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4 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet NIC Network Adapter Card

Add four Gigabit network interfaces to a Desktop PC or Server with an available PCI Express x4 slot

Product ID: ST1000SPEX4

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  • Four independent 10/100/1000 RJ45 Ethernet ports
  • Jumbo Frame support
  • Fully Compliant with IEEE 802.3 IEEE 802.3u and IEEE 802.3ab

This quad port PCIe 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Card provides four Gigabit Ethernet ports and is fully compatible with IEEE 802.3/u/ab standards.

Suitable for any PCI Express x4 enabled client, server or workstation, the Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Card supports high performance four channel networking and maximum data transfer speeds up to 1000Mbps in each direction (2000 Mbps total) - up to ten times faster than 10/100 Ethernet.

Compatible with a broad range of operating systems, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, Server 2008 R2, WinCE (4.2/ 5.0) and Linux (Redhat Enterprise, SCO, FreeBSD, etc…), this high quality PCIe Gigabit NIC is suitable for many SMB and Enterprise applications and is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year hardware warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Specially designed for any slot-constrained desktop PC clients, servers, and workstations with a PCI Express slot.
  • Idea for VM environments with multiple Operating requiring shared or dedicated NICs
  • Provide redundant connectivity to ensure an uninterrupted network connection

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Provides four independent Gigabit Ethernet ports while occupying one expansion slot
  • IEEE 802.1Q support enables each individual port to operate on a different virtual LAN (VLAN)
  • Power Down and Link Down Power Saving conserves power while ports are not in use

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030839457

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows 7 logo
Windows® 8 / 8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64), Vista(32/64), XP(32/64), CE 5.0/4.2, 2000, ME, 98SE
Windows Server® 2012, 2008 R2, 2003(32/64)
Mac OS® 10.4 and up (Intel-based - Tested up to 10.9)
Linux Kernel 2.4.x and up
SCO OpenServer 5.0.7/ 6

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x4
External Ports 4 - RJ-45
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 85°C (-4°F to 185°F)
Humidity 5~95% RH
Hardware Ports 4
Interface RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile
Industry Standards Compliant with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Chipset ID Realtek - RTL8111C
Indicators LED Indicators 4 - Green - Link LED
4 - Yellow - Activity LED
Packaging Information Package Length 9.1 in [23 cm]
Package Width 1.7 in [4.4 cm]
Package Height 6.4 in [163 mm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.5 lb [0.2 kg]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 1000Mbps
Buffer Size 48 KB
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Auto MDIX Yes
Full Duplex Support Yes
MTBF 117,500 Hours
Physical Characteristics Product Length 5.5 in [14 cm]
Product Width 4.0 in [102 mm]
Product Height 0.7 in [1.8 cm]
Weight of Product 8.8 oz [250 g]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 8 / 8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64), Vista(32/64), XP(32/64), CE 5.0/4.2, 2000, ME, 98SE
Windows Server® 2012, 2008 R2, 2003(32/64)
Mac OS® 10.4 and up (Intel-based - Tested up to 10.9)
Linux Kernel 2.4.x and up
SCO OpenServer 5.0.7/ 6
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - 4 Port PCI Express Network Card
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Double-click Setup.exe.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  5. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Troubleshooting

You should not upgrade your device's firmware if you do not have any issues with the functionality of your device. The only time you should consider an upgrade is if you are experiencing a problem with the device, and you have confirmed that the firmware addresses this problem.  You can confirm this is the case by reviewing the documentation included with the firmware or by consulting with our Technical Support team. Incorrectly upgrading firmware can result in diminished performance so it is best to contact StarTech.com if you would like to perform this operation.

Sometimes an on-board network interface card (NIC) conflicts with a new NIC.  In these cases it is best to disable the on-board NIC.

The best way to disable your on-board NIC is to go into your BIOS and disable it there if possible.  To do this, consult your motherboard manual.

You can also disable any NIC in Windows.  Here is how you do this:

First click Start, or, in Windows 10 and 8, hold down the Windows key and press X.  Then click Control Panel.

Windows 10

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 8

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 7

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Manage network connections.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows XP

  1. Click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

If you are experiencing speed or connectivity issues, it is best to set a specific speed at half or full duplex in your settings.  You can set your network adapter to perform at a certain speed, but the device that the adapter is connected to (whether it is a router, switch, or computer) must also be able to perform at the same speed.

Note: You must log in as the local administrator before you continue.

To open Device Manager:

  • Press Windows key + R.
  • Type devmgmt.msc.
  • Click OK.
  1. Open the Networking adapters section.
  2. Right-click the network adapter that you want to change and select Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Scroll down to Speed & Duplex. By default, it is set to Auto-Negotiate. Select any of the speeds that you see in the list.
  5. Click OK and restart your computer.

When you troubleshoot issues with a network adapter, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Ethernet cables
  • Network devices
  • Computer system

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the Ethernet cables, network devices, and computer system in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use different Ethernet cables, network devices, and a different computer system in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.
  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the Ethernet cables, network devices, and computer system, it is recommended that you do the following:

How To

The drivers on our website include a Realtek Diagnostic Toolkit that you can use to easily set up a VLAN tag.

Make sure that you are logged in as the local administrator before continuing.

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Downloads). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the Realtek_PCI_GbE.zip file or the Realtek_PCIe_GbE.zip file.
  2. Select Extract All and note the location that the files will be extracted to.
  3. Select Extract. The extracted files will open automatically.
  4. In the list of extracted files, do one of the following:
  • If you are running Windows Vista/7/8, right-click the Setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.
  • If you are running Windows XP, double-click the Setup.exe file.
  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
  2. Open the software and under the VLAN settings, you can add, delete, or modify the VID (VLAN ID).

StarTech.com does not support a Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) as this requires third-party software. However, our devices can be used as long as the following conditions are met:

  1. The BIOS must support PXE.
  2. The BIOS must see the card.
  3. The environment must have drivers for the chipset used in the card.
  4. If using a USB networking card, the environment must have support for USB devices as well.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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