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DDoc
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802.3az (EEE) support on X550-T1/2 NICs

According to the Intel X550 datasheet (1), the controller supports IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE). It's also added as a key feature on the Intel's X550 Product Brief (2). However, it seems that 802.3az support has been silently dropped from the Intel X550-T1/T2 product brief (2) even if a product guide from Lenovo clearly mark this feature as supported. This feature is important for EE datacenters, especially for power-hungry 10GBase-T connectivity. We tried to get EEE working on X550-T1/T2 CNA on various switches without success. It seems this features is disabled or broken. PROSet 21.1 does not include any settings related to EEE.

Can you please give us the current status of 802.3az (EEE) on Intel's X550-T1/T2 CNA?

PS : Additionally, do you have an ETA for NBase-T support on these NICs? According to the product brief, this feature is marked as "to be enabled in a post-launch firmware release".

(1) http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/datasheets/ethernet-x550-datasheet.pdf http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/datasheets/ethernet-x550-datasheet.pdf

(2) http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/x550-ethernet-controller-... http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/x550-ethernet-controller-...

(3) http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/ethernet-x550-brief.pdf http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/ethernet-x550-brief.pdf

(4) https://lenovopress.com/lp0097.pdf https://lenovopress.com/lp0097.pdf

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idata
Community Manager
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Hi doritsep,

 

 

Thank you for posting your query in Wired Ethernet Communities.

 

 

I'm currently checking your concern and will update this thread as soon as possible.

 

 

You've mentioned trying various switches for your EEE implementation, kindly share the switch model and firmware version.

 

 

regards,

 

Vince
DDoc
Novice
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Sure,

Here they are :

- Netgear XS708T - Firmware 6.6.0.11

- Netgear XS716T - Firmware 6.6.0.11

- DLink DXS-1210-12TC - Firmware 1.10.012

- Cisco SG350XG-2F10 - Firmware 2.2.5.68

Thanks for ur support.

DDoc
Novice
261 Views

Any answer?

idata
Community Manager
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Hi doritsep,

 

 

Further checking, I am sorry to inform you X550-T1 require a driver to support EEE which currently we do not have the timeline for the driver release. And NBase-T is not supported in Windows but in Linux. Hope this clarified.

 

 

rgds,

 

wb

 

idata
Community Manager
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Hi doritsep,

 

 

Any further assistance needed?

 

 

rgds,

 

wb
DDoc
Novice
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Any news on this issue? Is 802.3az now supported on X550-T1/2 NIC?

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Doritsep,

 

 

Thank you for the follow up. Let me further check.

 

 

Regards,

 

sharon

 

 

 

idata
Community Manager
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Hi DocTB,

 

 

Apologize for any delay, further checking we would like to inform you NBase-T is supported at this point in Windows and Linux. However, there won't be support for .bz for X550 at this time and there is no plans to add it. Hope this clarified.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Sharon

 

DDoc
Novice
261 Views

Ok, but what about the support status for 802.3az (EEE) ? That was the original question.

Thanks.

idata
Community Manager
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Hi DocTB,

 

 

Thank you for the follow up, as mentioned earlier the X550-T1 require a driver to support EEE which we do not have the timeline for the driver release. I will further check also.

 

 

Regards,

 

Sharon
idata
Community Manager
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Hi DocTB,

 

 

Althought the IEEE 802.3az is listed in product briefs below: https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/x550-ethernet-controller.... But there is a notation (1) next to it on page 8 stating: "Feature to be enabled in a post-launch firmware release". There is no timeline or update for the release, and this is the current status. Hope this clarified.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Sharon

 

idata
Community Manager
261 Views

Hi DocTB,

 

 

Please do let me know if you still have other inquiries.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Sharon

 

Lou2020
Beginner
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I'm here because like others I want to enable 802.3az EEE to reduce full time power&cooling. I wasn't able to get EEE working under linux (lastest version is 5.9.13).

/sbin/ethtool --set-eee enp8s0f0 eee on
Cannot get EEE settings: Operation not supported

Can you check if 802.3az is supported now?

Clearly support for power saving EEE mode was once intended, but the thing is it's been half a decade now. Is it safe to assume that nobody's working on this?

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