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HP NC7771 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter - Overview

Product Description

HP NC7771 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter
The NC7771 is a single port copper Gigabit server adapter that runs over Category 5 (or better) twisted-pair cabling. This networking solution combines Gigabit Ethernet speed with PCI-X bus technology and also supports many advanced networking performance and management features .

The NC7771 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter is the highest performing network solution for ProLiant customers demanding the utmost in bandwidth and features combining Gigabit Ethernet speed with PCI-X bus technology. This high performance PCI-X copper Gigabit server adapter, supporting a 64-bit/133MHz data path, compatible with conventional PCI slots (32-bit and 33/66/100MHz). With a single-port copper RJ-45 network connection that runs over Category 5 (or better) twisted-pair cabling, this high speed NIC supports 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet speeds as well as a PCI-X 64-bit/133MHz data path and it is backwards compatible with existing PCI bus architectures. This allows for a cost-effective migration from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet, as well as from PCI to PCI-X

Additionally, the NC7771 ships with support for PCI Hot Plug, Network Fault Tolerance, Load Balancing, Jumbo Frames, PXE, Cold Boot Wake-on-LAN (WOL), and various offload capabilities that improve performance. These improvements in speed and throughput come at a cost-effective price for environments using Category 5 (or better) twisted-pair cabling. This range of features enables HP customers to protect their current hardware investment while also future-proofing their ProLiant servers for the inevitable increase in networking throughput.

The convergence of 1000Mbps speed and 64-bit/133MHz data path make the NC7771 HP's best-of-breed, single-port copper Gigabit networking solution. Its 64-bit/133MHz data path has a theoretical bandwidth maximum of 1066MBps (Megabytes per second), thereby making the NC7771 the server adapter suitable for the most demanding network environments. Along with the standard adapter advanced features that ProLiant customers have come to expect, the NC7771 includes support for cold boot Wake on LAN (WOL), teaming for failover and load balancing, jumbo frames, Dual Address Cycles (DAC), Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE), PCI hot plug, large send offload capability, and multiple VLAN tagging


Product Features

Part numbers
Option Part #: 290563-B21
Spare Part #: 268794-001 or
RoHS - 404820-001
Assembly #: 268496-002
Option Kit Contents
  • NC7771 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter

