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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2013
An amazing card allowing for LACP, jumbo frames, VLAN'ing and more*!
* When you OS is still supported...

I too was excited when I read about this card and for ~$50 bucks, its an amazing steal. It worked great with Windows 7 and all of the great PROSet advanced drivers worked like a charm! However, after upgrading to Windows 8.1 the Intel PROSet advanced drivers are no longer supported (see here: [...] and the upgrade will actually warn you and/or prevent you from performing an in-place upgrade. So, you're asking, how do I continue using this great card /and/ still upgrade to Windows 8.1 /and/ still use the PROSet drivers? Well, fun fact (and entirely unsupported by Intel), if you use the drivers from the Intel I350-T2 all of the functionality returns. I've been using those drivers since installing Win 8.1 and it has been 100% stable configured in an LACP adapter team + VLAN trunk to my switch + jumbo frames (as well as all of the other great features from PROSet provides).

Step!

1. Install the latest Windows 8.1 PROSet drivers - [...]
2. Right-click on the Ethernet 2 (or whatever number it is for the PRO/1000 PT card) under Network Connections
3. Click on the 'Drivers' tab
4. Click 'Update Driver'
5. Click Browse my computer...
6. Click the option - 'Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer'
7. Uncheck the Show compatible hardware box
8. Locate Intel in the left-hand box
9. Locate the Intel (R) Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
10. Next your way to completion
11. Repeat this on the secondary eth port

Once you are done, all of the PROSet features will be available.

tl;dr: if running Windows 8.1, switch to the I350-T2 driver to regain all the PROSet advanced features. Its unsupported, but works great.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
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I also built an ESXi-5 based server. A successful ESXi server just about requires Intel NICs (Network Interface Card), otherwise you're likely to be jumping through all sorts of esoteric ESXi installation hoops, which is not my cup of tea. My motherboard (an Intel BOXDG43GT LGA) has an embedded Intel NIC and I needed a couple more network ports. This dual-port NIC is cost-effective, and ESXi recognized it immediately and transparently. I didn't have to do anything except plug the card in and turn the machine back on, yielding a total of three NIC ports instead of just the one.

In my opinion, Intel NICs are the best NICs on the market, being robust, fast, reliable, and they can handle heavy loads and large file-transfers (> 4GB) without getting stuck/hung; something that many other brands have trouble with. If you don't have an Intel NIC, try it yourself - move a 10GB file across your LAN and see if it doesn't hang or greatly slow-down. If you have another brand of NIC, you may be disappointed by the results. For this reason alone, I highly recommend Intel NICs, whether it's this particular card, or some other NIC by Intel. In fact, when I buy motherboards, I always try to find one where the embedded NIC is by Intel, regardless of ESXi or not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2013
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This is a great price for a dual NIC card. This works with PFSense 2.0.3 or BSD Linux without additional drivers and I'm sure if I needed it, it would work perfectly with Windows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2014
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This was installed on a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine. The installation went OK, but it caused a boot agent failure warning during the computer start-up. The computer would eventually boot up, but this was not an ideal condition. Obviously, the driver and firmware were too old.

Thanks to the information provided by another reviewer Blair Fritz, I manually installed the latest Intel driver for i350-T2 (which is listed as incompatible, but you go ahead and do it anyway), and the problem was fixed. But that was a lot of trouble. Had I known Blair's information beforehand, it could have taken less than 15 min. But in reality it took me hours, because I had no idea what was going on in the beginning. From discovering the problem, diagnosing, searching and discovering a solution, to finally fixing the problem, it was a lot of work. To me, it kind of defeated the savings on this cheap card.

But that was on a Windows server. It is likely that you might not have the same problem on a desktop environment. (But why would one need a dual port card on a desktop?)

If you are prepared for what you're getting, and know exactly what you're going to do, this is a great deal. Otherwise, stick with the more expensive and supported Intel version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
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This card is awesome. I installed it into my pfSense router and it was recognized right away without installing any special drivers. The performance is rock solid and I couldn't ask for a better card. The seller I purchased from was AMTECH. They were great and very fast shipping this card to my door. This card ships with the standard height bracket and I needed the low profile version for my rack mount case. I contacted AMTECH and asked about the low profile bracket and they replied back later in the day and told me they'd send me the low profile bracket at not extra cost. That was really cool of them and saved me the trouble of having to research and find just the low profile bracket elsewhere. At 42 dollars this card is a steal. I see it retailing on other sites for a lot more. I'll be buying more of these cards to install in my other machines and run nic teaming later.

Great card! Great Price! and Great service from AMTECH.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2014
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Ordered two of these, they arrived in bubblewrap with no drivers or documentation.

Then I noticed the SUN part numbers, 971-0905. It would SEEM that "This 371-0905 is a Refurbished Sun Original part that has been removed from a working Sun system."

NOT warranted by Intel. NOT an Intel branded product. Used or refurbished.

Sorry to see that this is passing on Amazon.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2014
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VMware ESXi is picky about the NICs it supports, especially on whitebox builds. This NIC made it possible to install the latest ESXi on a $10 mobo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
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I didn't consider getting a product like this until I was at work one day checking a client's server and trying to pinpoint what their bottleneck was. Me being one that likes doing personal I.T. projects for fun and learning, thought I'd look into this for my own NAS before looking like a newb in front of management. Not sure why these NICs(same model and specs as other sellers)are so affordable but I sure am glad they are :) . These completely smoke onboard NICs, especially Realtek. They don't drag down the CPU any and this configured with my DD-WRT flashed router in load balancing mode, the I/O never locks up no matter how many tasks are being thrown at it. Excellent buy and may get more in the future. Recommended this resolution to management and turns out they know nothing about NIC teaming 0_0 . Time to update my resume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
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Great card once I found a place to put it. I ended up burning my x16 port in my file server, but it is very unlikely I will ever put a real video card in it. Unfortunately I needed an x1 card, should have looked closer at my MB manual on the machine I wanted it for.

As far as install, popped right up, installed drivers from the internet and I was good to go. It was not until after I installed it I realized it came with no drivers disk. Lucky it was going in a machine that had 2 ports already in use so it worked great.

So, minus 1 star for no drivers from Vendor. I suspect I could have downloaded them onto a flash drive or something.

Side note, I put it in a windows XP machine (yea I know, cheap server, but it does the job) and it has been working well.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
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Shipped an HP NC360T card. I am hoping the next one I ordered is the same model. For me this is a $200+ card for dirt cheap. Only full height, no half height bracket as the HP SKU would ship with. Totally bare bones, card in a box, no drivers.

Overall I feel this was an A+ deal, server class hardware for $50~ bucks. Nice.

Installed in a FreeNAS server, set LACP, all good. Next is going in my XenServer host.

Card is not the exact model in the picture, it is HP branded, but identical other than the silk screen on the PCB.

Update on second card:

Second card is Intel branded. Same exact card other than the branding. Still only full height. Shipped this time in an anti-static bag not a plastic HP box. Very happy with both orders. Now these guys just need to give me a quad port for this price ;)
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