Netgear NICs

  Mastermind 00:59 27 Jul 03

I am starting a home network and I need some network interface cards. Netgear has been recommended to me.

I was looking at the FA311 and FA312 click here

The only difference I can see is that the FA312 has "Wake On LAN using ACPI Remote Wake Up and Magic Packet standard".

I'm lost. Can anyone help explain this to me?

  jazzypop 09:22 27 Jul 03

Wake on Lan is typically used by a PC set up as a low-activity server. It allows the PC to 'sleep', but to be 'woken' by the NIC if it receives incoming network traffic. Not very useful for the average user.

I use both, and simply disable the Wake on Lan feature.

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