Ethernet RTL 8168 driver on Debian

Ethernet RTL 8168 driver on Debian

By default on Debian is used 8169 driver instead of 8168 (Realtek ethernet driver). Also, 8168 driver does not exist.

~# find /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/ethernet/ -name *816*
/lib/modules/3.16.0-4-amd64/kernel/drivers/net/ethernet/realtek/r8169.ko

The network device

~# lspci |grep Ether
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 09)

The loaded driver

~# lsmod |grep 816
r8169                  68262  0 

Driver installation

~# apt-get update
~# apt-get install dkms
~# wget https://www.unixteacher.org/download/r8168-dkms_8.040.00-1_all.deb
~# dpkg -i r8168-dkms_8.040.00-1_all.deb 
Selecting previously unselected package r8168-dkms.
(Reading database ... 45372 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack r8168-dkms_8.040.00-1_all.deb ...
Unpacking r8168-dkms (8.040.00-1) ...
Setting up r8168-dkms (8.040.00-1) ...
Loading new r8168-8.040.00 DKMS files...
First Installation: checking all kernels...
...........
~# init 6

After reboot everything looks ok

~# lsmod |grep 816
r8168                 490633  0 
~# dmesg |grep 8168
[    0.245756] pci 0000:03:00.0: [10ec:8168] type 00 class 0x020000
[    0.538032] r8168 Gigabit Ethernet driver 8.040.00-NAPI loaded
[    0.538150] r8168 0000:03:00.0: irq 41 for MSI/MSI-X
[    0.559287] r8168: This product is covered by one or more of the following patents: US6,570,884, US6,115,776, and US6,327,625.
[    0.559290] r8168  Copyright (C) 2015  Realtek NIC software team  
[    4.557205] r8168: eth0: link up

// Update: For Debian Stretch, you can install r8168-dkms from non-free. Is not necessary to download the package.

apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` r8168-dkms

My ‘/etc/apt/sources.list’:

deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian stretch main non-free contrib
deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian stretch main non-free contrib

deb http://security.debian.org stretch/updates main non-free contrib
deb-src http://security.debian.org stretch/updates main non-free contrib

# stretch-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian stretch-updates main non-free contrib
deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian stretch-updates main non-free contrib

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