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Any one else have trouble w/ ax88179_178a USB Ethernet?


HercMull
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I've got a shiny new Asix Electronics AX88179-based USB 3.0 GigE network adapter that isn't behaving quite right. A couple of notes:

When trying to install the kernel module from the default repositories, opkg will install the kernel module for kernel version 3.18.20-1 even though the NANO is running kernel 3.18.23-1. Running insmod for that module causes a segmentation fault (to be expected).

I can successfully install the 3.18.23-1 kernel module manually from the OpenWRT website. The module loads successfully and the interface is detected, but does not appear to be receiving traffic. Logs:

Wed Aug 10 21:19:39 2016 kern.info kernel: [93776.600000] ax88179_178a 1-1.3:1.0 eth1: register 'ax88179_178a' at usb-ehci-platform-1.3, ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet, MAC_ADDR_REDACTED
Wed Aug 10 21:19:40 2016 daemon.notice netifd: Interface 'wan2' is enabled
Wed Aug 10 21:19:42 2016 kern.info kernel: [93778.850000] ax88179_178a 1-1.3:1.0 eth1: ax88179 - Link status is: 1
Wed Aug 10 21:19:42 2016 daemon.notice netifd: Network device 'eth1' link is up
Wed Aug 10 21:19:42 2016 daemon.notice netifd: Interface 'wan2' has link connectivity 
Wed Aug 10 21:19:42 2016 daemon.notice netifd: Interface 'wan2' is setting up now
Wed Aug 10 21:19:42 2016 daemon.notice netifd: wan2 (3862): udhcpc (v1.23.2) started
Wed Aug 10 21:19:42 2016 daemon.notice netifd: wan2 (3862): Sending discover...
Wed Aug 10 21:19:45 2016 daemon.notice netifd: wan2 (3862): Sending discover...
Wed Aug 10 21:19:48 2016 daemon.notice netifd: wan2 (3862): Sending discover...

Output of ethtool:

Settings for eth1:
	Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
	Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 
	                        100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full 
	                        1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full 
	Supported pause frame use: No
	Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
	Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 
	                        100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full 
	                        1000baseT/Full 
	Advertised pause frame use: Symmetric
	Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
	Link partner advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 
	                                     100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full 
	Link partner advertised pause frame use: Symmetric
	Link partner advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
	Speed: 100Mb/s
	Duplex: Full
	Port: MII
	PHYAD: 3
	Transceiver: internal
	Auto-negotiation: on
	Supports Wake-on: pg
	Wake-on: g
	Current message level: 0x00000007 (7)
			       drv probe link
	Link detected: yes

Output of ifconfig:

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr REDACTED  
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:621 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:144 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:50400 (49.2 KiB)

The interface does not receive an address via DHCP, nor does it work when configured with a static IP. You may also note the high number of receive errors which I originally suspected may be the result of a speed/ duplex mismatch, but have confirmed is not the case (using two separate switches).

tcpdump shows DHCP discover packets being sent, but no return traffic.

This adapter works fine on other systems, including Raspberry Pis running Raspbian and Ubuntu.

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  • Foxtrot changed the title to Any+one+else+have+trouble+w/+ax88179_178a+USB+Ethernet?

good new. with the newest firmware 1.1.1 asix network adapters are recognized.

Now you see something similar to this in dmesg:

ax88179_178a 1-1.3:1.0 eth1: register 'ax88179_178a' at usb-ehci-platform-1.3, ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet, 00:05:1b:b0:3e:1f

You still need to update /etc/config/network to use the interface.

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39 minutes ago, tman said:

good new. with the newest firmware 1.1.1 asix network adapters are recognized.

Now you see something similar to this in dmesg:

ax88179_178a 1-1.3:1.0 eth1: register 'ax88179_178a' at usb-ehci-platform-1.3, ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet, 00:05:1b:b0:3e:1f

You still need to update /etc/config/network to use the interface.

