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Not the fastest 1GB adapter but great value
on April 10, 2010
I needed to upgrade my media server (win2k3 home server) and my home theater pc (win7 home premium) to gigabit from their built in 100bt NICs. I couldn't stream large 24gb+ 1080p high def mkv files, the network wasn't fast enough. But i also didn't want to dump a bunch of money into new cards so i checked out these Trendnet cards, i picked them up for 10 bucks each at another store.
These cards install in a regular 32bit PCI slot. Both windows 7 and windows server 2003 recognized and auto-installed the drivers. These cards are based on the Realtek RTL8169 chipset and although my 2003 server had a driver already, i had to download a newer driver from Realtek to get Jumbo Frame support. The windows 7 driver that auto-installed was full featured.
You will want to enable Jumbo Frames to get the most performance out of these cards. Unfortunately the driver only supports jumbo frames up to 7k (rather than 9k), but turning on jumbo frames upped my transfer rate for around 20meg/sec to 40meg/sec. So you'll want to edit your network card config and turn on jumbo frames.
Overall pretty happy with the price/performance ratio of the card. Being based on the budget Realtek chipset, it's not the fastest gigabit card on the market. It is however plenty fast enough to stream 24gb 1080p mkv files between my media server and theater pc, something i couldn't do with the built in 100 meg nics.