Subject: full duplex ethernet trouble
To: tech-userlevel <tech-userlevel@NetBSD.org>
From: Dave <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/05/2004 17:44:14
I've finally upgraded to a 100baseTX switch and am having trouble getting
full-duplex ethernet working correctly.
For right now, the network is composed of two machines, both with Netgear
FA310TX NICs and a Netgear FS108 switch.
According to the switch, the cards are in full-duplex mode only when the
machines boot. At this point, network performance is intolerably slow.
If a cable is removed and replaced or the switch powercycled, the FDX
light on the switch for that port goes out. The lights on the cards still
claim they're in full-duplex mode. Network performance is now acceptable,
but I'm not sure if I'm truly in full-duplex mode.
So, now my questions:
1) What is the reason for the odd behavior of the full-duplex lights on
2) Why when any or both of these lights are on is the network performance
3) Is the below output from ifconfig(8) enough to prove that the interface
is indeed in full-duplex mode?
4) How do I make the switch lights behave themselves?
5) How do I make sure the machines boot up such that their network
throughput isn't hindered by whatever gremlin is at work?
# ifconfig tlp0
tlp0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
media: Ethernet 100baseTX full-duplex
inet 10.0.0.3 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 10.0.0.255
inet6 fe80::2a0:ccff:fed1:ceef%tlp0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
# cat /etc/ifconfig.tlp0
10.0.0.3 netmask 0xffffff00 media 100baseTX
[note: appending "mediaopt full-duplex" made no difference.]