Albert has given you sound advice. To balance out the different sides I would go to ebay, or a local used computer store and pick up a 3Com 3C905B-TX NIC. They are bullet proof (Well close), have been around alone time (So they are well support), and go for $3 - $5 used. The are 10/100 and function in duplex, haft duplex, and auto modes. From Win 98 to the latest XP will reconnize it without a drivers disk. You DSL will max out at 6 mbs which is far below the 100mbs max of this card. I must admit it speeds thing up on your LAN when you are transferring between local computers. I do this when reinstalling software.
So that is the low end approach. Not pretty but it works.
Edited by acklan, 29 November 2005 - 09:01 PM.