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Intel PWLA8391GT PRO/1000 GT PCI Network Adapter
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||1 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Data Link Protocol||Ethernet|
|Data Transfer Rate||1000 Megabits Per Second|
|Item Weight||0.07 Kilograms|
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- Intel 82541PI Gigabit Controller: Enhances high performance and reliability
- 10/100/1000 Mbps: Allows easy migration to faster networks as current 10/100 Mbps networks move to Gigabit
- Category-5 Cabling: Uses pre-existing 4-pair cabling and saves re-wiring cost
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|Item Dimensions||1 x 1 x 1 inches||4.8 x 0.8 x 2.5 inches||0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches||4.75 x 2.2 x 0.75 inches||4.72 x 0.85 x 5.1 inches||8 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches|
Now you can maximize system performance and increase end-user productivity for mainstream PCs with the new Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter. Today's desktops are weighed down with high-bandwidth applications including voice, data, streaming video, video conferencing, and long-distance storage area networks. The environmentally friendly Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter's Gigabit bandwidth makes quick work of these network applications with power to spare. The Intelligent Way to Connect Built on Intel lead-free technology, the Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter is the environmentally friendly way to bring Gigabit performance to your desktop at no extra cost. The GT Desktop Adapter contains no lead and conforms to the European Union's Restrictions on the use of Hazardous Substances and Japan's White Goods Recycling Act. Intel Ethernet- It just works.
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Built on Intel lead-free technology, the Intel PRO/ 1000 GT Desktop Adapter is the way to bring Gigabit performance to your desktop at no extra cost. The GT Desktop Adapter contains no lead and conforms to the European Union's Restrictions on the use of Hazardous Substances and Japan's White Goods Recycling Act.
- Simplify installation and maintenance with Intel SingleDriver technology
- High-performing, auto-negotiating 10/100/ 1000 connection
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
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In this case, upgrading to the Intel Pro/1000 GT Gigabit NIC in my 2004 era Dell Dimension 4600 REALLY WAS only 10 minutes. Very easy, no hassles. Well, actually 30 minutes because I'm paranoid and read these reviews for advice before actually pulling the switch.
Here's the drill (Dell Dimension 4600 with original on-board 10/100 NIC, running XP Pro):
1.) Make sure you have the driver CD that came with the package ready.
2.) Unplug the power from your computer (and disconnect all other devices so you can open the box).
3.) Open the computer, remove the back cover plate from 1 of the empty PCI slots (you do have 1 empty PCI slot right?), and then shove this network card (firmly) into the PCI slot. Screw it down with the screw from the cover plate (that you can now throw away).
4.) Close the computer and plug everything back in (remember to plug your ethernet wire into your brand new Gigabit NIC (not the old one), LOL.
5.) Turn on your computer. After Windows has loaded, etc., insert the driver CD that came with the package and let it do its thing. It will automatically find the new hardware and install the appropriate driver.
6.) Voila, you're done!
*NOTE: I did NOT have to de-activate, disable, or do anything with the original on-board 10/100 NIC.
Now I surf at noticeably faster speeds! I noticed an improvement in internet performance when I upgraded my router and switch to Gigabit, and now a big jump in speed as soon as I installed this Gigabit NIC. Next step is to upgrade my internet service from 25 Mbps to 100Mbps now that my infrastructure is ready! I suspect once I upgrade all my computers to 2012 era machines I'll see even greater speeds.
If you have doubts like I did about whether this upgrade can help speed up your internet, don't worry it definitely makes things faster. Even with 2004 - 2006 era PC's, as long as all of your other components are Gigabit ready, you WILL notice a definite improvement when surfing the net. In fact, for $30 I'm going to upgrade the NIC in all of my older computers.
NOTE that my current network includes a Gigabit router, Gigabit switch, and Cat 5 (4 pair) cabling. So everything is Gigabit ready. And yes you do get Gigabit network speeds over Cat 5 cable - as long as you have good 4 pair Cat 5 and all connections are terminated properly. You may not get quite as good performance as Cat 5e or 6 if you have a lot of electrical interference or very long runs, but for almost all home applications your Cat. 5 wire will give you a Gigabit network just like Cat 5e or Cat 6.
During the install of ESXi, everything went smoothly. However, when I booted the server for the first time, the card was not visible is ESXi (i.e. 'esxcfg-nics -l' only showed the on-board NIC). Reviewing the output of 'dmesg' showed this error for the new card: 'e1000: 0000:01:06.0: e1000_probe: Invalid MAC Address'
I then used a bootable Ubuntu USB drive to start the server so that I could further diagnose the issue. Running 'ifconfig -a' showed the card to have the following MAC: 01:01:00:00:06:a2. This is an invalid MAC address according to ESXi, I believe because of the first octet, and it does not match the MAC address printed on the card. Fortunately, this was a simple fix using a package called 'ethtool.'
This will not be extremely detailed and is probably not for beginners, but you can do the following to fix the issue:
1) Run 'ethtool -e eth0 | head -n 3', which will dump out a couple of header rows and then a line of hex. The first six bytes of the hex output should show the currently configured MAC address.
2) Run the following to replace the invalid MAC address with the MAC address printed on the card (e.g. 00:07:e9:01:02:03).
# ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x017c8086 offset 0x0 value 0x00
# ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x017c8086 offset 0x1 value 0x07
# ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x017c8086 offset 0x2 value 0xe9
# ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x017c8086 offset 0x3 value 0x01
# ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x017c8086 offset 0x4 value 0x02
# ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x017c8086 offset 0x5 value 0x03
3) If you run 'ethtool -e eth0 | head -n 3' again, the first six bytes should show the new MAC address.
4) Reboot the server and ESXi and the new card should be able to get an IP address now.
In short, I am guessing that this card is a refurbished item and that the refurbish process did not include resetting the EEPROM. At least it was a simple fix, but I still only gave the product 4-stars because of this issue.