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By ehughbanks ·
I have a compaq Presario 5610 with PII350, the pc came with a ethernet card installed, all the documentation with pc says this card is used at 10mbps, on the device panel it shows installed is a fastethernet card, is it possible to find out if this card can operate at 100mbps? The pc shows on my switch as operating at 10mps while my other pcs show as 100mbps. For a small home network sharing a broadband connection, will I really notice the difference in speeds?

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by yosho In reply to change speed of NIC?

What OS are you using... if you go into the Dev Mgr, you can set the speed of the NIC if you need to. Not sure if you'll notice a big difference since most home broadband connections dont transfer anywhere near 100Mbps. You'll get a bottleneck somewhere either at your access device or hub..

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by AUman In reply to change speed of NIC?

I would guess the is a 10/100 card, you rarely see anything else shipping now. Another way you can determine whether the card is capable of 100Mbps operation is to look at the back of the card. Most cards will have a separate light to denote 100Mb/Fast Ethernet operation. To change the speed of a card you can generally go to control panel, network, do properties on the NIC card, and go to the advanced tab. You should see an entry for both speed and duplex listed there. Ultimatley though - on a small home network you should see no difference in sharing your internet connection which is at best probably a 1.5Mb DSL line. Hope this helps...

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by mpdcsup In reply to change speed of NIC?

My guess is that it is not a 100Mbps card -- usually the default is to autosense the speed. One way to tell is if the one of the advanced properties for the adapter have a 100Mbps setting. Also, checking with the manufacturer's website could dispell all doubt.

Though you wouldn't think so, you might actually notice a quicker response on a 100Mbps link vs. a 10Mpbs depending on how you're handling the sharing of the connection. Overall throughput, however will be nearly indiscernable.

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by tbradley In reply to change speed of NIC?

You won't notice an appreciable difference in speeds, unless you do a lot of "large" file transfers between the machines, in which case you would.

As for the card speed, most cards have a "dos" based configuration utility that allows you to set the defaults of the card. You have 3 choices, 10mps, 100mps, and autosensing.

I don't know what type of card you have, but the config utility for 3com brand cards is 3cxxxcfg.exe ( xxx is model number ).

One last possibility is that the card may be configured for autosensing, but the port on the switch is not. Again, you don't mention type of switch, but most have a web based configuration utility, and you can usually telnet into them to setup port speeds and defaults. IP is generally 192.0.0.192.

You can check this easily tho, by simply switching cables between the 10mps machine and the 100mps machine, and see if the problem switches from PC to PC

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by ehughbanks In reply to change speed of NIC?

the only item for brand is possibly a DEC brand card, I have a netgear router switch it does autosense the ports, on the advanced tab in the card properties it is set to autosense the speed, there are other options including 100Mbps full duplex,is it ok to try to change the setting?

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by larryhyman In reply to change speed of NIC?

I don't think you can change the speed of the card. We have exactly the same machine. Our hub reports all machines to be going at 100 except that one which is going at 10, howerver you can add a second nic in the machine and use that to connect at 100 to the lan. We did, but a hr. later we took the extra nic out because we needed it for another pc.

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