Lesson 5

Dates: 6/12/2017
Linux networking
Linux System Administration


Exercise: Physical layer - NIC naming

  • The old traditional naming convention for NICs: eth0, eth1, eth2, ...
    Now eventd assigns names based on PCI slot address.

  • On the desktop, check available network interfaces:
    ls  /sys/class/net
    
    You should see enp4s0, lo, virbr0, virbr0-nic, vnet0, vnet1, vnet2.
    The ethernet interface is named enp4s0.
    Where en stands for Ethernet, and p4s0 for the PCI slot address.

  • Run command lspci to see the PCI devices for the Ethernet:
    lspci | grep Ethernet
    
    The PCI naming means domain:bus:slot.function. Usually domain=0 and is not present in the output.
    We see bus=04, slot=00, function=0
    The NIC name follows the PCI device location.

  • Get the info for PCI slot 04:00.0
    lspci -v -mm -s 04:00.0
    
    It shows:
    Slot:	04:00.0
    Class:	Ethernet controller
    Vendor:	Broadcom Corporation
    Device:	NetXtreme BCM5754 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
    SVendor:	Dell
    SDevice:	Precision T3400
    Rev:	02
    


    The network interfaces with the parameters assigned can be viewed by command
    ifconfig -a



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