The Question is:
Is it recommended to have your routers autonegotiating with a 10mb card. I was
told that autonegotiate for the Alpha is not recommended and that all the
routers should be set to 10mb or you could experience some network slowdown.
Is this true?
The Answer is :
Autonegotiation is not recommended with certain controllers, please
see the FAQ for related details.
As to whether or not a particular controller or a particular network
switch -- a protocol router does not generally become involved in
Ethernet LAN or IEEE 802.3 LAN auto-negotiation, as negotiation is
typically a controller-level activity -- that depends highly on the
particular controllers and switch(es) involved. (The particular devices
have not been specified here, unfortunately.) Some devices will
obviously work more reliably than others and specific configurations,
and newer network gear will typically tend to negotiate better and
more reliably than will older gear.
Please see the OpenVMS FAQ and topics such as (1869), (2226), (2906),
(3252), (3586) and (8200) for details of typical configuration mechanisms
for the DE500 series Ethernet controller -- most of these will refer you
to the FAQ -- and please see the general discussion of autonegotiation
and duplex settings here in topic (4658).