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    Default Recommended NICs?

    I have a Dell PowerEdge T105 with a single onboard Broadcom gigabit NIC. I'd like to add a second NIC to run Untangle.

    I've been browsing the Intel selection of PCIe NICs at Newegg. My question is, will the cheapest Intel desktop NIC do? Or do I need the server grade NICs with all the advanced 802.3 protocols?

    What advantages do the server grade NICs have over the desktop NICs?

    Thanks!

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    Server grade interfaces can withstand higher loads without buckling. The question is how large is your network? Most applications can get away with the $30 desktop adapters just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sky-knight View Post
    Server grade interfaces can withstand higher loads without buckling. The question is how large is your network? Most applications can get away with the $30 desktop adapters just fine.
    Hi sky-knight, thanks for the reply!

    This is just for home use and for me to get familiar with the interface should I choose to offer Untangle as a solution to my clients in the future. So to answer your question about 5-8 clients and two servers.

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    Then the only reason to get the desktop Intel is to make sure you're never going to have to worry about a high speed home cable line. Any interface cheaper than the $30 Intel will have a 20mb limitation.

    So yeah, get that nice cheap GT and enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sky-knight View Post
    Then the only reason to get the desktop Intel is to make sure you're never going to have to worry about a high speed home cable line. Any interface cheaper than the $30 Intel will have a 20mb limitation.

    So yeah, get that nice cheap GT and enjoy.
    Thanks for the advice. So let me make sure if I am understanding you correctly. Adapters cheaper than the $30 Intel will be capped at 20mb throughput? Are you talking about other brands (D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, etc)? I currently have a 30 Mbps down/25 Mbps up FiOS connection at home. The Intel should take care of it right?

    Also, should I have the integrated Broadcom NIC hooked to the WAN and the Intel hooked to the internal LAN or vice versa? Does it matter?
    Last edited by htrieu; 03-14-2011 at 07:24 PM.

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    Sheesh according to the Fedora thread, be careful with your answers sky...... would hate to see you "guessing" again

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    Yeah just get a decent Intel desktop interface to fit your system and you'll be fine on the FiOS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISHRAT View Post
    i am agree with sky night just get better intel desktop
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