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Re: managed switches on mii(4)

On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 10:29:22AM -0500, David Young wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 02:31:20PM +0000, Jonathan A. Kollasch wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I'm interested in being able to control a 5/6-port managed switch
> > attached to a bce(4)'s mii(4) interface.
> > 
> > I saw the idea of using bridge(4) to take advantage of the  hard-
> > ware  switch,  but  somehow this seems like an unusual idea.  The
> > switch hardware has more configuration options than  just  bridg-
> > ing.  (Although  those  features may not be fully documented pub-
> > licly.)
> What are those configuration options?

In the meantime I discovered a programmers guide for the hardware.
Google for "bcm5365p.pdf". (I have no idea if this is actually
supposed to be public.)  Anyway, this seems to have a complete
description of the hardware.  (This includes information on
ubsec(4) and bce(4) btw.)  The switch appears to have all the
features of a decent managed switch.  VLANs, mirroring, QoS,
MAC address table stuff, statistics collection, etc.

        Jonathan Kollasch

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