lunes, 8 de junio de 2009

Four nics card.

Recently I've been trying to buy a pci card with four nics on it and I finally bought a HP 4 Port 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card A5506-60102. I saw the pictures for it and seing a lot of intel chips on it I thought this would be a e100 based card, instead this resulted on being a tulip based card, full tulip, everything is tulip based as you can see on this lspci:

05:0c.0 PCI bridge: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21154 (rev 05)
06:04.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21142/43 (rev 41)
06:05.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21142/43 (rev 41)
06:06.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21142/43 (rev 41)
06:07.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21142/43 (rev 41)

Even the bridge is a DEC based chip, you can read Intel on it like on the rest of the chips, but it's a DEC chip like the rest of them.

The card looks great, but I find two problems with it, one is the tulip driver and the bad support for VLANs it has, nothing serious, the other problem is that it seems to heat up quite a lot, this may not be a problem on servers, but on my case... we'll see. Oh, just one more thing, the card is for 64 bits PCI, but works well on a 32 bits PCI.

The other alternative I was considering was a Sun X1034A Quad 4-Port Ethernet Network Card 501-5406, which also seems to run on Linux driven by the sunhme driver and also seems to work on 32 bits PCI buses, at least that's what's said here.