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Intel i226-V Ethernet have a defect that affects their connection

Today we know that Ethernet connectors Intel i226-Vintegrated into motherboards for CPUs Raptor Lake, they have an Internet connection problem. As indicated from TechPowerUp, Intel has had a problem with the designwhat is doing that the ethernet connection drops at random times during a few seconds.

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The Intel i226-V is the second version of its 2.5 Gbps Ethernet network chip, which took over from the Intel i225-V. This is found on PC motherboards equipped with the company’s chipset. Curiously, this new version came to solve the problems that the first cheap chip was presenting to provide equipment with 2.5 Gbps Ethernet connectivity.

The Intel i226-V repeats the Internet connection problems of the previous model

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 HERO motherboard with Intel i226-V Ethernet port
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 HERO motherboard with Intel i226-V Ethernet port

Most motherboards with the Intel 700 series chipset, which debuted alongside Intel Raptor Lake CPUs, use the new Ethernet port managed by the Intel i226-V controller. Users who make use of this connectivity are experiencing random drops in your internet connection. Unlike its predecessor, there is no possible solution here.

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In essence, the previous generation Intel i225-V controller, they ran unstable when set to 2.5 Gbps. An efficient solution was to limit it to 1 Gbps, something that did not affect the Internet connection of most gamers. This was due to the limitations of the contracted Internet speed.

In this case, there is no solution to avoid the connection problems. Unless there is a second Ethernet interface. In essence, a board with dual Ethernet ports. This second will always be from manufacturers such as Realtek, Marvell or Aquantia. If the motherboard does not have it, you have to resort to wireless connectivity, if available. Or of course, buy an Ethernet network card taking advantage of the PCI interface. It is not a solution as such, but it will allow you to use the PC as normal when you are connected to the Internet.

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It will be time to wait for Intel’s statements

ASUS ProArt Z790-CREATOR WIFI motherboard with Intel i226-V + Aquantia 10 Gbps Ethernet port
ASUS ProArt Z790-CREATOR WIFI motherboard with Intel i226-V + Aquantia 10 Gbps Ethernet port

It is indicated that dsince the middle of novemberMany users have been reporting random internet connection drops by numerous support communities. Among which are Intel, Microsoft, the motherboard manufacturers themselves, or even the well-known Reddit forum.

Although in most cases you will not notice this drop in the Internet connection, there are very opposite cases. These pass from play online, a video call or use a remote desktop. In these cases, a connection drop will be annoying. This is a problem when most motherboards use this Internet connection. Hence the connection complaints from users with Intel i226-V Ethernet ports.

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As stated, after forcing the driver update attempt, or using the latest BIOS available for the motherboard, the problem was not solved. Even repeating the same trick from last year, which was limiting the connection to 1 Gbps, did not solve the problem. Thus, the only definitive solution is to use the second ethernet port of the motherboard or WiFi connectivity. If this is not possible, it would already be necessary to purchase a new Ethernet controller. It will be time to wait to find out if Intel is pronounced and finally the problem can be patched somehow.

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