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Check errors in NIC from command line

Errors are a common symptom of slow connectivity due to poor configuration or excessive bandwidth utilization. They should always be corrected whenever possible. Error rates in excess of 0.5% can result in noticeable sluggishness.

Ifconfig Error Output

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:06:25:09:6A:D7
RX packets:2924 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2287 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:180948 (176.7 Kb) TX bytes:166377 (162.4 Kb)
Interrupt:10 Memory:c88b5000-c88b6000

ethtool Error Output
The ethtool command can provide a much more detailed report when used with the -S switch.

[root@poison root]# ethtool -S eth0
NIC statistics:
rx_packets: 1669993
tx_packets: 627631
rx_bytes: 361714034
tx_bytes: 88228145
rx_errors: 0
tx_errors: 0
rx_dropped: 0
tx_dropped: 0
multicast: 0
collisions: 0
rx_length_errors: 0
rx_over_errors: 0
rx_crc_errors: 0
rx_frame_errors: 0
rx_fifo_errors: 0
rx_missed_errors: 0
tx_aborted_errors: 0
tx_carrier_errors: 0
tx_fifo_errors: 0
tx_heartbeat_errors: 0
tx_window_errors: 0
tx_deferred: 0
tx_single_collisions: 0
tx_multi_collisions: 0
tx_flow_control_pause: 0
rx_flow_control_pause: 0
rx_flow_control_unsupported: 0
tx_tco_packets: 0
rx_tco_packets: 0

Take a close look at errors sections in the above output


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