Linux* Base Driver for Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Connections

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Install & Setup

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10/10/2018

There are three Linux* base drivers for Intel® Gigabit Network Connections:

  • igb-x.x.x.tar.gz driver: Supports all 82575/6, 82580, I350, I354, and I210/I211 based gigabit network connections.
  • e1000e-x.x.x.x.tar.gz driver: Supports the Intel® PRO/1000 PCI-E (82563/6/7, 82571/2/3/4/7/8, or 82583) I217/I218/I219 based gigabit network adapters.
  • e1000-x.x.x.tar.gz driver: Supports Intel® PRO/1000 PCI and PCI-X family of gigabit network connections.

Select the proper version below for download and installation instructions.

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Install the Linux* igb* base driver for Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Connection

The Linux* igb driver supports all 82575, 82576, 82580, I350, I354, and I210/I211 based Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Connections.
For driver configuration details, see the Read Me file in Download Center.

Overview

The Linux base drivers support the 2.4.x, 2.6.x and 3.x kernels. These drivers include support for Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor-based systems.

These drivers are only supported as a loadable module. We don't supply patches against the kernel source to allow for static linking of the drivers. For questions related to hardware requirements, see the documentation supplied with your Intel Gigabit adapter. All hardware requirements listed apply to use with Linux.

The following features are available in supported kernels:

  • Native VLANs
  • Channel Bonding (teaming)
  • SNMP

Find channel bonding documentation in the Linux kernel source: /documentation/networking/bonding.txt.

The igb driver supports IEEE 1588 time stamping for kernels 2.6.30 and above. For a basic tutorial for the technology, see NIST.

The driver information previously displayed in the /proc file system isn't supported in this release. You can use ethtool (version 1.6 or later), lspci, and ifconfig to obtain the same information.

Building and installation

The steps below require elevated privileges.

Prerequisites

Red Hat based platforms: CentOS, RHEL, or Fedora

  • yum install gcc make
  • yum install kernel kernel-devel
Ubuntu and Debian based platforms
  • apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  • apt-get install gcc make
You may need to perform a general update and restart before the next steps.
  1. Download current igb package from Download Center. Move the base driver tar file to the directory of your choice.
    For example, use /home/username/igb or /usr/local/src/igb.

  2. Untar/unzip the archive, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar file:

    tar zxf igb-<x.x.x>.tar.gz
  3. Change to the driver src directory, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar:

    cd igb-<x.x.x>/src/
  4. Compile the driver module:

    make install

    The binary will be installed as:

    /lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/igb/igb.ko

    The install location listed above is the default location. This may differ for various Linux distributions.

  5. Load the module using either the insmod or modprobe command:

    modprobe igb insmod igb

    Note that for 2.6 kernels the insmod command can be used if the full path to the driver module is specified. For example:

    insmod /lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/igb/igb.ko

    With 2.6 based kernels also make sure that older igb drivers are removed from the kernel, before loading the new module:

    rmmod igb; modprobe igb
  6. Assign an IP address to the interface by entering the following, where <x> is the interface number:

    ifconfig eth<x> <IP_address>
  7. Verify that the interface works. Enter the following, where <IP_address> is the IP address for another machine on the same subnet as the interface that is being tested:

    ping <IP_address>
Note

Some systems have trouble supporting MSI and/or MSI-X interrupts. If your system needs to disable this style of interrupt, the driver can be built and installed with the command:

make CFLAGS_EXTRA=-DDISABLE_PCI_MSI install

Normally the driver will generate an interrupt every two seconds. If you're no longer getting interrupts in cat /proc/interrupts for the ethX igb device, then this workaround may be necessary.

To build igb driver with DCA:

If your kernel supports DCA, the driver will build by default with DCA enabled.

Install the Linux* e1000e base driver for Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Connection

The Linux* e1000e driver supports PCI Express* Gigabit Network Connections except the 82575, 82576, 82580, I350, I354, and I210/I211.
For information concerning driver configuration details, refer to the Read Me file in the Download Center.

Overview

The Linux* base drivers support the 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels. They include support for Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor-based systems.

The drivers are only supported as a loadable module. We don't supply patches against the kernel source to allow for static linking of the drivers. For questions related to hardware requirements, see the documentation supplied with your Intel® Gigabit Network Adapter. All hardware requirements listed apply for use with Linux.

Features now available in supported kernels:

  • Native VLANs
  • Channel Bonding (teaming)
  • SNMP

Find Channel Bonding documentation in the Linux kernel source: /documentation/networking/bonding.txt.

This release doesn't support the driver information previously displayed in the /proc file system. You can also use ethtool (version 1.6 or later), lspci, and ifconfig to get the same information.

