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So, if the 10/100 NIC I have now works perfectly, then it will not limit the connection at all? I don't know why, but for some reason I started to believe that it would limit it to 10Mbps, instead of allowing the usual 15, and sometimes higher.
Yep, the only thing you would need gigabit for is for your LAN. (At least until they get 100Mbits+ to the home.)
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Well, then it sounds like I need to test the NIC.
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post #13 of 32
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What's the best NIC right now for home use to access the internet with an average of 15Mbps, and sometimes more?

I have a friend who needs one, and so I figure that we should shop the RIGHT way and ask first on OCN. He needs an NIC for the cable modem.
Anything higher than a 100Mb (Mb= Megabit, not MB Megabyte) per second NIC would be ridiculous for your friend's computer. A "T1" connection (typical high-speed connection for any public building needing Internet service) to an ISP (Internet service provider) only allows ~1.4 Mbps throughput (download speed), and uploading is even "slower", so why would you need more than 100 Mbps?

Any RJ-45 Ethernet adapter you can find on Newegg.com (or other site with customer reviews for each item) should be easy to find and read customer reviews thereon. If your friend is interested in online gaming, it sounds like he or she will already need a new PC for that, so I wouldn't worry about getting a fast NIC. I'd follow what the "good Samaritan" above advised: get an Intel brand NIC. There are probably only 10 brands you will find: Intel, Realtek, Linksys (Cisco), Belkin, U.S. Robotics, SMC, Diamond?, nVidia (usually mainboard-integrated), blah blah blah. I would avoid anything beside Intel, Linksys, USR, Belkin, SMC. I'd say Intel and Linksys are probably best.


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i got the killer M1 and love it. less lag
Yeah, it seems they are pretty tight for online gaming. Not kosher for typical LAN use, but works just fine. Actually runs a LINUX OS on a chip on the card! If I were a street racer, I'd want a wide diameter, high-performance exhaust system. Seeing as how I am a gamer, I want this NIC. Pricey...
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The Killer NIC is way overrated.
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Or you could pay twice as much for an Intel card, or ten times as much for the overrated Killer NIC, which heatsink is ten times larger.
Hey man, that thing's important! It keeps your internets cool!
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Hey man, that thing's important! It keeps your internets cool!
But my Rosewill Extreme Edition is running fine!!
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Hey man, that thing's important! It keeps your internets cool!
Not only that, but it increases e-peen!
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All NICs are NOT the same. Get any NIC from Intel and you're good. Stay away from Realtek.
Don't mean to bring this up from 2 weeks ago Duckie, but what's wrong with Realtek?

I've got 4 Gigabit onboard Realtek PCI-e 8111c's. Each I have no problem saturating about 960Mbps. With teaming I've managed to saturate 2.5Gbps (RAID and node limitations)

Just want some advice from the pro
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Don't mean to bring this up from 2 weeks ago Duckie, but what's wrong with Realtek?

I've got 4 Gigabit onboard Realtek PCI-e 8111c's. Each I have no problem saturating about 960Mbps. With teaming I've managed to saturate 2.5Gbps (RAID and node limitations)

Just want some advice from the pro
I agree with you 100% DuckieHo is one of OCN's most helpful members. And I too would like to know what's up with RealTek because I like to know what the Pros know so I don't end up buying something that somebody with experience wouldn't.

So, I guess what I'm saying is: thank you for being here, DuckieHo.
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