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In addition to the story about modems yesterday, here is list of Linux supported Ethernet Cards ( NIC´s):

QUOTE (Hardware database)

3Com 3c503 (3c503 driver), 3c505 (3c505 driver), 3c507 (3c507 driver), 3c509/3c509B (ISA) / 3c579 (EISA);

3Com 3c501 - (avoid like the plague) (3c501 driver);

3Com Etherlink III Vortex Ethercards (3c590, 3c592, 3c595, 3c597) (PCI), 3Com Etherlink XL Boomerang (3c900, 3c905) (PCI) and Cyclone (3c905B, 3c980) Ethercards (3c59x driver) and 3Com Fast EtherLink Ethercard (3c515) (ISA) (3c515 driver);

3Com 3ccfe575 Cyclone Cardbus (3c59x driver);

3Com 3c575 series Cardbus (3c59x driver) (most PCMCIA cards should be detected);

AMD LANCE (79C960) / PCnet-ISA/PCI (AT1500, HP J2405A, NE1500/NE2100);


Allied Telesis AT1700;

Allied Telesis LA100PCI-T;

Allied Telesyn AT2400T/BT (“ne” module);

Ansel Communications AC3200 (EISA);

Apricot Xen-II / 82596.

Cabletron E21xx;

Cogent EM110;

Crystal LAN CS8920, Cs8900.

Danpex EN-9400;

DEC DE425 (EISA) / DE434/DE435 (PCI) / DE450/DE500 (DE4x5 driver);

DEC DE450/DE500-XA (dc21x4x) (Tulip driver);


DEC EtherWORKS 3 (DE203, DE204, DE205);

DECchip DC21x4x “Tulip”;

DEC QSilver's (Tulip driver);

Digi International RightSwitch;

DLink DE-220P, DE-528CT, DE-530+, DFE-500TX, DFE-530TX.

Fujitsu FMV-181/182/183/184;

HP PCLAN (27245 and 27xxx series);

HP PCLAN PLUS (27247B and 27252A);

HP 10/100VG PCLAN (J2577, J2573, 27248B, J2585) (ISA/EISA/PCI);

ICL EtherTeam 16i / 32 (EISA);

Intel EtherExpress;

Intel EtherExpress Pro.

KTI ET16/P-D2, ET16/P-DC ISA (work jumperless and with hardware-configuration options);

Macromate MN-220P (PnP or NE2000 mode);


NE2000/NE1000 (be careful with clones);

Netgear FA-310TX (Tulip chip);

New Media Ethernet.

PureData PDUC8028, PDI8023;

SEEQ 8005;

SMC Ultra / EtherEZ (ISA);

SMC 9000 series;

SMC PCI EtherPower 10/100 (DEC Tulip driver);

SMC EtherPower II (epic100.c driver).

Sun LANCE adapters (kernel 2.2 and newer);

Sun Intel adapters (kernel 2.2 and newer);

Schneider and Koch G16;

Western Digital WD80x3;

Zenith Z-Note / IBM ThinkPad 300 built-in adapter;

Znyx 312 etherarray (Tulip driver);

Further sources of information: The hardware database of your favorite distro´s : Mandrake/Mandriva, Redhat, SuSE

For general hardware info: Linuxhardware has an archive of reviews on all kinds of Linux compatible hardware.

Checking hardware support is always wise, either you run a ¨Live CD¨ either you check the databases, these are the best ways to be prepared for the ¨big step¨.


-- Jun 4 2003 ( Revised Dec 13 2005 ) --

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