Now normally I don’t like to be quite so … well…non complementary about a product …especially when I personally haven’t suffered from the issues surrounding it. But lately so much weirdness has occurred with one brand of network cards that we’ve begun to label them as downright Evil.
A comment, and a SRX case that had to be opened to get to the bottom of the issue pointed out again how, right now, at all costs, Broadcom nics should be avoided. Once again, they nailed an SBSer who was trying to install R2 and the WSUS install just wouldn’t.
Buy/scrounge some Intel nics, disable the Broadcoms on the motherboard if that’s where they are at and hopefully at some point in time the Broadcoms will straighten out.
But for right now… avoid them like the plague.
Now in all fairness, Darrin got it working by installing the management software and only installing the drivers, which.. even my Intel wireless nics like/want to load up wireless managent software that freaks things out . So perhaps that should be “Avoid all management software like the plague” to be fair.
P.S. D-links are reported by some to have evil tendencies as well.
Under the unofficial blogger code of ethics – no vendor has paid for this endorsement of Intel nics…they just have always been rock solid. It’s called “been there, done that, they work”. And I started a new category for the blog…. called “Evil Things”.