Is NetBEUI a better protocol than TCP/IP for LAN environments? What advantages do we have when we do file transfers on LAN networks?
The truth is that the difference in overhead on a well-tuned system is not major enough to justify keeping NetBEUI around. There are also problems that can arise with having both NetBEUI and TCP/IP on the same system, especially if an application mistakenly tries to encapsulate NetNEUI into TCP/IP (which just slows everything down). NetBEUI is also no longer installed by default in Windows systems, and may not be supported any longer in the near future. The best thing to do is just use TCP/IP in a fast network environment -- i.e., use a 100-megabit full duplex switch -- and not use NetBEUI, as it tends to create or preserve more problems than it solves in the long run.
This was first published in December 2002