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Realtek re(4) driver

Dieter BSD-2
Multiple people have found that FreeBSD's re(4) driver for Realtek
Ethernet chips has problems.  Something like a rcp(1) with another
FreeBSD box merely runs slower due to the stalls, but if the other end
has buggy network code and/or if the transfer is forced to use UDP
(Unreliable Data Protocol) data is lost.  :-(

Rumor has it that Realtek has a driver that works properly with FreeBSD.

FreeBSD's developers are apparently unable to:
a) Fix the existing FreeBSD re(4) device driver so that it works correctly.
b) Replace the existing FreeBSD re(4) device driver with Realtek's driver.
c) Make Realtek's driver into a port/pkg.
d) At least add a warning to the re(4) man page, with the URL for
   Realtek's driver.

Therefore every user with Realtek Ethernet chips are forced to somehow
discover that Realtek has a working driver, then somehow obtain a copy
of this mythical driver, get it to compile and build a custom kernel.
They then need to write a test suite and verify that Realtek's driver
does in fact work properly for their applications.

I am currently suffering data loss due to this.  Therefore I am
attempting to obtain a copy of the mythical Realtek device driver.
I managed to find

> http://www.realtek.com.tw/Downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=4&PNid=13&PFid=5&Level=5&Conn=4&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

But it does not work for me.  It has a listing for

> Description         Version Update Time File Size Download Site 1
> FreeBSD 7.x and 8.0 1.94    2017/9/15   93k       Global

The machine with the re ports is running 10.3, hopefully the 7&8 code
will compile and work on 10.  But the real problem is that clicking on
"Global" does not work.  Some browsers do nothing.  Firefox creates
a new window with http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/
which is going backwards.  I was expecting something like a tar file
containing the source code.

I also tried google, and emailing a FreeBSD user that runs the Realtek
driver, but both pointed me to the above non-working URL.  I'm
told that seamonkey works, but...

So my question is: could someone please tell me the URL that points
*directly* to the mythical Realtek device driver?  (without
the broken javascheist garbage)
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Re: Realtek re(4) driver

Vladimir Terziev-4
Hi Dieter,

i have managed to download the driver from the link that you provided by just clicking the “Global” link.

Just let me know if you want me to send it to you.


Regards,

Vladimir


> On 11 Apr 2018, at 01:50, Dieter BSD <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Multiple people have found that FreeBSD's re(4) driver for Realtek
> Ethernet chips has problems.  Something like a rcp(1) with another
> FreeBSD box merely runs slower due to the stalls, but if the other end
> has buggy network code and/or if the transfer is forced to use UDP
> (Unreliable Data Protocol) data is lost.  :-(
>
> Rumor has it that Realtek has a driver that works properly with FreeBSD.
>
> FreeBSD's developers are apparently unable to:
> a) Fix the existing FreeBSD re(4) device driver so that it works correctly.
> b) Replace the existing FreeBSD re(4) device driver with Realtek's driver.
> c) Make Realtek's driver into a port/pkg.
> d) At least add a warning to the re(4) man page, with the URL for
>   Realtek's driver.
>
> Therefore every user with Realtek Ethernet chips are forced to somehow
> discover that Realtek has a working driver, then somehow obtain a copy
> of this mythical driver, get it to compile and build a custom kernel.
> They then need to write a test suite and verify that Realtek's driver
> does in fact work properly for their applications.
>
> I am currently suffering data loss due to this.  Therefore I am
> attempting to obtain a copy of the mythical Realtek device driver.
> I managed to find
>
>> http://www.realtek.com.tw/Downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=4&PNid=13&PFid=5&Level=5&Conn=4&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false
>
> But it does not work for me.  It has a listing for
>
>> Description         Version Update Time File Size Download Site 1
>> FreeBSD 7.x and 8.0 1.94    2017/9/15   93k       Global
>
> The machine with the re ports is running 10.3, hopefully the 7&8 code
> will compile and work on 10.  But the real problem is that clicking on
> "Global" does not work.  Some browsers do nothing.  Firefox creates
> a new window with http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/
> which is going backwards.  I was expecting something like a tar file
> containing the source code.
>
> I also tried google, and emailing a FreeBSD user that runs the Realtek
> driver, but both pointed me to the above non-working URL.  I'm
> told that seamonkey works, but...
>
> So my question is: could someone please tell me the URL that points
> *directly* to the mythical Realtek device driver?  (without
> the broken javascheist garbage)
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