New ethernet card / old network?

February 9, 2010 at 12:22:02
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 2 ghz / 1 GB
Greetings. I'm the host of a home wireless network using a Realtek ethernet card and an Actiontec GT-701-WG (with the latest firmware) which sends out the network signal. I've been experiencing rather spotty network performance lately and I've been wondering if maybe a new ethernet card (present one is 6 years old) would be in order. My question is: If I were to install a new Realtek ethernet card, would the new card grab the old network settings and would I immediately have a working network without having to resort to creating a whole new wireless network? I don't believe there's anything wrong with my current network configuration, I just think my hardware is getting old and needs replacing. It makes sense to me that a simple swap of network cards (by the same manufacturer) would enable me to use the old network with the new card, but what the hell do I know. THANKS !

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February 9, 2010 at 12:49:20
new card means new setup of that card.

To determine if the card, wireless router, or ISP is responsible for the performance hits, you need to conduct isolation tests.

Failing to determine where your performance issue resides means you will spend money needlessly.

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February 9, 2010 at 13:02:37
Thanks Wanderer. I was afraid you were going to say that :-) I really need a new PC more than a new network card as my current one is getting quite old, but funds are lacking at the present time, and I don't want to purchase some low end piece of crap. I'll see what I can do in regards to isolating my performance issues. Thanks again.

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