I8000 network + modem upgrade
- Dell/Linux users:
I contacted Dell today to find out the cost and manner by which an
I8000 with just the modem board in it can be upgrade to be inclusive
of the actiontec combo card. Apparently the upgrade is a mere $75,
and is quite easy to do.
- I might point out that is far cheaper than any "Realport" modem/Ethernet
CardBus combo card you are likely to find, that it doesn't require working
PCMCIA to have a working network connection (sure makes downloading
required PCMCIA patches much easier!), and the Actiontec gives excellent
performance. Using a Cisco 3500 switch, I am able to saturate a 100
megabit Ethernet segment using "scp" to transfer the files to a Sun Ultra450.
Considering scp also is encrypting the file, that's pretty good. scp will
try to do some compression for you, but since this file was "gzip -9"
compressed, the compression by scp won't gain anything and might even
hurt a little.
I don't work for Actiontec or anything, I am just happy to have an
inexpensive PCI modem/Ethernet (Intel 82559 chipset!) solution that
doesn't require a dongle or PCMCIA in my laptop. It is one of the
reasons I got the Dell (IBM ThinkPads have something similar, but
they don't have integrated FireWire too!).
> Dell/Linux users:--
> I contacted Dell today to find out the cost and manner by which an
> I8000 with just the modem board in it can be upgrade to be inclusive
> of the actiontec combo card. Apparently the upgrade is a mere $75,
> and is quite easy to do.
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