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 ASIX AX88179_178a USB NIC Driver by Trickstarter 
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My adapter:

http://www.startech.com/Networking-IO/A ... ~USB31000S

Newegg.com has it cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6833114074


Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:12 am
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BTW, the offer still stands on a free one from me Trickstarter. ;-)


Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:13 am
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ok well im Ordering 4 of these bad boys.
Have to get a postal forwarding thingy as its US only .. but should have it in a few weeks.

Fun times!


Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:49 am
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BTW> Trickstarter, that NIC looks exactly the same as my one. You should probably get one like AdamK has posted.....


Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:50 am
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I thought it looked like yours mrdave, but I didn't want to assume. 0:-)


Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:53 am
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Well too late now it's en-route. Fingers crossed.


Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:42 am
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Maybe ill wait then, I can get the non-working version cheap and quickly locally, and if your getting one trickstarter, then I'm sure you will fix what ever bug it is with the usbcore. Thoughts?


Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:17 pm
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Mine has arrived and it seems to be working fine. This is without the nic plugged in, first the modified usbnet:

Code:
2013-03-15T23:51:25.638Z cpu2:572011)Loading module usbnetvz026 ...
2013-03-15T23:51:25.638Z cpu2:572011)Elf: 1852: module usbnetvz026 has license GPL
2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)module heap: Initial heap size: 262144, max heap size: 5562368
2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)vmklnx_module_mempool_init: Mempool max 5562368 being used for module: 75

2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)vmk_MemPoolCreate passed for 64 pages

2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)skb_mem_info mempool for module usbnetvz026 created - max size 23068672
2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)module heap: using memType 2
2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)module heap vmklnx_usbnet: creation succeeded. id = 0x41001ad80000
2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)Mod: 4485: Initialization of usbnetvz026 succeeded with module ID 75.
2013-03-15T23:51:25.639Z cpu2:572011)usbnetvz026 loaded successfully.


Then the ax88179vz026:

Code:
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)Loading module ax88179vz026 ...
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)Elf: 1852: module ax88179vz026 has license GPL
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)module heap: Initial heap size: 8388608, max heap size: 9756672
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)vmklnx_module_mempool_init: Mempool max 9756672 being used for module: 77

2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)vmk_MemPoolCreate passed for 2048 pages

2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)skb_mem_info mempool for module ax88179vz026 created - max size 33554432
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)module heap: using memType 2
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)module heap vmklnx_rx88179: creation succeeded. id = 0x41001b000000
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)<6>usbcore: registered new interface driver ax88179_178a
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)Mod: 4485: Initialization of ax88179vz026 succeeded with module ID 77.
2013-03-15T23:52:00.119Z cpu2:572018)ax88179vz026 loaded successfully.


Then I plug in the NIC with an RJ45 already in it:

Code:
2013-03-15T23:52:22.011Z cpu3:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 7
2013-03-15T23:52:22.134Z cpu3:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=0b95, idProduct=1790
2013-03-15T23:52:22.134Z cpu3:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
2013-03-15T23:52:22.134Z cpu3:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: Product: AX88179
2013-03-15T23:52:22.134Z cpu3:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: Manufacturer: ASIX Elec.
2013-03-15T23:52:22.134Z cpu3:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: SerialNumber: 000006redacted
<3>setting features 64bit dma2013-03-15T23:52:22.462Z cpu3:2499)<3>MAC [00-06-88-0f-75-15]
2013-03-15T23:52:22.469Z cpu3:2499)<6>ASIX USB Ethernet Adapter:v1.3.0 21:52:42 Feb 20 2013
          http://www.asix.com.tw
2013-03-15T23:52:22.470Z cpu3:2499)Uplink: 6295: Opening device vusb0
2013-03-15T23:52:22.470Z cpu2:2076)Uplink: 6130: Detected pseudo-NIC for 'vusb0'
2013-03-15T23:52:22.803Z cpu3:2499)Uplink: 4915: enabled port 0x2000005 with mac 00:06:88:0f:75:15
2013-03-15T23:52:22.803Z cpu2:2076)NetPort: 1574: disabled port 0x2000005
2013-03-15T23:52:22.803Z cpu2:2076)Uplink: 4915: enabled port 0x2000005 with mac 00:06:88:0f:75:15
2013-03-15T23:52:22.803Z cpu2:2499)<6>vusb0: register 'ax88179_178a' at usb-0000:00:1d.0-1.2, ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 Gigibit Ethernet, 00:06:88:0f:75:15
2013-03-15T23:52:22.803Z cpu2:2499)<6>ax88179_178a 2-1.2:1.0: interface is claimed by ax88179_178a
2013-03-15T23:52:22.803Z cpu2:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: device is not available for passthrough
2013-03-15T23:52:22.803Z cpu2:2499)<6>usb 2-1.2: usbfs: registered usb0207
2013-03-15T23:52:25.513Z cpu2:2076)NetPort: 1574: disabled port 0x2000005
2013-03-15T23:52:25.513Z cpu2:2076)Uplink: 4915: enabled port 0x2000005 with mac 00:06:88:0f:75:15
2013-03-15T23:52:25.989Z cpu3:2480)<3>Write medium type: 0x013f
2013-03-15T23:52:30.513Z cpu0:2076)NetPort: 1574: disabled port 0x2000005
2013-03-15T23:52:30.513Z cpu0:2076)Uplink: 4915: enabled port 0x2000005 with mac 00:06:88:0f:75:15


And here's a very unscientific load test. Keep in mind it uses scp so may be constrained partly by the ESX host cpu allocation. I do not have Jumbo frames enabled on my network either.

Code:
$ dd if=/dev/zero of=1gig.img bs=1m count=1024
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes transferred in 24.313961 secs (44161534 bytes/sec)
$ du -sh 1gig.img
1.0G   1gig.img
$ scp 1gig.img root@192.168.0.222:/vmfs/volumes/datastore1
Password:
1gig.img                                                                                    100% 1024MB  19.3MB/s   00:53   
$ rm 1gig.img
$ scp root@192.168.0.222:/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/1gig.img .
Password:
1gig.img                                                                                    100% 1024MB  30.1MB/s   00:34


My NIC seems to be showing that the upload is 50% faster than the download. I did make code changes that might explain this discrepancy. Still both are at 200mbps+ which isn't bad at all for a USB NIC.


Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:09 pm
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That's awesome - well done!
Maybe I got a dud device,, dunno. I think ill just get the ones from Newegg unless you have any final suggestions?


Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:03 am
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I think it's going to be a gamble, but you should be safe as long as the items you get are from Newegg direct and not their marketplace sellers.


Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:04 pm
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