axe(4) and Plugable USB2-E1000 (or: general USB Ethernet advice)

Jeffrey McFadden junkrigsailor at
Sun Jan 1 19:27:01 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Rotate 13 <rabgvzr at> wrote:

> I am looking for a USB ethernet adapter which works with very stable
> driver in FreeBSD.  To effect this end, I went through section 4 man
> pages, and made list of drivers for USB ethernet chips.  The problem
> is, many are apparently not widely available or in current production
> - but I found ASIX AX88178 and ASIX AX88772 (axe(4)) in various
> devices from .  I am mostly interested in ASIX
> AX88178 due to faster speed (albeit limited by USB2 speed).
> My questions:
>        * Does anybody have good or bad experience with Plugable USB2-E1000
> (ASIX AX88178) in FreeBSD?  Stability is utmost concern, followed by
> performance.  I note, page for product says also it has
> Realtek RTL8211CL PHY - I do not understand why, and cannot find info
> explaining this.  Is perhaps slower USB2-E100 with ASIX AX88772 more
> compatible?
>        * Any advice on rock-solid usage of USB Ethernet in FreeBSD, and
> pointers to other products will be much G USB

I can't address your other questions, but the Belkin Wireless G USB adapter
model FSD7050 is working without fail for me, and last I knew was still on
the market.


> Thanks in advance.
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