What 's a 3Com 3c515 worth these days?

From: Tothwolf <tothwolf_at_concentric.net>
Date: Tue Dec 25 18:08:12 2001

On Tue, 25 Dec 2001, Gary Hildebrand wrote:
> Ethan Dicks wrote:
> >
> > There were very few *ISA* 10/100 NICs ever made. The 3C515 is one of
> > them. One of the local junk shops has a couple behind the counter.
> > They are marked $20. I have no idea if that's a reasonable price or
> > if they are gouging (they also have some used RTC8139-based boards
> > next to them for $7, for comparison).
> >
> > Just curious, but not curious enough to drop $20 up front.
> I was getting 3c505 cards for 15 per, I'd start there. $20 tops.

The 505 is a much older card, and only supports 10mb/s compared to the
100mb/s that the 515 supports. The 505 is part of the Etherlink Plus
series, which predates the Etherlink III series. The Plus series came out
right after the Etherlink II series. I personally wouldn't pay more than
$5 for a used 505, and would expect to pay $1-$3.

I'd buy a 509 (Etherlink III series) over a 505 in most cases, due to
performance and driver issues. The 505 only has 1 transmit buffer, which
makes its performance suffer a little compared to the 509. Driver support
for the 509 is also much better. Overall, the 509 was probably the most
successful and popular ISA card 3Com ever made.

Received on Tue Dec 25 2001 - 18:08:12 GMT

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