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Kernel Networking

This site covers Linux networking specific topics. It does not cover general networking questions, these are covered under the more general Wikipedia Computer Networks. See the External Links section for other useful resources.



ethtool is a Linux net driver diagnostic and tuning tool for the Linux 2.4.x (or later) series of kernels. Obtain information and diagnostics related to media, link status, driver version, PCI (or other) bus location, and more.





Linux LLC Stack Origins

The stack present on the Linux kernel was originally contributed by Procom Inc, that released a combined NetBEUI + LLC stack developed for Linux 2.0.36.


I think the FAQ should be its own page linked to from the main page. Like this FAQ -Jon

Given the amount of info on this wiki I'm not sure that this is a good idea as it could easily get overwhelmed. However we can do it and refactor later if it gets too big. For example DCCP already has an FAQ. --Imcdnzl | DCCP 19:24, 10 May 2006 (PDT)


Load balancing

For example you have 2 links to ISP, one is 64Kbit and another is metered (you pay for traffic) much higher speed.

Latency of links must be very similar, otherwise in this example, packets from one session can come in different order to final destination!


The Linux bonding driver provides a method for aggregating
multiple network interfaces into a single logical
bonded interface.
The behavior of the bonded interfaces depends upon the mode; generally
speaking, modes provide either hot standby or load balancing services.
Additionally, link integrity monitoring may be performed.

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