First, thanks to all that contribute to this thread.
All input is greatly appreciated.
I have a dilema regarding the upgrade of a NIC and I’m a bit confused.
I have a home network setup with all workstations running 10/100 network cards connected to a 10/100 Linksys Router.
All 10/100 data transfer are Full Duplex.
With the emergence of Windows Vista, I have discovered that the finicky TCP/IP stack is not compatible with NICs with the RealTek RTL8139 chipset. The bottom line is that there has simply been no Internet connectivity since Vista 5308 Beta.
I am now forced to replace the network card in this workstation in order to achieve Vista Internet connectivity.
Looking towards the future, I thought I would purchase a Gigabit 10/100/1000 NIC as a replacement.
However, my observation is that all of the Gigabit NICs that I have researched will only run at Half Duplex at the 10/100 speeds. Full Duplex is only achieveable at the 20/200/2000 speeds.
My question is, how will this affect data transfer on a network where all the other components are Full Duplex at 10/100?
Thanks for the inputs.