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    Do Broadcom's Ethernet chipsets need special software to operate?

    I want to implement an Ethernet switch using Broadcom's chips. Are singing an NDA and getting the datasheets enough to work with the chips? I have heard that the chips must be programmed by a special OS and software that are not available easily, even by Broadcom!

    Could anyone who has worked with Broadcom's Ethernet switching chips explain them and their setting up procedure? What steps are needed to make them work? Is it hard to work with them?
    Actually, I thought the chips have something such as I2C interface by which we totally configure them. Is the setting up procedure different from my assumption?

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    Re: Do Broadcom's Ethernet chipsets need special software to operate?

    Do you see "unknown device" or any other yellow question mark in your device manager? If not, the device is operating ok, but it might work only on windows 8/8.1 or 10.
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    Re: Do Broadcom's Ethernet chipsets need special software to operate?

    You certainly need to configure them. A good starting place for information is to look for open source drivers for them, for example look at the Linux source code for Broadcom drivers and see how they work. the code will be written in 'C' so it should be easy to understand.

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