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RL(4)		       FreeBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual			 RL(4)

NAME
     rl	-- RealTek 8129/8139 Fast Ethernet device driver

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

	   device miibus
	   device rl

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

	   if_rl_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION
     The rl driver provides support for	PCI Ethernet adapters and embedded
     controllers based on the RealTek 8129 and 8139 Fast Ethernet controller
     chips.

     The RealTek 8129/8139 series controllers use bus master DMA but do	not
     use a descriptor-based data transfer mechanism.  The receiver uses	a sin-
     gle fixed size ring buffer	from which packets must	be copied into mbufs.
     For transmission, there are only four outbound packet address registers
     which require all outgoing	packets	to be stored as	contiguous buffers.
     Furthermore, outbound packet buffers must be longword aligned or else
     transmission will fail.

     The 8129 differs from the 8139 in that the	8139 has an internal PHY which
     is	controlled through special direct access registers whereas the 8129
     uses an external PHY via an MII bus.  The 8139 supports both 10 and
     100Mbps speeds in either full or half duplex.  The	8129 can support the
     same speeds and modes given an appropriate	PHY chip.

     Note: support for the 8139C+ chip is provided by the re(4)	driver.

     The rl driver supports the	following media	types:

     autoselect		   Enable autoselection	of the media type and options.
			   This	is only	supported if the PHY chip attached to
			   the RealTek controller supports NWAY	autonegotia-
			   tion.  The user can manually	override the autose-
			   lected mode by adding media options to the
			   /etc/rc.conf	file.

     10baseT/UTP	   Set 10Mbps operation.  The mediaopt option can also
			   be used to select either full-duplex	or half-duplex
			   modes.

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

     The rl driver supports the	following media	options:

     full-duplex	   Force full duplex operation

     half-duplex	   Force half duplex operation.

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

HARDWARE
     Adapters supported	by the rl driver include:

     +o	 Accton	``Cheetah'' EN1207D (MPX 5030/5038; RealTek 8139 clone)
     +o	 Allied	Telesyn	AT2550
     +o	 Allied	Telesyn	AT2500TX
     +o	 Belkin	F5D5000
     +o	 BUFFALO (Melco	INC.) LPC-CB-CLX (CardBus)
     +o	 Compaq	HNE-300
     +o	 CompUSA no-name 10/100	PCI Ethernet NIC
     +o	 Corega	FEther CB-TXD
     +o	 Corega	FEtherII CB-TXD
     +o	 D-Link	DFE-528TX
     +o	 D-Link	DFE-530TX+
     +o	 D-Link	DFE-538TX
     +o	 D-Link	DFE-690TXD
     +o	 Edimax	EP-4103DL CardBus
     +o	 Encore	ENL832-TX 10/100 M PCI
     +o	 Farallon NetLINE 10/100 PCI
     +o	 Genius	GF100TXR
     +o	 GigaFast Ethernet EE100-AXP
     +o	 KTX-9130TX 10/100 Fast	Ethernet
     +o	 LevelOne FPC-0106TX
     +o	 Longshine LCS-8038TX-R
     +o	 NDC Communications NE100TX-E
     +o	 Netronix Inc. EA-1210 NetEther	10/100
     +o	 Nortel	Networks 10/100BaseTX
     +o	 OvisLink LEF-8129TX
     +o	 OvisLink LEF-8139TX
     +o	 Peppercon AG ROL-F
     +o	 Planex	FNW-3603-TX
     +o	 Planex	FNW-3800-TX
     +o	 SMC EZ	Card 10/100 PCI	1211-TX
     +o	 SOHO (PRAGMATIC) UE-1211C

LOADER TUNABLES
     dev.rl.%unit.prefer_iomap
	     This tunable controls which register mapping should be used on
	     the specified device.  A non-zero value enables I/O space regis-
	     ter mapping.  For controllers that	have no	I/O space register
	     mapping this tunable should be set	to 0 to	use memory space reg-
	     ister mapping.  The default value is 1 to use I/O space register
	     mapping.

     dev.rl.%unit.twister_enable
	     Non-zero value enables the	long cable tuning on the specified
	     device.  Disabled by default.

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

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

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

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

     rl%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.

     rl%d: chip	is in D3 power state --	setting	to D0  This message applies
     only to adapters which support power management.  Some operating systems
     place the controller in low power mode when shutting down,	and some PCI
     BIOSes fail to bring the chip out of this state before configuring	it.
     The controller loses all of its PCI configuration in the D3 state,	so if
     the BIOS does not set it back to full power mode in time, it will not be
     able to configure it correctly.  The driver tries to detect this condi-
     tion and bring the	adapter	back to	the D0 (full power) state, but this
     may not be	enough to return the driver to a fully operational condition.
     If	you see	this message at	boot time and the driver fails to attach the
     device as a network interface, you	will have to perform second warm boot
     to	have the device	properly configured.

     Note that this condition only occurs when warm booting from another oper-
     ating system.  If you power down your system prior	to booting FreeBSD,
     the card should be	configured correctly.

SEE ALSO
     altq(4), arp(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), polling(4),
     ifconfig(8)

     The RealTek 8129, 8139 and	8139C+ datasheets, http://www.realtek.com.tw.

HISTORY
     The rl device driver first	appeared in FreeBSD 3.0.

AUTHORS
     The rl driver was written by Bill Paul <wpaul@ctr.columbia.edu>.

BUGS
     Since outbound packets must be longword aligned, the transmit routine has
     to	copy an	unaligned packet into an mbuf cluster buffer before transmis-
     sion.  The	driver abuses the fact that the	cluster	buffer pool is allo-
     cated at system startup time in a contiguous region starting at a page
     boundary.	Since cluster buffers are 2048 bytes, they are longword
     aligned by	definition.  The driver	probably should	not be depending on
     this characteristic.

     The RealTek data sheets are of especially poor quality, and there is a
     lot of information	missing	particularly concerning	the receiver opera-
     tion.  One	particularly important fact that the data sheets fail to men-
     tion relates to the way in	which the chip fills in	the receive buffer.
     When an interrupt is posted to signal that	a frame	has been received, it
     is	possible that another frame might be in	the process of being copied
     into the receive buffer while the driver is busy handling the first one.
     If	the driver manages to finish processing	the first frame	before the
     chip is done DMAing the rest of the next frame, the driver	may attempt to
     process the next frame in the buffer before the chip has had a chance to
     finish DMAing all of it.

     The driver	can check for an incomplete frame by inspecting	the frame
     length in the header preceding the	actual packet data: an incomplete
     frame will	have the magic length of 0xFFF0.  When the driver encounters
     this value, it knows that it has finished processing all currently	avail-
     able packets.  Neither this magic value nor its significance are docu-
     mented anywhere in	the RealTek data sheets.

FreeBSD	10.1			August 22, 2010			  FreeBSD 10.1

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