LR-Link, a maker of networking solutions from China, has announced its first 10 GbE NIC, the wordy-named LREC6860BT. The new NIC is the first such retail product we've seen based on a design from Tehuti Networks, an Israel-based developer, bringing some more welcome competition to the 10GigE NIC market. LR-Link will be aiming at the (relative) mass-market for standalone NICs with this card, with the card now selling in Japan as well as online for less than $100.

Under the hood, the LR-Link LREC6860BT NIC is based on Tehuti Networks’ TN4010 MAC, which is further paired with Marvell’s Alaska X 88X3310P 10 GbE transceiver. The card features a PCIe Gen 2 x4 interface as well as an RJ45 connector that supports 100M, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, and 10G speeds using Cat5e/Cat6/Cat6A cabling. The card fully supports contemporary operating systems from Apple, Microsoft, and VMware as well as various Linux distributives. Therefore, the NIC is drop-in compatible with most computers that are in use today.

LR-Link's 10 GbE NIC
  LREC6860BT
Silicon MAC Tehuti Networks TN4010 
Transceiver Marvell Alaska X 88X3310P
100BASE-T Yes
1000BASE-T Yes
2.5GBASE-T Yes
5GBASE-T Yes
10GBASE-T Yes (over Cat6A cables)
Ports 1
OS Compatibility Apple MacOS 10.10.3 or later
Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 or later

Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2 / 2016 R2 or later
VMware Vmware ESX / ESXi 5.x / 6.x or later
Linux Linux Stable Kernel version 2.6.x/3.x or later
Price $83 - $91
Release Date Q3 2018
Additional Information Link

The LREC6860BT is currently available from at least one retailer in Japan for ¥10,164 ($91) with VAT, which is not very high considering the fact that PC components tend to cost more in Japan than in the rest of the world. Unfortunately products from LR-Link aren't readily available from retailers outside China and Japan, but the company’s devices (including the 10 GbE NIC) can still be purchased from official stores on AliExpress, Ebay, and JD.com.

10 GbE networks are not yet widespread in SOHO environments, primarily because there are not many reasonably-priced 10 GbE switches. Meanwhile, a number of companies have released their relatively affordable 10 GbE NICs based on chips from Aquantia over the past few quarters, anticipating demand for such cards from enthusiasts. Aquantia is not the only provider of solutions for inexpensive 10 GbE cards. Tehuti Networks is considerably less known because it is focused on working with enterprise OEMs rather than with AIBs and retail. Nonetheless, having a second player in the space for cheap 10GigE/NBASE-T silicon is an important part of driving down the cost of the technology  –and boosting adoption – even further.

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  • ionuts - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    Akitio, Sonnet, etc. Reply
  • npz - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    But it's the same except the 10Gb controller is at the end of the TB3. TB3 uses pcie protocol so it still requires a controller/host adapter at its endpoint. They're just different options. Are those TB3 adapters actively cooled? If not, you might get better cooling from the card in a well ventilated case as 10GbE gets very warm (and hot for dual port/phy like intel's). Reply
  • CaedenV - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I would love to have a SoHo focused switch with some basic capabilities.
    1 vlan for cameras
    1 vlan for WiFi
    1 vlan for normal traffic
    2 10gig ports (1 for server, 1 for my main computer)
    8 1gig ports with PoE for cameras, APs, and normal wired computers

    And all that for $250 or less
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  • ajp_anton - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    Been waiting for these, but my pfSense box isn't upgradable, so I'd have to replace the whole thing. My ISP offers 10Gbit internet, but I have no hardware to take advantage of it yet. Reply
  • LordConrad - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I'm using a Netgear GS110EMX with two Aquantia cards and the speed is excellent. I only need 10G Ethernet between two machines, the rest are single or teamed Gigabit connections. I went with the Netgear after hearing about problems with Asus consumer 10Gb switch, and I'm glad i did. Reply
  • abufrejoval - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    I've had my first Asus switch 'die' on me (the port would no longer work at 10Gbit, auto-negotiation failed, but *would* function when I configured the NIC for 1Gbit) and I attributed that to the fact that I was using an older 10GBase-T NIC from Intel that uses a full 10 Watts on the PHY, where the Aquantias will typically try 'greener' 3 Watts from what I read.

    Had it swapped without problems by the e-tailer and have not tried the Intel NICs since, because they do generate quite a bit of heat and are actually designed for server airflow. Same with BroadComs I had, two of those actually died in my tower chassis, because the air-flow wasn't good enough for the 20Watts a dual port NIC could burn on PHY alone.

    The Asus switch does get pretty warm even with the low power Aquantia NICs connected (and all 1Gbit ports in full action), but zero noise is rather more compelling than the risk of having to buy another in two years.
    Reply
  • SultanFaris - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    Good Information and is very useful. Reply
  • mode_13h - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    Please inquire how much power this actually burns @ 10 Gbps.

    Although, the bigger issue will be switches, as others already mentioned.
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