Dell TOE Key

I had the opportunity/task today of replacing a Dell PowerEdge 1950 system board. A voltage regulator was dying and taking the machine with it. I hadn’t actually seen one of their integrated TCP Offload Engine keys before, and they’re interesting, if not a bit small. Go RJ11!

Dell TOE Key out of a PowerEdge 1950

Dell TOE Key in a PowerEdge 1950

Personally, I like bigger parts, so when they fall on the floor I can find them again. Not that I ever drop anything. Nope. Never.

5 thoughts on “Dell TOE Key”

  1. Hi,

    I need to find out where is the Voltage Regulator is located on the PowerEdge 1950.

    Pls show me how it look like, Thanks!

    Choong Leng

  2. It would be best if you consulted the Dell online documentation for the 1950, or contacted your nearest Dell Warranty Parts-Certified tech to consult their documentation. That way you don’t void your warranty.

  3. Hey what exactly does a TOE key do?

    I’m still new to the world of being a sys admin (im help desk support, but I get to work on servers sometimes) and couldn’t get google to tell me the answer!

    Thanks a bunch, If you want just email me back 🙂


  4. Hi Ben

    A TCP Offload Engine (TOE) key is a kinda cpu for TCP/IP communication. Normally TCP/IP requests are dealt with by the CPU. In servers this processing can be quite costly so adding a TOE key takes away this burden. It’s an extra cost and requires a licence but could prove a worthwhile addition.


  5. Heyez,

    I just bought a Dell 2950 server to use for Vsphere practice and when I examined it,
    I found a TOE Key on the motherboard and was wondering what the %$%$% is this ? Now I know !

    I wonder why they chose an RJ11 jack as opposed to just about any other connector ?


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