Gigabit ethernet PCMCIA card for Mac - does it exist?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by yadmonkey, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. yadmonkey macrumors 65816

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    Well, the title says it all. If you happen to have a Powerbook in which the ethernet port dies, is there a cardbus card which supports gigabit ethernet for Macs? Unfortunately, 10/100 isn't fast enough in this case.

    Thanks!

    yA
     
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  3. yadmonkey thread starter macrumors 65816

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    trust me, they'll work, it's just a generic network adapter, macos will have no trouble with it, whether they are listed as mac compatible or not.
     
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    So it IS like my wireless card... great to know. Thanks!!
     
  6. localghost macrumors regular

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    nice!

    how can i find out if my bus (to which the PCMCIA card is attached) is fast enough for Gigabit ethernet?
     
  7. cblackburn macrumors regular

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    Well, cardbus is effectively a miniatureised 32-bit 33Mhz PCI bus. This means the theoretical maximum bandwidth of the bus is :-

    32 * 33 * 10^6 =1056 Megabit.

    However this is the *absolute* maximum the bus can ever obtain. In the real world you will get *much* less than this as the bus is shared with the Hard drive plus there will be overhead that absorbes some of the clock cycles.

    HTH

    Chris.
     
  8. localghost macrumors regular

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    hey, thanx for the info and doing the math!
    i guess it's still fine, because i would be fast enough for about any 2,5" drive.
     
  9. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Little bit off topic, but I'm looking for a gigabit PCI card for my B+W powermac.

    The only ones listed as 'mac-compatible' are server cards for Xserve etc and run over $100 eek!

    There are many cheap gigabit PCI cards for around $20 - can I buy any one and have it work with my PowerMac?

    Many thanks

    ..RedTomato ..
     

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