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Linux operating systems comes with various set of tools allowing you to manipulate the Wireless Extensions and monitor wireless networks. This is a list of tools used for wireless network monitoring tools that can be used from your laptop or desktop system to find out network speed, bit rate, signal quality/strength, and much more.
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ethtool or mii-tool utility checks or sets the status of a network interface’s Media Independent Interface (MII) unit. Most fast ethernet adapters use an MII to autonegotiate link speed and duplex setting.

Due to software or hardware (network switch or Ethernet card ) error it may be possible that you need to restarts auto-negotiation on the specified ethernet device.

Restart autonegotiation

You don’t have to reboot Linux box, all you have to do is type the following command :
# ethtool -r eth0
Or you can use mii-tool (outdated, use ethtool only)
# mii-tool -r eth0
# tail -f /var/log/messages

Jul 16 09:34:25 smtp1 kernel: e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog_task: NIC Link is Up 10 Mbps Full Duplex
Jul 16 09:34:25 smtp1 kernel: e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog_task: 10/100 speed: disabling TSO

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I have already written about how to find and change your network interface speed (NIC), duplex or auto negotiate settings on Linux using ehttool command line options.

However, these settings are not permanent. If you reboot the system or if you just
need to upgrade/downgrade your port speed, run the ehtool command once your port change by network administrator. (If you want to read about how to make Windows 2000/2003 server port speed change, read my previous article.)

Changing your Network Interface Speed, Duplex or Auto Negotiate settings on Red Hat Linux

To set the interface speed, duplex or auto negotiation on Linux system boot up (make settings permanent), you need edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 file for eth0 interface. This file used by Red Hat enterprise Linux, Fedora core, Cent Os etc.

Open the file:
# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

Append following line:
ETHTOOL_OPTS="speed 100 duplex full autoneg off"

Save and close the system. It will set the eth0 device to 100Mbs, full duplex, with the auto negotiation off at boot time. You can simply restart the networking (it will disconnect all ssh or ftp session) or restart the server. Depend upon traffic and load it may take upto 1 minute to setup a new port speed:
# /etc/init.d/network restart

If you want 1000Mbs set line as follows:
ETHTOOL_OPTS="speed 1000 duplex full autoneg off"Update: if above command failed to work for 1000Mbps use following command (see below in comment sections for discussion) :ETHTOOL_OPTS="speed 1000 duplex full autoneg on"

Debian or Ubuntu Linux permanent settings

Under Debian or Ubuntu Linux just create a script as follows:
# vi /etc/init.d/100Mbs
$ sudo vi /etc/init.d/100Mbs
Append following lines:
SPEED="100 duplex full"
case "$1" in
echo -n "Setting eth0 speed 100 duplex full...";
$ETHTOOL -s $DEV speed $SPEED;
echo " done.";;
exit 0
Save and close the file. Setup executable permission:
# chmod +x /etc/init.d/100MbsOR$ sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/100Mbs

Now run script when Debian or Ubuntu Linux boots up. Use update-rc.d command install System-V style init script links:# update-rc.d 100Mbs defaultsOR# sudo update-rc.d 100Mbs defaultsOutput:

 Adding system startup for /etc/init.d/100Mbs ...
   /etc/rc0.d/K20100Mbs -> ../init.d/100Mbs
   /etc/rc1.d/K20100Mbs -> ../init.d/100Mbs
   /etc/rc6.d/K20100Mbs -> ../init.d/100Mbs
   /etc/rc2.d/S20100Mbs -> ../init.d/100Mbs
   /etc/rc3.d/S20100Mbs -> ../init.d/100Mbs
   /etc/rc4.d/S20100Mbs -> ../init.d/100Mbs
   /etc/rc5.d/S20100Mbs -> ../init.d/100Mbs

Reboot the system to take effect or just type scrit name:
# /etc/init.d/100Mbs startOR$ sudo /etc/init.d/100Mbs start

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Q. I am using Ubuntu Linux and I would like to know how to create alias for eth0 so that I can have multiple IP address?

A. To create alias for eth0 use ifconfig command. It is use to configure a network interface and aliases.

Assuming that your eth0 IP is and you would like to create an alias eth0:0 with IP Type the following command:

sudo ifconfig eth0:0 up


sudo /sbin/ifconfig eth0:0 up

Verify that alias is up and running using following two command(s):

ping your-getway-ip

Permanent configuration

Your ethernet configuration is located in a file called /etc/network/interfaces. If you reboot system you will lost your alias. To make it permanent you need to add it network configuration file:

gksudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces


sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

Append the following configuration:

auto eth0:0
iface eth0:0 inet static
name Ethernet alias LAN card

Save the file and restart system or restart the network:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Please note that you can also use graphical tools located at System > Administration > Networking menu. Or use the following GUI tool to setup aliases, hostname, dns settings etc:

sudo network-admin

If you want more network aliases, use eth0:1, eth0:2, eth0:N (max upto 254).

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The iftop command listens to network traffic on a named network interface, or on the first interface it can find which looks like an external interface if none is specified, and displays a table of current bandwidth usage by pairs of hosts. iftop is a perfect tool for remote Linux server over ssh session.
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Static routes improves overall performance of your network (especially bandwidth saving). They are also useful in stub networks (i.e. there is only one link to the network). For example, each LAN (located at different offices) is connected to HQ IDC (Internet data center) using single T1/LL/Wan links.

For example under Red Hat/Fedora Linux you can add static router for eth0 network interface by editing /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth0 file. Under Debian Linux add static route by editing /etc/network/interface file.

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Reading an IP address in shell script required many time. However, different Linux distribution stores IP address in different files. If you are looking to run script under different UNIX like OSes such as Solaris or FreeBSD then you need to use the ifconfig command. The ifconfig command is not just used to configure a network interface, but it can be use to obtained information such as network IP, netmask and much more.
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