ampstat - Qualcomm Atheros AR7x00 Link Statistics

NAME  SYNOPSIS  DESCRIPTION  COMMENTS  OPTIONS  ARGUMENTS  LINKID  DEVICES  REFERENCES  DISCLAIMER  EXAMPLES  SEE ALSO  CREDITS 

NAME

ampstat - Qualcomm Atheros AR7x00 Link Statistics

SYNOPSIS

ampstat [options] [device] [device] [...]

DESCRIPTION

The Atheros Device Statistics Utility polls a device and prints network and link statistics in various formats suitable for use by other programs. This is a work in progress so user feedback is encouraged. Link statistics are only valid between one powerline device and another.

This program is part of the Qualcomm Atheros Powerline Toolkit. See the plc man page for an overview and installation instructions.

COMMENTS

This program is identical to legacy program int6kstat but uses version 1 of the Qualcomm Atheros VS_NW_INFO Atheros vendor-specific message. Older firmware versions may not recognize this message version.

OPTIONS

-C

Clear device link statistics using VS_LNK_STATS. Statistics are read and cleared then displayed. The statistics that are read and displayed depend on options -d, -p and -s but all link statistics are cleared.

-d direction

Return statistics for the specified direction using VS_LNK_STATS. Direction can be 0=tx, 1=rx, 2=both or "rx", "tx" or "both".

-e

Redirects stderr messages to stdout. By convention status and error messages are printed on stderr while primary program output is printed on stdout. This option prints all output on stdout in cases where this is desired.

-i

Select the host Ethernet interface. All requests are sent via this host interface and only reponses received via this host interface are recognized. The default interface is eth1 because most people use eth0 as their principle network connection; however, if environment string "PLC" is defined then it takes precedence over the default interface. This option then takes precedence over either default.

-l count

Define the number of times that the command will be repeated for each device specified. Normally, you will repeat operations on one device only.

-m

Displays network membership information, as seen by one device, using VS_NW_INFO. Use option -t for complete network topology seen by the local host.

-p peernode

Ethernet hardware address of the peer node for VS_LNK_STATS. This option is required for all Link ID values except 0xFC. The default is 00:00:00:00:00:00.

-q

Enter quiet mode. Progress messages are suppressed.

-s linkid

The Link ID for VS_LNK_STATS. Link ID values range from 0 through 255 but not all values are accepted by the device firmware. Values may be expressed in decimal, binary prefixed with "0b" or hexadecimal prefixed by "0x". Many valid values can be expressed by name. Valid values are listed and explained under LINKID. The default Link ID is 0xFC.

-t

Display network topology using VS_SW_VER and VS_NW_INFO messages. This option is similar to option -m but provides complete network topology plus device hardware and firmware version. Topology is always relative to the local host, or local hosts if present. Powerline devices that appear on the command line are not used for this operation. Older QCA powerline devices may fail to respond to this this option. In that event, use program int6kstat or plcstat.

-v

Enter verbose mode. All Etherenet frames sent or received by the program are displayed on stdout.

-w seconds

Defines the number of seconds to wait before repeating command line options. This option has no effect unless option -l is also specified with a non-zero value.

-?, --help

Print program help summary on stdout. This option takes precedence over other options on the command line.

-!, --version

Print program version information on stdout. This option takes precedence over other options on the command line. Use this option when sending screen dumps to Atheros Technical Support so that they know exactly which version of the Linux Toolkit you are using.

ARGUMENTS

device

The MAC address of some powerline device. More than one address may be specified. If more than one address is specified then operations are performed on each device in turn. The default address is local. See DEVICES for information about symbolic device addresses.

LINKID

0x00,CSMA-CAP0

Display CSMA statistics for CAP0 traffic using a single peer node. The peer node MAC address must be specified using option -p.

0x01,CSMA-CAP1

Display CSMA statistics for CAP1 traffic using a single peer node. The peer node MAC address must be specified using option -p.

0x02,CSMA-CAP2

Display CSMA statistics for CAP2 traffic using a single peer node. The peer node MAC address must be specified using option -p.

0x03,CSMA-CAP3

Display CSMA statistics for CAP3 traffic using a single peer node. The peer node MAC address must be specified using option -p.

0xF8,CSMA-PEER

Display CSMA statistics for all traffic using a single peer node. The peer node MAC address must be specified using option -p.

0xFC,CSMA-ALL

Display CSMA statistics for all traffic with all peer nodes. A peer node MAC address is not needed and will be ignored if provided. This value is the default for option -s.

DEVICES

Powerline devices use Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) addresses. A MAC address is a 48-bit value entered as 12 hexadecimal digits in upper, lower or mixed character case. Octets may be separated with colons for clarity. For example, "00b052000001", "00:b0:52:00:00:01" and "00b052:000001" are valid and equivalent.

The following MAC addresses are special and may be entered by name instead of number.

all

Same as "broadcast".

broadcast

A synonym for the Ethernet broadcast address, FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF. All devices, whether local, remote or foreign recognize messages sent to this address. A remote device is any device at the far end of a powerline connection. A foreign device is any device not manufactured by Atheros.

local

A synonym for the Qualcomm Atheros vendor specific Local Management Address (LMA), 00:B0:52:00:00:01. All local Atheros devices recognize this address but remote and foreign devices do not. A remote device is any device at the far end of a powerline connection. A foreign device is any device not manufactured by Atheros.

REFERENCES

See the Qualcomm Atheros HomePlug AV Firmware Technical Reference Manual for more information.

DISCLAIMER

Atheros HomePlug AV Vendor Specific Management Message Entry structure and content is proprietary to Qualcomm Atheros, Ocala FL USA. Consequently, public information may not be available. Qualcomm Atheros reserves the right to modify message structure and content in future firmware releases without any obligation to notify or compensate users of this program.

EXAMPLES

None.

SEE ALSO

plc(1), amplist(1), amprate(1), ampstat(1), amptone(1), amptool(1)

CREDITS

Charles Maier


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