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last time i had to deal with the hardware side of LAN was 2 years ago.
i diagnosed my problem as a bad LAN card, so i replaced it.
just a regular LAN card, PCI i think, nothing different.
as im snooping around, i notice motherboards today come with built in LAN, available in the rear I/O bay area.
is this the same thing ??
outside cable line > cable modem > motherboard's LAN ??
are onboard LAN comparable/better than stand alone LAN cards ??
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the onboard NICs are the same as PCI NICs...except you can't replace them when they break....besides quality of parts...there's not much difference between ethernet NICs of the same speed rating...no real fancy bells and whistles or anything special...just a place to plug a wire
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