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ALE(4) Device Drivers Manual ALE(4)

aleAtheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet device

ale* at pci?
atphy* at mii?

The ale driver provides support for Ethernet interfaces based on the Atheros AR8121 Gigabit Ethernet chipset and the AR8113/AR8114 Fast Ethernet chipsets, also known as the Attansic L1E.

The ale driver supports IPv4 receive IP/TCP/UDP checksum offload and VLAN tag insertion and stripping.

The following media types are supported:

Enable autoselection of the media type and options.
Set 10Mbps operation.
Set 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet) operation.
Set 1000Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet) operation.

For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8). To view a list of media types and options supported by the card, try ifconfig <device> media. For example, ifconfig ale0 media.

arp(4), atphy(4), ifmedia(4), intro(4), netintro(4), pci(4), hostname.if(5), ifconfig(8)

The ale device driver first appeared in OpenBSD 4.5.

The ale driver was written by Pyun YongHyeon for FreeBSD and ported to OpenBSD by Kevin Lo <>.

July 16, 2013 OpenBSD-6.4