Note The Intel® 82562v 10/100 Network Connection only provides 10/100 support.

Building and installation

Steps below require elevated privileges.

Prerequisites   

Red Hat based platforms: CentOS, RHEL, or Fedora

  • yum install gcc make
  • yum install kernel kernel-devel
Ubuntu and Debian based platforms
  • apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  • apt-get install gcc make
You may need to perform a general update and restart before the next steps.
  1. Download current e1000e package from Download Center. Move the base driver tar file to the directory of your choice.
    For example, use /home/<USERNAME>/e1000e or /usr/local/src/e1000e.

  2. Untar/unzip the archive, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar file:

    tar zxf e1000e-<x.x.x>.tar.gz
  3. Change to the driver src directory, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar:

    cd e1000e-<x.x.x>/src/
  4. Compile the driver module:

    make install

    The binary installs as:

    /lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/e1000e/e1000e.ko

    The install location listed above is the default. Location may differ for various Linux distributions.

  5. Load the module using either the insmod or modprobe command:

    modprobe e1000e insmod e1000e
    Note You can use the insmod command for 2.6 kernels if you specify the full path to the driver module. For example:

    insmod /lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/e1000e/e1000e.ko

    With 2.6 based kernels, make sure that older e1000e drivers are removed from the kernel before you load the new module:

    rmmod e1000e; modprobe e1000e
  6. Assign an IP address to the interface by entering the following, where <x> is the interface number:

    ifconfig eth<x> <IP_address>
  7. Verify that the interface works. Enter the following, where <IP_address> is the IP address for another machine on the same subnet as the interface you're testing:

    ping <IP_address>
Note

Some systems have trouble supporting MSI and/or MSI-X interrupts. If your system must disable this style of interrupt, build and install the driver with the command:

make CFLAGS_EXTRA=-DDISABLE_PCI_MSI install

Normally the driver generates an interrupt every two seconds. If you're no longer seeing interrupts in cat /proc/interrupts for the ethX e1000e device, then this workaround may be necessary.

Install the Linux* e1000 base driver for Intel® PCI, PCI-X Gigabit Network Connection

The Linux* e1000 driver supports Legacy (PCI, PCI-X*) Gigabit Network Connections.
For driver configuration details, see the ReadMe file in Download Center.

Note The e1000 driver is no longer maintained as a standalone component. Request support from the maintainer of your Linux* distribution.

The Linux base drivers support the 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels. These drivers include support for Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor-based systems.

These drivers are only supported as a loadable module. We don't supply patches against the kernel source to allow for static linking of the drivers. For questions related to hardware requirements, refer to the documentation supplied with your Intel® Gigabit Adapter. All hardware requirements listed apply to use with Linux.

The following features are now available in supported kernels:

  • Native VLANs
  • Channel Bonding (teaming)
  • SNMP

Channel Bonding documentation can be found in the Linux kernel source: /documentation/networking/bonding.txt.

The driver information previously displayed in the /proc file system isn't supported in this release. Alternatively, you can use ethtool (version 1.6 or newer), lspci, and ifconfig to obtain the same information.

Note The Intel® 82562V Fast Ethernet PHY 10/100 Network Connection only provides 10/100 support.

Building and installation

The steps below require elevated privileges.

Prerequisites   

Red Hat based platforms: CentOS, RHEL, or Fedora

  • yum install gcc make
  • yum install kernel kernel-devel
Ubuntu and Debian based platforms
  • apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  • apt-get install gcc make
You may need to perform a general update and restart before the next steps.
  1. Download current e1000 package from Download Center. Move the base driver tar file to the directory of your choice.
    For example, use /home/username/e1000 or /usr/local/src/e1000.

  2. Untar/unzip the archive, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar file:

    tar zxf e1000-<x.x.x>.tar.gz
  3. Change to the driver src directory, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar:

    cd e1000-<x.x.x>/src/
  4. Compile the driver module:

    make install

    The binary is installed as:

    /lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/e1000/e1000.ko

    The install location listed above is the default location. This may differ for various Linux distributions.

  5. Load the module using either the insmod or modprobe command:

    modprobe e1000 insmod e1000
    Note For 2.6 kernels the insmod command can be used if the full path to the driver module is specified. For example:

    insmod /lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/e1000/e1000.ko

    With 2.6 based, kernels also make sure that older e1000 drivers are removed from the kernel, before loading the new module:

    rmmod e1000; modprobe e1000
  6. Assign an IP address to the interface by entering the following, where <x> is the interface number:

    ifconfig eth<x> <IP_address>
  7. Verify that the interface works. Enter the following, where <IP_address> is the IP address for another machine on the same subnet as the interface that's being tested:

    ping <IP_address>