MirBSD manpage: nge(4)

NGE(4)                     BSD Programmer's Manual                      NGE(4)


     nge - National Semiconductor PCI gigabit ethernet adapter driver


     nge* at pci? dev ? function ?


     The nge driver provides support for various NICs based on the National
     Semiconductor DP83820 and DP83821 gigabit ethernet controller chips, in-
     cluding the following:

     •   Addtron AEG320T
     •   Ark PC SOHO-GA2500T (32-bit PCI) and SOHO-GA2000T (64-bit PCI)
     •   Asante FriendlyNet GigaNIX 1000TA and 1000TPC
     •   D-Link DGE-500T
     •   LinkSys EG1032 (32-bit PCI) and EG1064 (64-bit PCI)
     •   Netgear GA621
     •   Netgear GA622T
     •   SMC EZ Card 1000 (SMC9462TX)
     •   Surecom Technology EP-320G-TX
     •   Trendware TEG-PCITX (32-bit PCI) and TEG-PCITX2 (64-bit PCI)

     All of these NICs are capable of 10, 100 and 1000Mbps speeds over CAT5
     copper cable. The DP83820 supports TBI (ten bit interface) and GMII tran-
     sceivers, which means it can be used with either copper or 1000baseX
     fiber applications. The DP83820 supports ip(4), tcp(4), and udp(4) check-
     sum offload and VLAN tagging/insertion as well as a 2048-bit multicast
     hash filter and up to 4 pattern match buffers.

     Most cards also use the DP83861 10/100/1000 copper gigabit transceiver
     chip, which supports autonegotiation of 10, 100 and 1000Mbps modes in
     full or half duplex.

     The DP83820 also supports jumbo frames, which can be configured via the
     interface MTU setting. Selecting an MTU larger than 1500 bytes with the
     ifconfig(8) utility configures the adapter to receive and transmit jumbo
     frames. Using jumbo frames can greatly improve performance for certain
     tasks, such as file transfers and data streaming. If the MTU is set to be
     larger than the NIC's transmit buffer (typically 8152 bytes), hardware
     output checksumming is disabled as the NIC cannot handle this case.

     The nge driver supports the following media types:

     autoselect   Enable autoselection of the media type and options. The user
                  can manually override the autoselected mode by adding media
                  options to the appropriate hostname.if(5) file.

     10baseT      Set 10Mbps operation. The ifconfig(8) mediaopt option can
                  also be used to select either full-duplex or half-duplex

     100baseTX    Set 100Mbps (fast ethernet) operation. The ifconfig(8)
                  mediaopt option can also be used to select either full-
                  duplex or half-duplex modes.

     1000baseT    Set 1000baseT operation over twisted pair. full-duplex and
                  half-duplex modes are supported.

     1000baseSX   Set 1000Mbps (gigabit ethernet) operation. Both full-duplex
                  and half-duplex modes are supported.

     The nge driver supports the following media options:

     full-duplex  Force full duplex operation.

     half-duplex  Force half duplex operation.

     The nge driver also supports one special link option for 1000baseT cards:

     link0        With 1000baseT cards, establishing a link between two ports
                  requires that one port be configured as a master and the
                  other a slave. With autonegotiation, the master/slave set-
                  tings will be chosen automatically. However when manually
                  selecting the link state, it is necessary to force one side
                  of the link to be a master and the other a slave. The nge
                  driver configures the ports as slaves by default. Setting
                  the link0 flag with ifconfig(8) will set a port as a master

     For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).


     nge%d: couldn't map memory  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

     nge%d: couldn't map ports  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

     nge%d: couldn't map interrupt  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

     nge%d: no memory for softc struct!  The driver failed to allocate memory
     for per-device instance information during initialization.

     nge%d: failed to enable memory mapping!  The driver failed to initialize
     PCI shared memory mapping. This might happen if the card is not in a
     bus-master slot.

     nge%d: no memory for jumbo buffers!  The driver failed to allocate memory
     for jumbo frames during initialization.

     nge%d: watchdog timeout  The device has stopped responding to the net-
     work, or there is a problem with the network connection (cable).


     arp(4), ifmedia(4), intro(4), netintro(4), nsgphy(4), pci(4), vlan(4),
     hostname.if(5), ifconfig(8)

     National Semiconductor DP83820 datasheet, http://www.national.com.

     National Semiconductor DP83861 datasheet, http://www.national.com.


     The nge device driver first appeared in OpenBSD 3.0.


     The nge driver was written by Bill Paul <wpaul@bsdi.com>.

MirBSD #10-current               May 11, 2001                                1

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