Re: [PATCH net-next v3 0/5] TSN auto negotiation between 1G and 2.5G

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On Thu, Sep 21, 2023 at 03:14:59PM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > Auto-negotiation between 10, 100, 1000Mbps will use
> > in-band auto negotiation. Auto-negotiation between 10/100/1000Mbps and
> > 2.5Gbps will work as the following proposed flow, the stmmac driver reads
> > the PHY link status registers then identifies the negotiated speed.
> I don't think you replied to my comment.
> in-band is just an optimisation. It in theory allows you to avoid a
> software path, the PHY driver talking to the MAC driver about the PHY
> status. As an optimisation, it is optional. Linux has the software
> path and the MAC driver you are using basically has it implemented.

Sorry Andrew, I have to disagree. It isn't always optional - there are
PHYs out there where they won't pass data until the in-band exchange
has completed. If you try to operate out-of-band without the PHY being
told that is the case, and program the MAC/PCS end not to respond to
the in-band frames from the PHY, the PHY will report link up as normal
(since it reports the media side), but no data will flow because the
MAC facing side of the PHY hasn't completed.

The only exception are PHYs that default to in-band but have an inband
bypass mode also enabled to cover the case where the MAC/PCS doesn't
respond to the inband messages.

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