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Can i connect 10 Gbps  Network card to 1 Gbps Ethernet Switch using cat 6a cable ???
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by:Predrag
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Most likely you can. That depends connector type and supported speeds of network card.
In the case of Windows you can check speed:
Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections -> Network Card Properties
 SupportedSpeeds
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by:John Hurst
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Yes, that will work. Nothing special to do so far as I know.  It will just use the slower speed.
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by:-MAS
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As suggested by John no special settings required. it will work the least speed supported. i.e. 1Gbps
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by:Craig Beck
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It really depends if the NIC supports slower speeds.  If it does there's no issue, but if it only supports 10Gbps it won't work.

What 10G NIC do you have?
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by:John Hurst
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Most NIC's like this support the next lower speed (the ones we use at any rate) so it should work fine.
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by:Craig Beck
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While I agree that most NICs will support the lower speed, John, don't take it for granted that all will.  If it's 802.3an-compliant it will work at lower speeds, but if it's a specific type of card it might not.
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by:John Hurst
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I think that probably 90% or more of high quality NIC's will work. A smidgen (10%) might not and cheap NIC's might not but then we purchase top quality.

@harisaboobaker - you have not responded to any post here.
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Not exactly, John.  Some high-end server NICs will only work at 10Gbps.  I wouldn't call them cheap nor would I call them poor quality.

For example, some NICs have a SFP+ slot that can accommodate a copper or fibre SFP+.  The copper SFP+ modules will only work at one speed, as will CX4, Twinax, etc.

We really need to know what NIC we're talking about before we give a definitive answer.
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by:-MAS
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Agree with Craig.
Rare case I found NIC doesn't support, Shows as disconnected and we have to manually change the speed to get it working.
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Thanks...All
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