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Troubleshooting Ethernet Adapters on Ubuntu

Troubleshooting Ethernet on Ubuntu

Here are some commands to help troubleshoot network card issues on Ubuntu:

Find Connection State

Determine Speed and Duplex

dmesg |grep eth0

lshw -c network

Most useful


sudo lshw -c network

Displays details of all network adapters in your system including the identity used for configuring the adapter (e.g. eth0, enp2s0, etc.)

       description: Ethernet interface
       product: 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
       logical name: enp2s0
       version: 06
       serial: 00:0A:0A:0A:0A:0A
       size: 1Gbit/s
       capacity: 1Gbit/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=3.2.6-k duplex=full firmware=5.11-10 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1Gbit/s
       resources: irq:01 memory:00000000-ffffffff memory:00000000-ffffffff ioport:dc00(size=32) memory:00000000-ffffffff

ip addr

Less useful


sudo ip addr

This command will display output from your network adapters.

2: enp2s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:0A:0A:0A:0A:0A brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global enp5s2
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::000:0000:0000:0000/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

ip addr flush dev


sudo ip addr flush dev eth0

For those times when a network adapter's configuration may be cached and you need to clear it in order to use ifup

lspci | egrep -i --color 'network|ethernet'


lspci | egrep -i --color 'network|ethernet'

Displays details about the network adapters in your system

04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper) (rev 06)
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