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

Rotate 13 rabgvzr at
Sun Jan 1 21:48:59 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM, Jeffrey McFadden
<junkrigsailor at> wrote:
> 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.

Thank you for reply.  To make it clear, I am looking for wired
Ethernet device: RJ45 jack on one side, USB jack on the other.  Best
would be gigabit ethernet and USB3, but I probably will get USB2 - and
even USB2 + 100baseT would be ok in a pinch.

I am also looking for good wireless hardware, but not USB - mini-PCIe,
probably ath(4) or ral(4) compatible device which will work with
FreeBSD's upcoming 802.11n support.  That is a separate issue
(although comments/pointers are welcome!).

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