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Verdict
The smartNIC is meant to be an attractive alternative to costly Ethernet PCMCIA cards and indeed it is. The device works very well in the appropriate conditions but these conditions are quite hard to swallow. A 10Mbps Ethernet network and Windows98/98SE-only platforms are the main constraints. The network constraint is an important consideration for people running non-switching 10/100Mbps Ethernet networks (especially home networks). Users who run NT or Linux on their notebooks will absolutely frown at the lack of OS support. As such, it would be hard for me to recommend the smartNIC to the general user. However, for individuals who are comfortable with the requirements stated above, the smartNIC is recommended as a cost-effective solution for more expensive LAN PCMCIA cards.

 

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