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Old 01-21-2003, 01:02 PM   #1
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set NIC speed


My employer uses old cat 5 flat ribbon network cable. It cannot handle speeds greater then 10mbs.
I am using RH 8 on a Dell Dimension with a RealTek 10/100 PCI adapter ethernet card.
The NIC wants to operate at 100mbs (auto negotiate), I want to setup my system so that the NIC will use 10mbs only (until cable is upgraded).

I have used the mii-tool to force the network speed to 10mbs but, I don't want to have to go through the extra effort every time I turn my machine on.
I want my NIC card to boot up at 10mbs.

thanks in advance...
 
Old 01-21-2003, 06:56 PM   #2
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Are all the cables in your office only capable of 10Mbps or is it just your cable?

If it's only your cable, have you thought of getting a cable that can do 100Mbps?

If the cabling in the office can only do 10Mbps, then whoever manages/administers your networking kit should really be setting the ports on your switch (I assume you connect into a switch at some point) to 10Mbps, that way your NIC should only do 10Mbps rather than 100.
 
Old 01-22-2003, 04:48 PM   #3
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set switchport to 10mbs

Good point! I am in a small remote office that consists of essentially three computers connected to a linksys router, which is in turn connected to the INTERNET via dsl.
I don't know of a way to set the linksys 'switch' ports to 10Mb.
 
Old 01-22-2003, 05:23 PM   #4
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Hmm ok, I'm not familiar with linksys kit, but I'm sure there's some sort of web management of the thing. Whether or not you can set the port to 10Mbps or not, I don't know.
 
Old 02-03-2003, 11:52 AM   #5
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my final solution

What I ended up doing was placing the command,
mii-tool -F 10baseT-FD
in the /etc/rc.d/rc.local file. Now, when I boot up my nic is set and ready for action.

thanks for the help
 
  


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