TL(4) MidnightBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual TL(4)

NAME

tl — Texas Instruments ThunderLAN Ethernet device driver

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel configuration file:

device miibus
device tl

Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):

if_tl_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The tl driver provides support for PCI Ethernet adapters based on the Texas Instruments ThunderLAN Ethernet controller chip.

The ThunderLAN controller has a standard MII interface that supports up to 32 physical interface devices (PHYs). It also has a built-in 10baseT PHY hardwired at MII address 31, which may be used in some 10Mbps-only hardware configurations. In 100Mbps configurations, a National Semiconductor DP83840A or other MII-compliant PHY may be attached to the ThunderLAN’s MII bus. If a DP83840A or equivalent is available, the ThunderLAN chip can operate at either 100Mbps or 10Mbps in either half-duplex or full-duplex modes. The ThunderLAN’s built-in PHY and the DP83840A also support autonegotiation.

The tl driver supports the following media types:

autoselect

Enable autoselection of the media type and options. Note that this option is only available on those PHYs that support autonegotiation. Also, the PHY will not advertise those modes that have been explicitly disabled using the following media options.

10baseT/UTP

Set 10Mbps operation

100baseTX

Set 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet) operation

10base5/AUI

Enable AUI/BNC interface (useful only with the built-in PHY).

The tl driver supports the following media options:

full-duplex

Force full duplex operation

half-duplex

Force half duplex operation.

hw-loopback

Enable hardware loopback mode.

Note that the 100baseTX media type is only available if supported by the PHY. For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

HARDWARE

The tl driver supports Texas Instruments ThunderLAN based Ethernet and Fast Ethernet adapters including a large number of Compaq PCI Ethernet adapters. Also supported are:

Olicom OC-2135/2138 10/100 TX UTP adapter

Olicom OC-2325/OC-2326 10/100 TX UTP adapter

Racore 8148 10baseT/100baseTX/100baseFX adapter

Racore 8165 10/100baseTX adapter

The tl driver also supports the built-in Ethernet adapters of various Compaq Prosignia servers and Compaq Deskpro desktop machines including:

Compaq Netelligent 10

Compaq Netelligent 10 T PCI UTP/Coax

Compaq Netelligent 10/100

Compaq Netelligent 10/100 Dual-Port

Compaq Netelligent 10/100 Proliant

Compaq Netelligent 10/100 TX Embedded UTP

Compaq Netelligent 10/100 TX UTP

Compaq NetFlex 3P

Compaq NetFlex 3P Integrated

Compaq NetFlex 3P w/BNC

DIAGNOSTICS

tl%d: couldn’t map memory  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

tl%d: couldn’t map interrupt  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

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

tl%d: no memory for rx list  The driver failed to allocate an mbuf for the receiver ring.

tl%d: no memory for tx list  The driver failed to allocate an mbuf for the transmitter ring when allocating a pad buffer or collapsing an mbuf chain into a cluster.

SEE ALSO

arp(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY

The tl device driver first appeared in FreeBSD 2.2.

AUTHORS

The tl driver was written by Bill Paul 〈wpaul@ctr.columbia.edu〉.

MidnightBSD 0.3 July 16, 2005 MidnightBSD 0.3