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10.3: Check network speed to resolve connection issues
Authored by: Furie on Jan 31, '04 02:23:36AM

This really doesn't have anything to do with Panther in particular. As someone who built large-ish Ethernet networks in a past life, I can certainly vouch for the fact that auto-negotiation isn't always automatic.

It's a simple case of certain hardware not talking well to certain other hardware. Certain NICs don't like certain switches, certain switches don't like certain other switches, etc.

While having the wrong speed or duplex settings can drastically hurt performance, I've never seen any damage done by messing with them. Generally, switches run full duplex, hubs run at half, although it's not always the case. Most mismatch issues are with duplex negotiation, not speed.

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