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PCIE Server NIC card Application

  • PCI-E NIC Cards provide redundant connectivity to ensure an uninterrupted network connection.

  • PCI-E NIC Cards are ideal for VM environments with multiple operating systems, requiring shared or dedicated NICs.

  • They are specially designed for desktop PC clients, servers, and workstations with few PCI Express slots available.


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4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI Express Adapter Overview


The IBM 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.

4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCIe Adapter

4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCIe Adapter

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 Ethernet Channel (FEC) and Gigabit Ethernet Channel (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) 10Gbps unidirectional and 20Gbps 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


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.

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Table 1. Adapter LEDs and descriptions






Active link


No link

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


Data activity



10 Mbps


100 Mbps


1000 Mbps



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