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OnBoard NIC for N40L and N54L.. Latest Driver, Settings for Optimal Performance


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Has anyone installed the latest version of the onboard NIC driver? If yes, where is the driver located? I am running WHS2011. Additionally is there any settings to get the optimal throughput out of the onboard NIC? I really don't want to use up one of my PCI-E slots for an external NIC card.

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I've just been running with the drivers that Windows finds and loads automatically with no performance problems that I can see.

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Has anyone installed the latest version of the onboard NIC driver? If yes, where is the driver located? I am running WHS2011. Additionally is there any settings to get the optimal throughput out of the onboard NIC? I really don't want to use up one of my PCI-E slots for an external NIC card.

Have you tested the throughput?  What makes you think something is wrong?

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I suspect he just wants to ensure he's getting max throughput but, like you said, testing is the way to go. There certainly are enough LAN test suites available.

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jPerf: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jperf/

 

LAN Speed Test: http://download.cnet.com/LAN-Speed-Test-2/3000-2085_4-75219238.html

 

QCheck (if you're running a Windows OS prior to Vista, unfortunately): http://www.ixchariot.com/products/datasheets/qcheck.html

 

LAN Tornado: http://www.download32.com/lan-testing-software.html

 

I still think, however, that doing your own file copy tests, with a wide variety of file sizes, is one of the best real-world methods.

 

 

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I've just been running with the drivers that Windows finds and loads automatically with no performance problems that I can see.

I read on another forum that the on-board NIC does not support jumbo frames.

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That is correct and the updated driver does not provide Jumbo Frame support.

 

I don't know if this link is going to work but here is the link I found to the HP Drivers, Software and Firmware for HP ProLiant MicroServer HP Broadcom 1Gb Driver.  The Version is 15.4.0.17 dated 26 Oct 2012.  This link is for a driver for Server 2008 x64, 2008 R2 and Server 2012.

 

http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/swdDetails/?sp4ts.oid=4310887&spf_p.tpst=swdMain&spf_p.prp_swdMain=wsrp-navigationalState%3Didx%253D%257CswItem%253DMTX_80a6b8e3dcad4432a61cadd750%257CswEnvOID%253D4138%257CitemLocale%253D%257CswLang%253D%257Cmode%253D%257Caction%253DdriverDocument&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken

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I'm using the HP provided drivers from their website myself on WS2012E.

 

As stated, no jumbo frames support (which is disappointing, given it's a server, albeit a pint-sized one on a budget).  I'm not sure the Broadcom chip the NIC uses supports it though, so I don't know if this support can be baked into a driver.  A picky person might want to install a PCIe Intel gig NIC, assuming they have a free card slot.  As I had more important uses for the slots, I did not.

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Looking at the Quickspecs, the N54L uses the HP NC107i for Ethernet.

It looks like HP uses the Broadcom BCM5723 for the NC107i. The driver listed on their site is actually older than the HP driver;

http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/netxtreme_server.php

On page 4 of the programmers guide it shows 'no' for Jumbo Frame support.

OT-There is a nice section in the users manual on NIC teaming with Broadcom.

http://www.broadcom.com/docs/support/ethernet_nic/Broadcom_NetXtreme_Server_15.4.pdf

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