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4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI Express Adapter (FC 5717; CCIN 5717)

Learn about features, requirements, and specifications for the feature code (FC) 5717 adapter.

The 4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI Express Adapter is a PCI Express (PCIe), full duplex, four ported, Gigabit Ethernet adapter that can be configured to run either port at 1000, 100, or 10 Mbps data rate. This adapter interfaces to the system through a PCIe bus and connects to a network using a 4-pair CAT-5 Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cable for distances of up to 100 meters. The adapter conforms to the IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T standard. The 5717 also supports jumbo frames when running at the 1000 Mbps speed.

The adapter provides the following features:
  • Supports interrupt moderation to deliver increased performance while significantly reducing central processing unit (CPU) utilization
  • Allows quad-port operation in x4, x8, x16 slots, and each port operates without interfering with the other
  • Each port operates without interfering with the other
  • Auto-negotiation, full-duplex (half-duplex available for 10/100)
  • Integrated media access control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)
  • Supports Fast EtherChannel (FEC) and Gigabit EtherChannel (GEC) when used with capable switch
  • Supports IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation control protocol when used with capable switch
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLANs, IEEE 802.3 (z, ab, u, x) flow control support, IEEE 802.1p
  • TCP checksum offload -- transmission control protocol (TCP), Internet Protocol (IP) for IPv4
  • TCP Segmentation Offload (TSO) / Large Send Offload (LSO)
  • Bus width x4 lane; operable in x4, x8, or x16 slots
  • Bus speed (x4, encoded rate) 10 Gbps unidirectional and 20 Gbps bidirectional
  • EEPROM SPI and single EEPROM support
  • Interrupt levels INTA and MSI (requires system and software support for MSI)
  • IEEE 802.3ab
  • Hardware certifications FCC B, UL, CE, VCCI, BSMI, CTICK, MIC
  • Four RJ-45 connectors
  • LEDs on each port identifying speed and link activity
  • Compliant with European Union Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

For details about slot priorities and placement rules, see the PCI adapter placement topic collection for your system.

Adapter specifications

FRU number
*Designed to comply with RoHS requirement
I/O bus architecture
  • PCIe V1.0a compliant
  • Bus width x4 lane PCIe, operable in x4, x8, x16 slots
  • Bus speed (x4, encoded rate) 10 Gbps unidirectional; 20 Gbps bidirectional
Maximum number
For the maximum adapters supported, see the PCI adapter placement topic collection for your system.
Adapter size
PCIe short form
Connector information
  • Four RJ-45 ports
  • Two LED adapter status indicators per port, for link activity and speed
Customers supply their own cables. For best performance, use cables that meet Cat 5e cabling standards, or later.

Adapter LED states

The LEDs on the adapter provide information about the adapter's operation status. The LEDs are visible through the adapter's mounting bracket. 4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCIe Adapter shows the location of the LEDs. Table 1 describes the different LED states and what those states indicate.

The following figure shows the adapter:
Figure 1. 4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCIe Adapter
Adapter illustration
Table 1. Adapter LEDs and descriptions
LED Light Description
Activity/link Green Active link
Off No link

The absence of a link can indicate a defective cable, defective connector, or a configuration mismatch.

Blinking Data activity
Speed Off 10 Mbps
Green 100 Mbps
Orange 1000 Mbps

Operating system or partition requirements

The adapter is supported for the following operating systems:

This adapter is supported for the following versions of the operating system:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • For support details, see the Linux Alert website

If you are installing a new feature, ensure that you have the software that is required to support the new feature and that you determine whether there are any prerequisites for this feature and attaching devices. To check for the prerequisites, see IBM® Prerequisite website .

Installing the adapter

This section explains how to install the adapter. If you are installing the operating system at this time, install the adapter before you install the operating system. If the operating system is already installed and you need to install the device driver for this adapter, install the device driver software before you install the adapter.

Attention: Before installing an adapter, review the precautions in Safety notices and Handling static sensitive devices. Do not remove the adapter from its anti-static package until you are ready to place it in the system unit.

To install the adapter, follow these steps:

  1. Determine the PCIe slot in which to place the adapter.

    The adapter has an x4 PCIe connector and can be placed in a x4, x8 or x16 slot. See the PCI adapter placement for information about the PCIe slots on your system unit.

  2. Install the adapter using the instructions in the system unit service guide.

Verifying the adapter installation

To verify that the system unit recognizes the adapter, type lsdev -Cs pci at the command line and press Enter.

A list of PCI devices displays. If the adapter is installed correctly, the status of available for each port indicates that the adapter is installed and ready to use. If a message indicates that any of the ports are defined instead of available, shut down the server and verify that the adapter was installed correctly.

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Last updated: Thu, May 28, 2015