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cdce -- USB Communication Device Class Ethernet driver
cdce* at uhub? port ?
The cdce driver provides support for USB Host-to-Host (aka USB-to-USB) bridges and USB-to-Ethernet adapters based on the USB Communication Device Class (CDC) and Ethernet subclass, including the following: Acer Labs USB 2.0 Data Link Anker A7611 Club 3D Adapter LAN-Adapter (CAC-1420) DIEWU USB-DW8152 G.Mate YP3X00 Huawei E5573s-320s Motorola USBNET NetChip EthernetGadget Prolific PL-2501 Realtek RTL8152B, RTL8156, and RTL8156B Ethernet controllers Sharp Zaurus The USB bridge appears as a regular network interface on both sides, transporting Ethernet frames. For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8). USB 1.x bridges support speeds of up to 12Mbps, USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480Mbps, and USB 3.0 speeds of up to 5Gbps. Packets are received and transmitted over separate USB bulk transfer end- points. The cdce driver does not support different media types or options.
cdce%d: no union descriptor The driver couldn't fetch an interface descriptor from the USB device. For a manually added USB vendor/product, the CDCE_NO_UNION flag can be tried to work around the missing descrip- tor. cdce%d: no data interface cdce%d: could not read endpoint descriptor cdce%d: unexpected endpoint cdce%d: could not find data bulk in/out For a manually added USB ven- dor/product, these errors indicate that the bridge is not compatible with the driver. Also see usbnet(4) for diagnostics.
arp(4), intro(4), netintro(4), usb(4), usbnet(4), ifconfig.if(5), ifconfig(8) Universal Serial Bus Class Definitions for Communication Devices, Data sheet Prolific PL-2501 Host-to-Host Bridge/Network Controller,
The cdce device driver first appeared in OpenBSD 3.6 and NetBSD 3.0.
The cdce driver was written by Craig Boston <> based on the aue(4) driver written by Bill Paul <> and ported to OpenBSD by Daniel Hartmeier <>.
Many USB devices notoriously fail to report their class and interfaces correctly. Undetected products might work flawlessly when their vendor and product IDs are added to the driver manually. NetBSD 10.99 November 5, 2023 NetBSD 10.99
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