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    Oh joy - the board of directors approved implementing a brand new wired network. I am pulling CAT6 and installing a fiber link between our buildings, pretending that the current, very very tired CAT5 network isn't even there, building it from the ground up. Plus, I get paid to do it. Life is good. The only irk is I wish wireless was more mature.

    Anyway, want to switch all the desktops over to gigabit and figured hardware based NICs are the best way to go - is any Intel Pro/1000 NIC hardware based? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833106121
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    GT is a good adapter. They make them in both full length and low profile.
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    I saw an Intel Pro/1000 PT on Ebay for $20. What is the spec to watch for that indicates if it's hardware- or software-based?
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    they are both hardware based.
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    intel = hardware.
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    Not always... but most of the time. 10/100 you can say are all hardware. But the PT is SOFTWARE driven. (I think it's the PT off the top of my head... it's the "cheap" gigabit option Intel has) That's why the driver didn't work, it needs a firmware like the broadcoms. Still, those cards don't have the resource drain other soft nics get... so the difference is rather lacking a distinction.
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    I think it's the CT that's software driven, such as this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833106033 I'm not sure about the PT.
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    the pt better be hardware for $90 a card
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    I get the versions mixed up, I think dbunyard is right it's got to be the CT. That was the one that didn't work without hackery prior to 7.2?

    My memory is faulty at the moment, but if the Intel card runs on the IGB kernel module it's software. It must use the e1000e or e1000 module to be hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proactivens View Post
    the pt better be hardware for $90 a card
    $90? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3SHIP-_-03ship
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