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ethtool works with almost all NICs and permit checking and setting NIC parameters such as speed and dull-duplex, half-duplem mode. It also can set NIC speed (such as 10/100Mbps, 100/1000Mbps, or 10/100/1000Mbps NIC) to one fixed and non-negotiable speed.

Generally autonegoation is the best setting and you should avoid replacing it with fixed settings unless nessesay.  But in case of backups this is not always the case. Also some network applications, such as ftp, might fails to work properly if NIC auto-negotiate speed with switch/router. 

For example to check if interface eth0 is full duplex or half-duplex mode and see other parameters try:

# ethtool eth0
Settings for eth0:
        Supported ports: [ TP ]
        Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
        Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Speed: 1000Mb/s
        Duplex: Full
        Port: Twisted Pair
        PHYAD: 1
        Transceiver: internal
        Auto-negotiation: on
        Supports Wake-on: g
        Wake-on: g
        Link detected: yes
Here full duplex, half duplex and auto-negotiation have the following meanings.

Note: If you want to find what type of network card is used, its speed, on which IRQ it is listed, and the chip type used, you use the following command : # dmesg |grep eth0

Setting specific interface parameters with ethtool

To set specific parameters usually option -s is used:


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The second method is to use the ethtool command. To find out the driver name for an interface eth0, run the following.

$ ethtool -i eth0 


[Oct 12, 2011] CentOS 5.5 ethtool

1.49.1. RHBA-2010:0279: bug fix and enhancement update

An enhanced ethtool package that fixes a number of minor issues is now available.

The ethtool utility allows the querying and changing of specific settings on network adapters. These settings include speed, port, link auto-negotiation settings and PCI locations.

This updated package adds the following enhancements:

* ethtool can now display all NIC speeds, not just 10/100/1000. (BZ#450162)

* the redundant INSTALL file has been removed from the package. (BZ#472034)

* the ethtool usage message has been fixed to not state that -h requires a DEVNAME. (BZ#472038)

* ethtool now recognizes 10000 as a valid speed and includes it as a supported link mode. (BZ#524241, BZ#529395)

All ethtool users should upgrade to this updated package which provides these enhancements.

All about Linux Find the speed of your Ethernet card in Linux

For logging on to the net or for attaching as a node on a LAN, your computer needs a network card. The network card forms the interface between your computer and the network. There are different kinds of network cards available in the market depending on its speed and other features. Here is a tip to find out the characteristics of your network card.

If you want to find what type of network card is used, its speed, on which IRQ it is listed, and the chip type used, you use the following command :

 # dmesg |grep eth0
Here eth0 is the first network card. If you have additional cards, it will be named eth1, eth2 and so on. And here is the output of the above command :
divert: allocating divert_blk for eth0
eth0: RealTek RTL8139 at 0xd800, 00:80:48:34:c2:84, IRQ 9
eth0:   Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8100B/8139D'
divert: freeing divert_blk for eth0
divert: allocating divert_blk for eth0
eth0: RealTek RTL8139 at 0xd800, 00:90:44:34:a5:33, IRQ 9
eth0:   Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8100B/8139D'
eth0: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0x41E1
eth0: no IPv6 routers present
...
The important things to note here are those highlighted in colour. As you can see from the above listing, my ethernet card is a RealTek RTL8139 chipset based card on IRQ 9 (Interrupt Request). Its speed is 100 Mbps and is a full-duplex card. And the link is up.

....

And it uses autonegotiation to bring up the link. You can call the above device as a 10/100 NIC.

Another tool which also does the same thing is ethtool. Try the following command on your machine to see the output.

# ethtool eth0


Settings for eth0:
   
  Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
   
  Supported link modes:     10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                                   
                          100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
   
  Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
   
  Advertised link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                                   
                          100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
   
  Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
   
  Speed: 100Mb/s
   
  Duplex: Full
   
  Port: MII
   
  PHYAD: 32
   
  Transceiver: internal
   
  Auto-negotiation: on
   
  Supports Wake-on: pumbg
   
  Wake-on: p
   
  Current message level: 0x00000007 (7)
   
  Link detected: yes
Here full duplex, half duplex and auto-negotiation have the following meanings.

Full Duplex - Logic that enables concurrent sending and receiving. This is usually desirable and enabled when your computer is connected to a switch.

Half Duplex - This logic requires a card to only send or receive at a single point of time. When your machine is connected to a Hub, it auto-negotiates itself and uses half duplex to avoid collisions.

Auto-negotiation - This is the process of deciding whether to work in full duplex mode or half duplex mode. An ethernet card supporting autonegotiation will decide for itself which mode is the optimal one depending on the network it is attached to.

Task: Install mii-tool and ethtool tools

If you are using Debian Linux you can install both of these package with following command:# apt-get install ethtool net-toolsIf you are using Red Hat Enterprise Linux you can install both of these package with following command:# up2date ethtool net-toolsIf you are using Fedora Core Linux you can install both of these package with following command:# yum install ethtool net-tools

Task: Get speed and other information for eth0

Type following command as root user:
# ethtool eth0Output:

Settings for eth0:
     Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
     Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
     Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
     Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
     Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
     Speed: 100Mb/s
     Duplex: Full
     Port: MII
     PHYAD: 32
     Transceiver: internal
     Auto-negotiation: on
     Supports Wake-on: pumbg
     Wake-on: d
     Current message level: 0x00000007 (7)
     Link detected: yes

Or use mii-tool command as follows:# mii-tool eth0Output:

eth0: negotiated 100baseTx-FD flow-control, link ok

Task: Change the speed and duplex settings

Setup eth0 negotiated speed with mii-tool
Disable autonegotiation, and force the MII to either 100baseTx-FD, 100baseTx-HD, 10baseT-FD, or 10baseT-HD:# mii-tool -F 100baseTx-HD
# mii-tool -F 10baseT-HD
Setup eth0 negotiated speed with ethtool# ethtool -s eth0 speed 100 duplex full
# ethtool -s eth0 speed 10 duplex half
To make these settings permanent you need to create a shell script and call from /etc/rc.local (Red Hat) or if you are using Debian create a script into the directory /etc/init.d/ directory and run update-rc.d command to update the script.

Read man page of mii-tool and ethtool for more information.

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