Recently, I've been looking to upgrade my current network setup and make
the push to gigabit. At the moment, I'm looking for any suggestions on
gigabit NICs that folks have got working under the 2.6 kernel, preferably
without too much effort. I'm currently looking at the Rosewill RC-400,
which supposedly uses the r8169 module. Any one happen to have any luck
Additionally, I'm looking for a gigabit switch. Only need like 4-8 ports
and would like it, again, to work very easily. Never used a switch, just
hubs and routers. Right now, have a hub hooked into a router. From what I
understand, if I replace the hub with a switch, it should *just work*.
Basically, a switch is like a hub, but with full duplex support and maybe
some fancy QoS features or something, right?
My plan is to plug the high bandwidth internetwork connections into the
switch which then connects into my router and through to a cable modem.
Basically, fast connection on the network for transferring files,
streaming and such, but, when it comes to the internet, cable modem is the
bottleneck, so who cares if the router supports gigabit, right? Does this
sound reasonable to you network folks out there?
Thanks for all your help!