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Old 08-05-2017, 06:55 AM   #1
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How to check the network adapter model, drivers

How do I know what model of network card I have on my computer? And where can I download drivers for it? From what I have seen the drivers are up to debian 8 and i want to 9
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lspci -knn
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. 
RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 06)
        Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. Device [105b:0d81]
        Kernel driver in use: r8169
        Kernel modules: r8169

this command shows ethernet card specification and it's vendor ID and device ID. Using these IDs (in square brackets) you can find which driver you need.
there was a fine website, where you could find which driver you need for particular vendorID/deviceID, but seems this site is down now...

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My personal Google-Search presents me additionally in this context this side:
perhaps it helps?
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Hi linuxquest13,

Teufel's post above gives the standard linux command to identify your network interface and the required driver. In his case, the ubiquitous Realtek driver (r8169) is part of the kernel. Your mileage may vary, but unless your network hardware requires proprietary software, the current kernel supports quite a wide variety of adapters.

Worst case, if you need a proprietary driver, most distros provide them or you could compile from source from the manufacturer's repo.

Cheers :-)

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