10/100Base-T Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet suppliers.
10/100Base-T Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet cards and hubs, where to buy them? Major brands are 3Com, Asante, Cabletron Systems, Cisco Systems, Intel, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, and Xylan, among others. Lastar Datacomm Solutions is one of several sources for most of these. Asante is a good brand because they are readily available both in Europe and in the USA.
The particular 10/100Base Fast Ethernet card that we happened to end up with is from CNet, tel (408) 934-0800. Farallon is a brand of dual-speed minihub also available in Europe, the Fast Starlet Palm Switch 10/100. Farallon also makes a Gigabit Ethernet card.
Be sure to have fiber cabling; Gigabit Ethernet requires fiber cables (for the moment at least, until standards for Category 5 copper wires are settled). Since newer Macintosh computers are moving up to Gigabit Ethernet Asante has already begun to offer Gigabit Ethernet hubs for the Macintosh.
Reports indicate that a multiple-processor CUP is needed to drive a Gigabit Ethernet system (Information Week, May 10, 1999, p. 22SS) so it is interesting as to how Macintosh will overcome this reported situation. Since Asante is already producing Gigabit equipment for the new Macs, the report may be in error.
Introduction to 100Base-T Ethernet.
Most recently updated July 06, 2001.