Does the Intel provided driver for the SIL 3132 provide port multiplier support? This would enable connection of 4-5 external drives via an e-sata port making the WHS infinitely more powerful (from a data storage standpoint). Thanks
Thanks for the response. The Silicon Image site for the 3132 states:
"SATALink PCI Express to 2-Port Serial ATA II Host Controller
SiI3132 is a single-chip, one-lane PCI Express to 2-port Serial ATA (SATA) II host controller that brings server-class features to the desktop. SiI3132 also supports all Serial ATA II features, including 3.0 Gbps SATA II transfer speeds, Native Command Queuing, port multipliers with FIS-based switching, programmable output signal swing strengths for longer external cables or extended backplanes, hot plugging, enclosure management and ATAPI device support."
They even have a driver: "SiI 3132 32-bit Windows BASE Driver 10/16/2007 22.214.171.124"
Note that the driver Intel makes available is 126.96.36.199 (implying that something is different). Since no one has mentioned or discussed this and the feature would be great I was wondering if the Intel implementation of the si3132 supported control over port multipliers.
I posted a response to your response but may not have done it correctly. At any rate you can see the thread I hope. In a few days I will receive some hardware to aid in setting up the SS4200-EHW as a WHS server. After that I can test the si3132 capabilities myself. I'll let the "community" know through this thread.
I still have not received the hardware necessary for testing the SS4200-EHW for port multiplier support but not to waste time I confirmed that the SS4200-E configuration does not at this time support that feature of the si3132. It only recognizes one of my 4-bay port multiplier enclosures as a single drive with the capacity of one of the installed hard drives. In conducting this testing a number of other interesting tests for the SS4200-E came to mind. I want to keep this thread open for the SS4200-EHW multiplier testing (when I can do it) but I also want to do some simple testing on the SS4200-E. How about it Dan_O and others should I also open a thread for the SS4200-E?
It works, I have Lian Li EX 50 External 5-Bay RAID Enclosure (configured to Port multiplier mode)
Driver version 188.8.131.52
I presume that all enclouser devices with SiI3726 chip will work