  • CD containing Drivers, User Guide, and Installation and Diagnostic Utilities

  • Quick Install Card

  • Product Quality Statement

  • Product Warranty Statement

Gigabit Ethernet Throughput
Up to 1000Mbps Ethernet transfer rate delivers outstanding network performance that improves response time and removes bottlenecks across the entire network.
PCI-X Data Path
HP was an early champion of PCI-X bus technology and has played a key role in the development and industry adoption of the PCI-X specification. The PCI-X , 64-bit/133MHz data path of the NC7771 yields faster transmission with lower CPU utilization than smaller bus architectures.
Load Balancing
Transmit Load Balancing (TLB) and Switch-Assisted Load Balancing (SLB) are two advanced features used to build a bigger pipe for improved networking bandwidth. These port bonding techniques enable users to install up to eight NC7771 adapters in a ProLiant server and aggregate their throughput up to a theoretical maximum of 16Gigabits per second full-duplex transmission.
Jumbo Frames
Jumbo Frames (also known as Extended Frames) offer a 9K byte maximum Transmission Unit, which is six times the size of traditional Ethernet frames. The NC7771 supports jumbo frames as a way to achieve higher throughput and better CPU utilization when deployed in a network infrastructure that supports them. Jumbo frames are particularly useful for database transfers and tape backups.
TCP Offloads and Interrupt Coalescing
The NC7771 features TCP Checksum Offloads as well as TCP Segmentation Offloads and Interrupt Coalescence. These features reduce the load on the CPU for overall improved system response. Interrupt Coalescence is a feature that groups multiple packets and issues a single interrupt to the host. This process optimizes host efficiency, leaving the CPU available for other duties.
Tri-Speed Support
Because the NC7771 supports both 10Mbps Ethernet and 100Mbps Fast Ethernet in addition to Gigabit Ethernet, users are guaranteed end-to-end protocol support across their enterprise. Like all HP server adapters, the NC7771 adheres to open industry standards, insuring that it will work seamlessly with any network devices that also support IEEE standards.
PCI-X Support for Traditional PCI slots
PCI-X technology insures hardware investment protection by retaining backward compatibility with the standard PCI bus architecture at the device and driver level. When the NC7771 is used in a 64/100, 64/66, 64/33, or 32/33 IO slot, the performance is limited to the maximum of those conventional bus architectures.
Network Fault Tolerance (NFT)
Network Fault Tolerance, sometimes called "failover" or "NIC redundancy," allows for the installation of multiple NC7771 server adapters or other network adapters so that the active device can be backed up by a redundant adapter to improve availability. HP's teaming utility also allows users to specify that when a failed adapter is fixed and replaced, the original adapter resumes its function as the primary network connection.
PCI Hot Plug
The NC7771 ships with PCI Hot Plug support, which enables it to be replaced or added to a PCI Hot Plug compatible server without powering down the system. This feature provides increased system availability and non-stop serviceability in business-critical computing environments.
The NC7771 automatically senses and configures itself to the speed of the device to which it is attached. It also automatically configures for half or full duplex, depending on the duplex mode of the switch, hub, or router at the other end of the cable.
Management Support
Like all HP server adapters, the NC7771 ships with drivers and agents that can be managed from all versions of HP Insight Manger 7, as well as using any management application that supports SNMP.
Server Integration
HP's SmartStart configuration utility includes setup support for the NC7771 so the adapter can be configured as part of the SmartStart configuration process. HP Insight Manager can recognize the NC7771 individually or in port-bonded teams, and can collect and report SNMP statistics on the adapter events. Additionally, Integrated Management Log (IML) support is provided by the NC7771 for critical event logging on HP servers.
Configuration Utilities
Each NC7771 ships with a suite of OS-tailored configuration utilities that allow the user to run initial diagnostics and configure adapter teams for Network Fault Tolerance, Transmit Load Balancing, or Switch-Assisted Load Balancing (802.3ad static-mode configuration only) in the Windows 2003 and 2000 and operating systems.
LED Indicators
Bracket LED indicators show link integrity, network activity, and network speed for easy troubleshooting.
Standard Features
  • Broadcom's latest 5703 10/100/1000 Gigabit controller

  • FCC Class B standard adherence for better power consumption

  • PCI v2.2 and PCI-X 1.0 addendum

  • Support for IEEE 802.3u 802.3ad, and 802.3ab, 802.1x, 802.1Q and 802.1p

  • 64-bit/133MHz, compatible with 32-bit and 33/66/100MHz

  • 96KB onboard memory

  • Auto-negotiate speed and duplex

  • PCI Hot Plug support

  • Event logging (IML & IMD)

  • Supported by Insight Manager 7 and SmartStart

  • LEDs showing link, activity and speed

  • Maximum of ¾ slot length for PCA

  • Support for both 3.3 and 5 volt slots

  • Cold boot Wake-on-LAN (WOL)

  • Flash interface for faster server boots

  • Improved interrupt coalescing and increased buffer depth

  • Lower power consumption than previous model NC7770

  • Cold-boot Wake-on-LAN

  • Dual Address Cycles (DAC)

  • Pre-Execution environment (PXE)

  • Multiple VLAN tagging

Operating system support
  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise, Standard, Web, Datacenter, Small Business Server editions

  • Microsoft® Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, Data Center, Terminal Server, Small Business Server editions

  • Novell NetWare 6.5, NetWare 6, NetWare 6 Small Business Server, Novell NetWare 5.1 edition

  • SCO UnixWare 7.1.3, Open Unix 8, 5.06a, 5.07

  • Solaris 7 and 8

  • Red Hat Linux 8.0, 7.3, and 2.1 Advanced Server

  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 (SLES-7)

  • United Linux 1.0

  • DOS (for remote installs)


Link to Warranty Information

The length of the warranty for the HP NC7771 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter, is as follows:
  • Maximum: The remaining warranty of the HP product in which it is installed (to a maximum three-year, limited warranty).
  • Minimum: One-year limited warranty.

Click here for additional information regarding worldwide limited warranty and technical support .


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