Dual ethernet card

Bryan Vyhmeister bsd at hub3.net
Fri May 9 16:25:27 PDT 2003

Sorry. Wrong list.

On Friday, May 9, 2003, at 04:23 PM, Bryan Vyhmeister wrote:

> On Friday, May 9, 2003, at 02:09 PM, Don Lewis wrote:
>> On  9 May, Randy Smith wrote:
>>> On Fri, 9 May 2003, D.Pageau wrote:
>>>> Date: Fri, 09 May 2003 11:07:29 -0400
>>>> From: D.Pageau <dpageau at infodev.ca>
>>>> To: "freebsd-isp at freebsd.org" <freebsd-isp at freebsd.org>
>>>> Subject: Dual ethernet card
>>>> I have a FreeBSD box in 1U Rackmount case, I only have one PCI slot
>>>> availaible (1U) and I need 3 Ethernet interfaces, one is onboard the
>>>> other 2 interfaces should be a dual ethernet card.
>>>> Do you have any experience with this kind of interface, which one
>>>> (brand/model) is know to be working fine under FreeBSD.
>>> I've had good experiences with Intel PRO/100 S nics. (It'll get even
>>> better as FreeBSD gets support for the hardware encryption in the 
>>> nics.) I
>>> have a couple of 2U servers with them and they have run without any 
>>> nic
>>> related problems.
>> I wish I could say the same.  I've got two of these and they have
>> problems when used with recent versions of the fxp driver in -current.
>> Packets of certain sizes get truncated.  It is possible to test for 
>> the
>> problem by doing
>> 	ping -c 216  anotherhost
>> 	ping -c 1696 anotherhost
>> 	ping -c 3176 anotherhost
>> 	ping -c 4656 anotherhost
>> My cards work fine until I get to size 3176, but I've seen a report 
>> from
>> someone who had problems with all of the above packet sizes.  It's
>> fairly easy to get things working again by a simple patch to the 
>> driver,
>> but that disables the newer features on these cards.
>> My cards also have a problem at initial power up.  When the box is 
>> first
>> powered up the cards are not visible to either the BIOS or to FreeBSD.
>> They aren't even visible to Intel's DOS-based diagnostic .exe program.
>> Hitting the reset switch during the boot or logging onto the console 
>> and
>> rebooting will fix the problem until the next time the system is 
>> powered
>> down.  The problem happens in two different systems, one is
>> Celeron-based, and the other is an AMD Athlon-XP.  The cards are IBM 
>> OEM
>> numbered and I got them fairly cheap, so I don't know if there's
>> anything funny about that particular flavor.
> Interesting. I have been using lots of Intel cards and I have never 
> had any problems of any kind. All of my cards are either onboard on 
> Intel motherboards or Intel brand cards. I have also been using the 
> Intel 10BT/100BTX PILA8472C3 PRO/100 S Dual Port server adapter. It 
> has worked very well also. The machine with the dual port card is my 
> firewall for my whole network and has been running rock solid for a 
> long time. I have not used them with anything past 5.0 though. I tried 
> all four ping combinations and they all work fine on the cards I > tried.
> Bryan
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