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Date:   Sun,  5 May 2019 13:19:29 +0300
From:   Vladimir Oltean <>
Cc:, Vladimir Oltean <>
Subject: [PATCH net-next v3 10/10] Documentation: net: dsa: sja1105: Add info about supported traffic modes

This adds a table which illustrates what combinations of management /
regular traffic work depending on the state the switch ports are in.

Signed-off-by: Vladimir Oltean <>
Changes in v3:
  - Added a commit description.

Changes in v2:
  - Added clarification about bridging other netdevices with swich
  - Removed "Other notable features" section.

 Documentation/networking/dsa/sja1105.rst | 54 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 54 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/networking/dsa/sja1105.rst b/Documentation/networking/dsa/sja1105.rst
index 7c13b40915c0..ea7bac438cfd 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/dsa/sja1105.rst
+++ b/Documentation/networking/dsa/sja1105.rst
@@ -63,6 +63,38 @@ If that changed setting can be transmitted to the switch through the dynamic
 reconfiguration interface, it is; otherwise the switch is reset and
 reprogrammed with the updated static configuration.
+Traffic support
+The switches do not support switch tagging in hardware. But they do support
+customizing the TPID by which VLAN traffic is identified as such. The switch
+driver is leveraging ``CONFIG_NET_DSA_TAG_8021Q`` by requesting that special
+VLANs (with a custom TPID of ``ETH_P_EDSA`` instead of ``ETH_P_8021Q``) are
+installed on its ports when not in ``vlan_filtering`` mode. This does not
+interfere with the reception and transmission of real 802.1Q-tagged traffic,
+because the switch does no longer parse those packets as VLAN after the TPID
+The TPID is restored when ``vlan_filtering`` is requested by the user through
+the bridge layer, and general IP termination becomes no longer possible through
+the switch netdevices in this mode.
+The switches have two programmable filters for link-local destination MACs.
+These are used to trap BPDUs and PTP traffic to the master netdevice, and are
+further used to support STP and 1588 ordinary clock/boundary clock
+The following traffic modes are supported over the switch netdevices:
+|                    | Standalone |   Bridged with   |   Bridged with   |
+|                    |    ports   | vlan_filtering 0 | vlan_filtering 1 |
+| Regular traffic    |     Yes    |       Yes        |  No (use master) |
+| Management traffic |     Yes    |       Yes        |       Yes        |
+|    (BPDU, PTP)     |            |                  |                  |
 Switching features
@@ -92,6 +124,28 @@ that VLAN awareness is global at the switch level is that once a bridge with
 ``vlan_filtering`` enslaves at least one switch port, the other un-bridged
 ports are no longer available for standalone traffic termination.
+Topology and loop detection through STP is supported.
+L2 FDB manipulation (add/delete/dump) is currently possible for the first
+generation devices. Aging time of FDB entries, as well as enabling fully static
+management (no address learning and no flooding of unknown traffic) is not yet
+configurable in the driver.
+A special comment about bridging with other netdevices (illustrated with an
+A board has eth0, eth1, swp0@...1, swp1@...1, swp2@...1, swp3@...1.
+The switch ports (swp0-3) are under br0.
+It is desired that eth0 is turned into another switched port that communicates
+with swp0-3.
+If br0 has vlan_filtering 0, then eth0 can simply be added to br0 with the
+intended results.
+If br0 has vlan_filtering 1, then a new br1 interface needs to be created that
+enslaves eth0 and eth1 (the DSA master of the switch ports). This is because in
+this mode, the switch ports beneath br0 are not capable of regular traffic, and
+are only used as a conduit for switchdev operations.
 Device Tree bindings and board design

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