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Date:	Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:19:20 +0100
From:	Jesper Dangaard Brouer <>
To:	Benny Amorsen <>
Cc:	Jesse Brandeburg <>,
	"Skidmore, Donald C" <>,
	"Waskiewicz Jr, Peter P" <>,
	"" <>,
	"Kirsher, Jeffrey T" <>
Subject: Re: ixgbe: Unsupported SFP+ modules on 10Gbit/s X520-DA2 NIC?

On Wed, 2012-01-18 at 22:45 +0100, Benny Amorsen wrote:
> Jesse Brandeburg <> writes:
> > For X520 adapters, the documentation[1] states that which SFP+
> > adapters are/are not supported.  Direct attach cables are also
> > supported.
> >
> > [1]
> I can't believe that locked optics have now arrived on commodity
> hardware. I have been trying to migrate to all-Intel networking at work;
> that effort is certainly on hold now.

I cannot understand why Intel are pulling a stunt like this! :-(

I have read the code, and the limitation comes from a EEPROM setting on
the NIC, see define "IXGBE_DEVICE_CAPS_ALLOW_ANY_SFP 0x1".

Here is a (untested) patch I believe removes the limitation in the

[PATCH] ixgbe: Always allow any SFP+ regardless of EEPROM setting.

Intel are trying to limit which SFP's we can use in our NICs.
We don't like this practices in the Linux Kernel.

Signed-off-by: Jesper Dangaard Brouer <>
 drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_phy.c |    2 ++
 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_phy.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_phy.c
index 7cf1e1f..2b13083 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_phy.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_phy.c
@@ -1061,6 +1061,8 @@ s32 ixgbe_identify_sfp_module_generic(struct ixgbe_hw *hw)
 		hw->mac.ops.get_device_caps(hw, &enforce_sfp);
+		/* Hack: Always allow any SFP regardless of EEPROM setting */
 		if (!(enforce_sfp & IXGBE_DEVICE_CAPS_ALLOW_ANY_SFP) &&
 		    !((hw->phy.sfp_type == ixgbe_sfp_type_1g_cu_core0) ||
 		      (hw->phy.sfp_type == ixgbe_sfp_type_1g_cu_core1))) {

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