On 1/15/2001 3:24 PM Richard C Ferri email@example.com wrote: >Hi everyone, > I'm looking for a reasonably priced ethernet adapter that is pxe >enabled for network boot. I have to buy about a dozen of them for my lab, >so cost is an issue. Interesting question. Being an Etherboot developer, if you hadn't specifically asked for PXE I'd suggest using Etherboot, but I'm sure you have your reasons for wanting PXE, and so here is some advice... >I have an eepro100 (etherjet) adpater which PXE boots >nicely, but the going price is about $75USD per adapter, and that's >expensive. Can anyone suggest a cheaper adapter? I don't quite understand >the disparity between the typical PCI ethernet adapter which is about >$15USD, and the eepro100, which is 5 times more expensive... from what I >understand the PXE elemet is only a couple of dollars more... The eepro/100+ has expensive flash ROM on it, the Intel brand (and associated advertising costs), and it's a fast, well-made card. 3Com has a card in the same price range 3c905c-tx-m that has PXE in flash ROM as well. The advantage being that you can update the card's flash without having to replace a ROM. In the case of the 3Com, you can do it while the card is running. Pretty nice. (we've been able to develop tools and techniques as part of the Etherboot project to flash Etherboot code into those cards as well). > Anyway, I'd appreciate any suggestions for a reasonably priced pxe >enabled ethernet adapter... thanks in advance. Well, here's what you might consider doing. Try a cheap rtl8139-based card. Many if not most of the less expensive cards are RTL8139 based. ADDTRON makes a nice little one. I've seen them for about 12$US in stores, with ROM socket. Linux supports them. Now you need a PXE boot ROM. Check out: http://www.bootix.com/us/products/promtypes.shtml#Realtek and: http://www.bootix.com/us/price/pxeprom.shtml There's your (commercial) PXE boot ROM. 16$US apiece (qty discounts available). So you put a 16$ bootrom on a 12$ PCI 10/100 card, and theoretically, you have a PXE-enabled card for less than 30$US (figure tax and shipping, etc). With volume discounts, perhaps less than 20$US. Of course you have to do some work to make it work, and your time is worth something, but it might still be a win. Now a ROM itself is probably 3$US, so if you could use Etherboot or Netboot or NILO (http://nilo.sourceforge.net/) you wouldn't have to pay so much for a boot ROM (which may well cost more than the whole ethernet card). You'd need to get a ROM burner or have the ROMs burned, however, so that could add cost if you don't have that capability in-house. So that's my initial, off-the-cuff impression to get you going; there are possibly others who have implemented PXE on inexpensive cards that can make other suggestions. I hope this helps you. Marty --- Try: http://rom-o-matic.net/ to make Etherboot images instantly. Name: Martin D. Connor US Mail: Entity Cyber, Inc.; P.O. Box 391827; Cambridge, MA 02139; USA Voice: (617) 491-6935, Fax: (617) 491-7046 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.thinguin.org/ =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: Marty Connor <email@example.com> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to email@example.com.
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