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I just installed a Macsense 10/100 PCI FE-551 ethernet card in
my Beige G3 and have noticed a dramatic speed increase on the internet, All this time I had thought it was just a slow connection or server that was causing the slow loading.

I picked up the cards on ebay for $5. usd each.

Edit:
Here's a link to the spec's Macsense 10/100 ethernet card

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[ December 31, 2003, 09:53 AM: Message edited by: dolawren ]
 

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That's surprising - even on high-speed, you don't send or receive data at more than 10MBps/sec - and that's what the built-in Ethernet port speed is - 10Base-T. Adding a 10/100Base-T Ethernet card bumps the speed up to 100MBps/sec, but considering you don't even have 10MBps/sec data transfer through high-speed internet, how is there a speed increase? On a local network (LAN), I can see that yes, there would be a speed increase, but internet? Confuses me. The maximum data receiving speed on average is like 1.5 MBps/sec - not even 10Mps/sec, let alone 100Mbps/sec.
 

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Well the windows are flying open now,
It's a heck of a lot faster than the built-in ethernet.

Network utility reports it as being a link speed of 100 mb and
the sent packets are about 8202 with the received packets at
about 28229 (No errors).

My setup is with a D-Link router with a Bell Hi-Speed modem,
I'm still working on the PCMCIA Macsense Wi-Fi connection for
my Lombard, Probably get that finished later today.

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the card offloads work from the CPU, major reason that things are faster
also, the PCI card is more efficient at doing one thing - networking - than the built in card

check out www.toast.net using your built-in ethernet and then the PCI card
 

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the card offloads work from the CPU, major reason that things are faster
also, the PCI card is more efficient at doing one thing - networking - than the built in card
Now that makes a lot of sense to me,
Thanks MACSPECTRUM

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That makes sense, indeed.
 

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First i make a lot of sense and then Lars agrees with me? :D

Hold on to your hats, I sense that 2004 is going to be a crazy year... ;)

I live to serve.
 

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So I looked on ebay and found the card for $10 USD.

I mean such a deal at $5.00. Would love one. Any other places to get one so cheap and closer to home?
 

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I mean such a deal at $5.00. Would love one. Any other places to get one so cheap and closer to home?
They were $5. U.S. each plus shipping from California,
I bought 4 of them, The boxes were marked as $54.99 U.S.
each when I got them.

I was going to leave feedback for the guy...
But suddenly he became an unregistered eBayer and the
system wouldn't let me leave feedback.

Real strange.

BTW,
I found out that if it's valued less than $20. then they won't tax
it at the border, I got them tax free.

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The cheapest 10/100 Mac/PC cards on eBay that I could find
were $3.45 u.s. at "Buy it now" and the guy has 100 of them:

Assante 10/100 cards

Couldn't see any Macsense cards though.

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Thanks Dave. I have contacted the seller. I assume that whether the card is made by Assante or Macsense is relatively immaterial in terms of the performance characteristics of the card or system compatibilities (i.e Mac/PC and various operating systems)
 

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I assume that whether the card is made by Assante or Macsense is relatively immaterial in terms of the performance characteristics of the card or system compatibilities (i.e Mac/PC and various operating systems)
all mac pci 10/100 cards work in a pc since it's only the drivers that need to be written
not all pc pcai 10/100 cards work in a mac - no drivers
one could argue the performance of the various chipsets on the cards, but it's a fair statement that ANY pci 10/100 card will help increase performane vs. the built-in 10 Base-T of a beige G3
 

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So in my enthusiam, I order the Asante card and installed it today in a Powermac 7500. I downloaded the drivers as well. I book the machine and launch Explorer and nothing. I looked in the system profiler and in hardware the card wasn''t appearing. I wiggled the card around in the slot and tried again nothing happened. (PS I do not have another slot availiable unless I start playing musical chairs with the other cards)

Any suggestions would be most appreciated
 

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1. take out all other cards and leave asanté and try all slots with it
2. use asanté diagnostic utility to make sure card works
3. make sure that you have switched your ethernet connection to use the pci card
Apple menu > conrol panels > ethernet
the default is built-in ethernet

if card is working,
then check conflict with other cards by installing the other cards in with the asanté card one at a time
 

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Many thanks Macspectrum. I will give this another whirl and let you know. (technically speaking I fell like the village idiot around here)
 

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With the ethernet card that I have the instructions say to put it
in the slot closest to the CPU and to select the PCI ethernet
card in the Network control panel.

If a PCI ethernet option isn't there,
Then rebooting should make it appear.

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Well I think I am giving up on this one. First off none of my cards work in the A1 slot (which had been the previously unused slot). Secondly when I placed the Asante card in the C1 slot with my monitor adapter card in the B1 slot,the Asante card still did not work. So I am concluding that my A1 slot doesn't work and that there appears to be a conflict between my monitor adapter card and the Asante card. Have I missed anything here?
 
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