On RHEL, how to find firmware for your NIC?
I ran across this the other day when I had to determine what drivers I’ve been using on my NIC cards. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but we’ve been having many unexplained network timeouts and upgrading all the drivers was necessary.
Here’s how find the version on RHEL5 (tested):
# ethtool -i ethX # Where X=[0|1|2…]
Check with your hardware vendor and NIC manufacture website for latest. We’ve been having issues specifically with Broadcom NetExtreme II 5709 NICs.