Originally Posted by TwoCables
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.
Originally Posted by ghost
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...