8139too 15240 2
    mii 2304 0 [8139too]
    crc32 2880 0 [8139too]

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:02:44:11:AE:97
    inet addr: Bcast:
    Interrupt:5 Base address:0x8400
    eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:60:67:07:81:E0
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
    Interrupt:10 Base address:0xa000
    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr: Mask:

    Then, I just can't access network (eth0). No ping.
    But (eth1) is OK.

    So, if I change my rc.inet1.conf to have:
    eth0 on & eth1 on
    Then I have the same result:
    I can't reach (eth1) but (eth0) is OK.

    I know that someone else had the same problem using 3 RTL8139 on a
    Linux Mandrake.

    Of course, I tried every possibilities with mii-tool and change both cards
    with 2 others RTL8139.

    If I try with 2 RTL8019, it works, but I'd like to avoid 10Mbs NICs to use
    in a gateway...

    If you had a clue...

    PAUL Anthony, Feb 5, 2004
  7. So anyway, it was like, 14:15 CET Feb 04 2004, you know? Oh, and, yeah,
    PAUL Anthony was all like, "Dude,
    I have one box (a shuttle xpc) with an onboard 8139, it's working well
    for me. Given the choice, I'd have picked something else tho. *shrugs*
    A 3com card is never wrong, imho.. and worth the cost. Given the big
    picture, the cost of a desktop 3com card isn't something I'd even
    think twice about. I'd suggest something of the 905 flavour if those
    are still around. You can probably find a used 905, if nothing else.

    I dunno if intel cards are comparatively cheaper, but that'd be my
    second choice in that case. Pro/100 or some such.
    Johan Lindquist, Feb 5, 2004
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