Last updated on December 8, 2020 by Dan Nanni
Sometimes you may want to know the product name or hardware settings of the network interface cards (NICs) attached to your Linux system. For example when you check whether a particular network device driver or a kernel module is compatible with your Ethernet adapter, you need to know its hardware specification such as NIC model/vendor (e.g., Broadcom NetXtreme, Intel I350), speed (e.g., 1GB/s, 10GB/s), link mode (e.g., full/half duplex), etc.
In this tutorial, I will describe how to find Ethernet NIC information from the command line in Linux.
The first method is to use
ethtool, a command-line tool for checking or modifying PCI-based Ethernet card settings.
ethtool on Ubuntu or Debian:
$ sudo apt-get install ethtool
ethtool on Fedora, CentOS or RedHat:
$ sudo yum install ethtool
To display hardware settings of a network interface card with
ethtool, run the following command. It is assumed that the NIC card is assigned the name
eth0. The reason for
sudo access in this case is to allow
ethtool to obtain wake-on-LAN settings and link status.
$ sudo ethtool eth0
Settings for eth0: Supported ports: [ TP ] Supported link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full 1000baseT/Full Supports auto-negotiation: Yes Advertised link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full 1000baseT/Full Advertised pause frame use: No Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes Speed: 1000Mb/s Duplex: Full Port: Twisted Pair PHYAD: 1 Transceiver: internal Auto-negotiation: on MDI-X: Unknown Supports Wake-on: g Wake-on: g Link detected: yes
To find Ethernet device driver and firmware information:
$ ethtool -i eth0
driver: bnx2 version: 2.1.6 firmware-version: bc 5.2.3 NCSI 2.0.6 bus-info: 0000:03:00.0 supports-statistics: yes supports-test: yes supports-eeprom-access: yes supports-register-dump: yes
To find factory-default MAC address information:
$ ethtool -P eth0
Permanent address: 9c:8e:99:12:2d:8a
The second method is via
lshw, a command-line utility for showing detailed hardware specification of a Linux machine.
$ sudo apt-get install lshw
lshw on CentOS or RedHat, first set up Repoforge repository on your system, and then run:
$ sudo yum install lshw
lshw on Fedora, simply run:
$ sudo yum install lshw
To show detailed vendor information of your NIC, run the following.
$ sudo lshw -class network
*-network description: Ethernet interface product: NetXtreme II BCM5709 Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Broadcom Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: [email protected]:03:00.0 logical name: eth0 version: 20 serial: d4:85:64:77:f3:54 size: 1GB/s capacity: 1GB/s width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm vpd msi msix pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=bnx2 driverversion=1.7.5 duplex=full firmware=5.2.3 NCSI 2.0.6 ip=192.168.10.78 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1GB/s resources: irq:16 memory:f4000000-f5ffffff memory:e6100000-e610ffff(prefetchable)
If all you need to know is the product/vendor name of your Ethernet card, you can use
lspci command which displays information about PCI buses and connected PCI devices.
lspci on Ubuntu or Debian:
$ sudo apt-get install pciutils
lspci on CentOS, Fedora or RedHat:
$ sudo yum install pciutils
To find the name of Ethernet card(s) available on your system, run the following.
$ lspci | grep -i 'ethernet'
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM5709 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 20)
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