[Bridge] Linux bridge works partly

Robbert Wethmar robbert at wethmar.nl
Mon Mar 9 15:22:17 PDT 2009


  i have a problem with linux bridging. Out of 4 bridges, al bridging a tap 
interface (for a virtual machine) with a pysical interface, 2 work fine, and 
2 don't. 

the ones that don't work:
- are sitecom LN-013 usb nic interfaces (1 of the working ones is another type 
of usb interface)
- can ping from tap to the bridge ip, and from bridge ip to tap
- can ping from (nic connected to) eth to the bridge ip, and from the bridge 
ip to nic connected to eth
- CANNOT ping from (nic connected to) eth to tap or vice versa.
- CAN get a ip over DHCP for a nic connected to eth, from the DHCP server on 
the tap (??)

2 other bridges on same machine, same config (except for the physical 
interface) work fine.

i've read some reports some drivers are not up to bridging. I tried swapping 
the non-working 'eth2' with the working 'eth3', which confirmed the problem 
is in the LS-013 USB interface.

- can anyone confirm the problem is in the LN-013 USB interfaces?
- is there any other way I can check wether the problem really is in the 

thanks for any help.

Robbert Wethmar
eml robbert at wethmar.nl

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