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Network card device name eIa, eWa, or eGa?

 
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Kortlandt
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Network card device name eIa, eWa, or eGa?

Hi,

What determines a network card's device name 2nd letter? eg what makes it a eI, eW, or eG device?

Is it machine dependend? eg if I have an EIA card in one machine, could it end up as EWA in another machine?

Does it relate to max speed?

Thnx,
Bob Kortlandt
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Steven Schweda
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Re: Network card device name eIa, eWa, or eGa?

> What determines [...]

SYS$SYSTEM:SYS$CONFIG.DAT

The device name is normally related to the
name of the device driver.

> Is it machine dependend? [...]

Not normally, no.

> Does it relate to max speed?

Not really. Note, for example, that an "EW"
could be a 10MHz-only Tulip chip/card, a
10/100MHz chip/card, or a Gigabit chip/card.
Richard Brodie_1
Honored Contributor

Re: Network card device name eIa, eWa, or eGa?

"What determines a network card's device name 2nd letter"

As with most devices, the second letter is a type (often using a single driver or driver family).

e.g. DK for SCSI disks, DQ for IDE disks.

I in this case means an Intel chipset.
Kortlandt
Advisor

Re: Network card device name eIa, eWa, or eGa?

Hi Steven,

The SYS$CONFIG.DAT gives me the answers I need, Thnx for the tip.

I will close the thread.

@all: Thnx for helping out.