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Can you tell me which network adapters are compatible with the Basler pylon performance driver?

Basler provides two GigE Vision network drivers for interfacing Basler GigE Vision cameras:

  • The Basler filter driver is a basic GigE Vision network driver that is compatible with all network adapters. The advantage of the filter driver is its extensive compatibility.
  • The Basler performance driver is a hardware specific, GigE Vision network driver. The performance driver is only compatible with network adapters that use specific Intel Pro 1000 chipsets ("compatible chipsets"). The advantage of the performance driver is that it significantly lowers the CPU load needed to service the network traffic between the PC and the camera(s). It also has a more robust packet resend mechanism.

To take advantage of the benefits of the Basler performance driver, we recommend using Intel Pro 1000 network adapters. These adapters generally work well with the performance driver. However, since the Intel Pro 1000 series has changed over the time, it may happen that the Basler performance driver does not support your particular Intel Pro 1000 adapter.

To make sure that the Pro 1000 network adapter you are using is compatible, consult the table below that lists the currently supported Intel Pro 1000 chipsets and their corresponding Hardware IDs.

In the following table:

Yes = is compatible

Yes/M = is compatible but requires manual installation

No = is not compatible

Intel Pro 1000 Chipset Hardware ID pylon 2.1 - 3.2.2 pylon 3.2.3 - 4.0 pylon 4.1 - 6.0.1
82540EM PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_100E Yes Yes Yes
82540EP_EL PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_101E Yes Yes Yes
82541GI/PI PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1076 Yes Yes Yes
82541GI_LF PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_107C Yes Yes Yes
82545EM PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_100F Yes Yes Yes
82545GM PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1026 Yes Yes Yes
82563EB/80003ES2 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1096 Yes Yes Yes
82567/ICH9_IGP_AMT * PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_10BE Yes/M Yes/M Yes/M
82567/ICH9_IGP_AMT * PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_10F5 Yes/M Yes/M Yes/M
82567 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1501 No Yes Yes
82571EB/GB PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_105E Yes Yes YesYes
4-port (2x82571EB/GB) PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_10A4 Yes Yes Yes
4-port LP (2x82571EB/GB) PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_10BC Yes Yes Yes
82572EI/GI PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_10B9 Yes Yes Yes
82572EI/GI-Copper PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_107D Yes Yes Yes
82573E PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_108B Yes Yes Yes
82573E-IAMT PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_108C Yes Yes Yes
82573L PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_109A Yes Yes Yes
82574L ** PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_10D3 Yes Yes Yes
82580 (I340) PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_150E No Yes Yes
I350 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1521 No Yes Yes
I210 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1533 No No Yes

 * pylon operation with this chipset is unreliable.

 ** The Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter uses this chipset, but this adapter does not work well with the performance driver. Note that the restriction is only valid for this adapter. We recommend that you use Intel Pro 1000 series.

To check the Hardware IDs for your network adapter:

1. Click Start > Run.

2. Type in: devmgmt.msc

3. Click the OK button. The device manager will start.

4. Expand the node for Network Adapters.

How to check the Hardware IDs for your network adapter - Screenshot 1

5. Right click on the name of your Intel Pro 1000 adapter and select Properties from the drop down menu.

6. Click the Details tab and make sure that Hardware IDs is selected in the drop down list.

How to check the Hardware IDs for your network adapter - Screenshot 2

Check the hardware IDs in the list on the Detail Tab against the table that appears earlier in this FAQ. If hardware IDs for your adapter do not match an ID in the table, you must use the Basler filter driver with your network adapter.

Nov 2016

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