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 Post subject: Quad-NIC options for a non-server PC...
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:56 am 
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Hi,

Firstly, my heartiest apologies if this query has been made before, but I searched the whole switching forum only to find little or no relevance to my case.

Well, as I'm going to get the delivery of 4 real switches very soon, I thought of getting some precious and kind help/advise from the experienced guys here beforehand, regarding one of the methods to connect these switches to GNS3 virtual routers.

I've decided to go with qaud-NICs variation for LAN connection to my switches, for which I'll get a PC that is not a server machine. Spent a lot of time searching for the brands/models that do work with a normal desktop PC. Could anyone please advise the options that I have in this scenario, for quad-NIC brands/models? FYI, I'm planning to install Ubuntu 12.10 x64 on this lab PC.

Any help shall be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance.




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 Post subject: Re: Quad-NIC options for a non-server PC...
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:19 am 
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Hi,

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Could anyone please advise the options that I have in this scenario, for quad-NIC brands/models?


Here are the models known to work.

D-Link DFE-570TX
D-Link DFE-580TX
Adaptec Quartet64 ANA-62044
HP A5506-60102
Sun Quad 501-4366

Also please have a look to this page -> http://www.gns3.net/switching-quad-nic- ... ds-option/

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 Post subject: Re: Quad-NIC options for a non-server PC...
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:04 am 
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Hi,

Thanks very much for the response grossmj.

So do you mean all these models will (or are known to) fit in/work with the conventional/old (32-bit) PCI slot present in non-server machines/motherboards?

Also, What do you think of ADAPTEC ANA-64044? I surely remember to have read something favorable about it somewhere.

Thanks a lot once again.


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 Post subject: Re: Quad-NIC options for a non-server PC...
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:01 am 
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I currently use a Intel PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter in a my desktop machine. The card is designed for a server, but supports both 64-bit and 32-bit PCI buses, so works just fine in a standard PCI slot.

http://www.intel.com/support/network/adapter/1000mtquad/sb/cs-009537.htm

I think the quad version is no longer produced but you might find one on ebay.

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 Post subject: Re: Quad-NIC options for a non-server PC...
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:16 am 
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Thanks Claydon.

The issue now is that I can only find ADAPTEC ANA-64044 in used stock and cheap ($42). I believe it also supports both 32-bit/64-bit PCI slots. Will have to dig a little deeper probably to see if it really does.

None of the other models that grossmj and you mentioned seem to be available here with anyone.

Well, thanks very much once again to both of you gentlemen. It was great help.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:46 pm 
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Hi,

I am pretty sure that most of these cards fit in a standard PCI slot however the best is to find the blog or post of someone sharing his experience. One issue can be the size of the card, they can be very long.

Good luck and please share your experience when you have completed your lab

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:47 pm 
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grossmj wrote:
One issue can be the size of the card, they can be very long.


This is very true, mine would only fit in one PCI slot so as to miss a heatsink on the motherboard.

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 Post subject: Re: Quad-NIC options for a non-server PC...
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:53 pm 
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grossmj wrote:
Hi,

I am pretty sure that most of these cards fit in a standard PCI slot however the best is to find the blog or post of someone sharing his experience. One issue can be the size of the card, they can be very long.

Good luck and please share your experience when you have completed your lab

Thanks,



Thanks a lot.

And yes you guys are absolutely right. But that is the case only for PCI-X cards and not for conventional PCI (32-bit) ones right?

It's really strange though, that now not "Adaptec ANA-64044" but HP NC340T quad-port PCI-X card is the only available option I've got in the local used items market :(, which according to the supplier is compatible with 32-bit PCI slot. Is this true? I don't have a PC yet so can't check.

Also, do you or anyone have any idea/experience regarding the functionality/performance of these cards with GNS3 => real switches scenario?

Thanks.




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