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You'll want to check the output of dmesg (see above) to confirm which interface your LANTurtle is, then you just need to modify /etc/config/network with the parameters you want to use. In my case, the interface is eth1 and I am using DHCP so my config was modified to include:

config interface 'wan2'
	option ifname	'eth1'
	option proto	'dhcp'
	option dns	'8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4'

I have also added the wan2 interface to the wan zone in /etc/config/firewall:

config zone
	option name			wan
	list   network		'wan'
	list   network		'wan2'
	option input		ACCEPT
	option output		ACCEPT
	option forward		ACCEPT
	option masq		1
	option mtu_fix		1

After you've made these changes, you'll want to run /etc/init.d/network reload to apply them.

 

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Newbie here. Using firmware 1.1.1.

When I plug in the LAN Turtle into the Nano, dmesg shows:

[  758.300000] usb 1-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 6 using ehci-platform

However, ifconfig -a doesn't show eth1 or wan2 or any new interface. I'm guessing the issue is that the LAN Turtle is recognized as a generic USB device but not an Ethernet device?

What am I missing? What commands should I use to install or debug?

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  • Foxtrot changed the title to Any one else have trouble w/ ax88179_178a USB Ethernet?
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0bda:8152 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05e3:0745 Genesys Logic, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0cf3:9271 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR9271 802.11n
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 058f:6254 Alcor Micro Corp. USB Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Same as what you posted accept a bit of difference in the first line.

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I'm seeing that the ASIX AX88772A listed in Windows Device Manger is the Pineapple Nano plugged into the USB port. The Turtle uses a Realtek controller which, when plugged into Windows, is shown in the Device Manager as a Realtek network controller. When plugged into the Pineapple, it is shown as:

Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0bda:8152 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

However, the Pineapple's `ifconfig -a` doesn't display its interface.

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I'm actually having the same issue. I think it has to do with the ethernet side and the usb side. If you plug it up to a mac you get both adapters listed in the system report. I think the problem is the nano not seeing the ASIX part of the adapter. I wonder if it's a setting on the turtle that's causing this.

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good point - I checked in my lanturtle and noticed i had clomac enabled in the modules. have disabled it now will try again.

laptop dmesg

[ 7950.188404] usb 8-1: new high-speed USB device number 17 using ehci-pci
[ 7950.326151] usb 8-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8152
[ 7950.326164] usb 8-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 7950.326170] usb 8-1: Product: USB 10/100 LAN
[ 7950.326176] usb 8-1: Manufacturer: Realtek
[ 7950.326182] usb 8-1: SerialNumber: 00E04C3611FE
[ 7950.440320] usb 8-1: reset high-speed USB device number 17 using ehci-pci
[ 7950.602599] r8152 8-1:1.0 eth1: v1.08.3
[ 7950.663186] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
[ 7950.720327] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
[ 7952.342170] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth1: link becomes ready

laptop lsusb

Bus 008 Device 017: ID 0bda:8152 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

nano dmesg

[   87.580000] usb 1-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 5 using ehci-platform

nano lsusb

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0bda:8152 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 

 

 

 

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Per Sebkinne, the ax88179 kernel module is now part of the base 1.1.1 firmware and when I plug in a generic (i.e. non-LANTurtle) ax88179 adapter, the kernel module is loaded automagically as expected. I don't know what Realtek chipset the LANTurtle uses (quick Google search suggests RTL8152?), but it sounds like the module isn't loaded. If it's working on another Linux-based system, running lsmod on that system should give you an idea where to start and which module(s) you may need to install on the nano.

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Thank you for the info @HercMull makes sense. Will check it out.

update:-  I don't see a pre-compiled kmod specificly for the rtl8152, There are various kmod-usb-net but again nothing specific to the rtl8152. Will put this on a back burner as I don't need this specifically and would only be a "nice to have" - for me anyway.

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I sent a request to @Sebkinne for support of Lan Turtle (Realtek) USB-to-Ethernet adapters within Nano firmware. Hopefully this will be included in a future firmware update. Seems like the LAN Turtle should be supported as its the only USB-to-Ethernet adapter sold by Hak5.

That said, I went ahead and purchased a ASIX AX88179 chipset based USB-to-Ethernet adapter, a Plugable Technolgies USB3-E1000 for $15. It works OOB with the Nano's 1.1.1 firmware. Be sure to follow the networking setup described by @HercMull above.

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