lavi.kfir at gmail
Jan 20, 2011, 2:32 AM
Post #5 of 5
On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 12:30 AM, Peter Stuge <peter [at] stuge> wrote:
Re: Marvell switch 6131 and the DSA driver
[In reply to]
> Kfir Lavi wrote:
>> > do you have a manual for the board? what does it say about what
>> > you can do with the usb link?
>> We have configured this board via USB using windows, so I guess I
>> should be able to use the board over USB.
> You should be able to also configure the board over USB using Linux
> of course. But if Windows with vendor software did not expose a
> networking interface for the switch then Linux probably also can not.
> I find it very likely that the USB interface is only for
> configuration and not actual network packets.
Yes you right. Windows also see it as a Marvel evaluation board
but not a network interface. When using Marvell's software on
Windows, then we see that the port is using SMI
(which is the configuration interface).
> It is definately possible to have USB network interfaces, but that
> is not something that would be built-in to a switch. Can you look at
> the board and identify some chips? If not, maybe you can post a
> high-resolution photo where chip markings are visible? Then people
> with good experience from the chips could help you identify what
> chips are being used, and make some informed guesses about
> capabilities of the different interfaces.
> (Assuming that there is no information about what you can and can not
> do in documentation or otherwise available from the vendor, in which
> case that would of course be a much more efficient source of
> information. :)
I'm not able to do that, as we are signed on NDA with them, and I just
don't know what is right and what is wrong.
I just wanted this to work over usb as a quick hack, but I think I'll wait
for it to be soldered to my cpu.