What is Multifuction NIC

April 17, 2009 at 00:48:15
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Some network cards (NICs) are Multifiction NICs. What exactly does that mean? Does that just mean that they can be used to iSCSI to a netword drive or is there also something else?

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April 17, 2009 at 02:28:06
It may have to do with that they are ethernet cable independent, for exmaple it doesn't matter if you use either a cross over or straight through cable on them. They will detect the cable type and adjust accordingly.


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April 17, 2009 at 07:23:21
I just did a quick google search and found the following:

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliantessentials/aip/index.html

From the sounds of it, a multifunction NIC will do regular network data as well as iSCSI.

I'm sure there's probably more info available elsewhere but I wasn't going to invest too much of my time finding it since anybody can use google just as easily as I can.


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