A quick search on google shows that Linux has support
for Sun's QFE effort on the Sparc platform, as well as
4-port IntraServer (IS) 5232E-TP Tulip card, and prolly
others, what manufacturers make them for intel platforms?
Anyway, yeh, the Sun QFE card is nothing more than
a PCI card with 4 female RJ45's holes in it. Sun also
sell nice trunking software, so you can do failover and
NIC trunnking into one large pipe. A warning though,
4 NIC's at full throttle will eat up about a 300mhz UltraSPARCII
chip, dunno how that translates into the world of Intel - Unless
you're just doing failover, don't put one of these into a single
The Sun QFE card, iirc, does work without special drivers if you assign
the HME drivers to each of the NICs on the card, but it's not
supported etc. - I can't imagine it being too hard to work
with Linux, as long as the chipset is supported!
Here's a link about a working Intel card you can buy.
From: Donncha O Caoimh [mailto:donncha.ocaoimh at tradesignals.com]
Sent: 09 November 2000 13:22
Subject: [ILUG] quad NICs
Can anyone recommend a brand of quad NICs that Linux supports? In
related news, are they simply network cards with 4 ports out the back?
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