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ALC(4)		      DragonFly Kernel Interfaces Manual		ALC(4)

NAME

alc -- Atheros AR8131/AR8132 Gigabit/Fast Ethernet driver

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel configuration file: device miibus device alc Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5): if_alc_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The alc device driver provides support for Atheros AR8131 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controllers and Atheros AR8132 PCI Express Fast Ethernet controllers. All LOMs supported by the alc driver have TCP/UDP/IP checksum offload for transmit, TCP segmentation offload (TSO), hardware VLAN tag strip- ping/insertion features, Wake On Lan (WOL) and an interrupt moderation mechanism as well as a 64-bit multicast hash filter. The AR8131/AR8132 supports Jumbo Frames (up to 9216 bytes), 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. The alc 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 rc.conf(5). 10baseT/UTP Set 10Mbps operation. 100baseTX Set 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet) operation. 1000baseTX Set 1000baseTX operation over twisted pair. The alc driver supports the following media options: full-duplex Force full duplex operation. half-duplex Force half duplex operation. For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

HARDWARE

The alc device driver provides support for the following Ethernet con- trollers: * Atheros AR8131 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller * Atheros AR8132 PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller

LOADER TUNABLES

Tunables can be set at the loader(8) prompt before booting the kernel or stored in loader.conf(5). hw.alc.msi_disable This tunable disables MSI support on the Ethernet hardware. The default value is 0. hw.alc.msix_disable This tunable disables MSI-X support on the Ethernet hardware. The default value is 0.

SYSCTL VARIABLES

The following variables are available as both sysctl(8) variables and loader(8) tunables: dev.alc.%d.int_rx_mod Maximum amount of time to delay receive interrupt processing in units of 1us. The accepted range is 0 to 130000, the default is 100(100us). Value 0 completely disables the interrupt modera- tion. dev.alc.%d.int_tx_mod Maximum amount of time to delay transmit interrupt processing in units of 1us. The accepted range is 0 to 130000, the default is 50000(50ms). Value 0 completely disables the interrupt modera- tion. dev.alc.%d.process_limit Maximum amount of Rx frames to be processed in the event loop before rescheduling a taskqueue. The accepted range is 32 to 255, the default value is 64 events. The interface does not need to be brought down and up again before a change takes effect.

SEE ALSO

altq(4), arp(4), ifmedia(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), vlan(4), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY

The alc driver was written by Pyun YongHyeon <yongari@FreeBSD.org>. It first appeared in FreeBSD 8.0. It was imported into DragonFly 2.5 by Matt Dillon based on a port by Samuel J. Greear. DragonFly 3.9 February 14, 2010 DragonFly 3.9