Sonnet Presto Gigabit Ethernet Server 2-Port PCI Card (Supports Jumbo Packets and Link Aggregation)


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About Sonnet

Whether you need to add more Gigabit Ethernet ports to your computer for improved performance and reliability or the ability to connect to more networks, get a Sonnet Presto Gigabit Server dual-port Gigabit Ethernet PCI-X adapter card for an advanced networking solution! This 64-bit, 133MHz, Intel Gigabit controller-based PCI-X card supports link aggregation on its own and with your computer's onboard Gigabit Ethernet ports and full duplex communication to achieve up to 2000 Mbps and faster transfer rates - the ideal solution for high-bandwidth data transfer requirements.

Presto Gigabit Ethernet Server also supports 9000 byte jumbo packet transfers (compared to 1500 byte standard packets) to support higher performance and reduced overhead when transferring large files. Should a cable get unplugged or a port fail, Presto Gigabit Server provides transparent failover protection, so your computer remains connected to the network. Presto Gigabit Server supports gigabit speeds over common CAT-5 cabling, so costly cable replacement is unnecessary.

If your computer already has onboard Gigabit Ethernet, you can add a Presto Gigabit Server and use it for dedicated connection to a printer, AirPort Extreme base station, DSL or cable modem, or a video server, while leaving your onboard Gigabit Ethernet port(s) available for other connections. Presto Gigabit Server is compatible in Xserve G5, Xserve (Slot Load), Xserve (2002), Power Mac G5 (with PCI-X or PCI slots) Power Mac G4, Power Macintosh G3 Server and Blue & White and Windows computers and servers with PCI-X or PCI slots.

Offering simple configuration, this Sonnet card is easy to use and its support for 1000/100/10BaseT auto-negotiation and full/half duplex communication enable it to be used in most networks.

Sonnet Features

  • Simple way to add Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to any compatible computer
  • Supports gigabit speeds on common CAT-5 cabling - no need for costly cable replacement
  • 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X card with Intel 82546 Gigabit controller
  • Supports link aggregation on its own and with onboard Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Supports transparent failover
  • Full/half duplex
  • 1000/100/10BaseT auto-negotiation

Sonnet Specifications

Network Connectors
Two RJ-45 connectors support 1000Mbps, 100Mbps, 10Mbps network speed and Auto-MDI/MDI-X
Bus Interface
PCI-X, 64-bit 133 MHz;
32-bit PCI bus 2.2 compliant, works in any PCI-X or PCI slot
IEEE 802.3 10BaseT;
IEEE 802.3u 100BaseT;
IEEE 802.3ad 1000BaseT
IRQ Line
Assigned by system
I/O Address
Assigned by system
Transmission Rates
1000Mbps, 100Mbps, 10Mbps
Supports Link Aggregation
Maximum packet size: 9000 bytes (Jumbo packets)
Mac Compatibility: Xserve G5
Xserve (Slot Load)
Xserve (2002)
Mac OS X Server Version 10.4.11+
Power Mac G5 with PCI-X or PCI slots
Power Mac G4
Mac OS X Version 10.5, 10.4.11
Windows Compatibility: Server (with PCI slot)
PC (with PCI slot)
Windows Server 2003
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Gigabit Ethernet (1000BaseT, 100BaseTX, 10BaseT)
Network Power
UTP x 2 (Auto-MDI/MDI-X)
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