Re: Large scale transparent proxying

From: Clifton Royston <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 12:35:08 -1000

On Fri, Oct 15, 1999 at 04:01:08PM -0400, Jordan Mendelson wrote:
> Clifton Royston wrote:
> > I believe that's specific to the Linux drivers. *BSD (BSD/OS, FreeBSD,
> > NetBSD) systems seem to have no trouble with the EtherExpress cards.
> There are a few dozen different models/revisions of Intel EtherExpress's
> spanning a half dozen chipsets and three buses :)
> Several of the cards have hardware problems with the multicast filter. They
> would shut down and stop responding or worse.

  I realized after posting that that I should have been considerably
more specific. I've been waiting for some to come along and post the
correction, which I would now requalify thus:

  Reasonably new PCI Intel EtherExpress Pro 100B cards are reliable.
  Note that the very newest ones use a *completely* different chip set
which includes different Ethernet phys, and may not be compatible with
older releases of many OSes. I had to update some of our servers to
the latest patch level of BSD/OS 4.0.1 to start using them. They still
seem reliable, though.

> I find it amazing that a company as big as Intel can't make a working 10/100
> ethernet card and call it something other than "EtherExpress" since it's
> basically impossible to tell the difference between a broken eepro100 and a
> working one from the box :)

  That's why engineers love marketers so.

  We've been buying them OEM; if you buy 'em OEM in the clear
polystyrene package, you can at least look at the chips on it to see
what it really is.

  -- Clifton

 Clifton Royston  --  LavaNet Systems Architect --
        "An absolute monarch would be absolutely wise and good.  
           But no man is strong enough to have no interest.  
             Therefore the best king would be Pure Chance.  
              It is Pure Chance that rules the Universe; 
          therefore, and only therefore, life is good." - AC
Received on Fri Oct 15 1999 - 16:41:23 MDT

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