What are phy drivers?

I noticed recently in dmesg that a driver was registering something called 'phy0', and this seems to have something to do with ethernet.

So, when I compiled the kernel, I enabled "PHY device support and infrastructure" as a module. This was in the "Network device support" section.

This has resulted in some more modules, but they don't have any modalias entries so I don't know what would cause them to load, if anything.

I have googled around, found plenty of references to phy devices but nothing that tells me what they are. Anyone got a clue or two about this?

Posted on 25 Jul 2008, 22:05


Posted on 25 Jul 2008, 22:50 by dogone
Phy Devices
Does this help?


Posted on 25 Jul 2008, 22:58 by dogone
Phy Devices
...and this from Wikipedia

PHY (often pronounced /ˈfaɪ/ "fye") is a common abbreviation for the physical layer of the OSI model.

A PHY connects a link layer device (often called a MAC) to a physical medium such as an optical fibre or copper cable. A PHY typically includes a PCS (Physical Coding Sublayer) and a PMD (Physical Medium Dependent) layer. The PCS encodes and decodes the data that is transmitted and received. The purpose of the encoding is to make it easier for the receiver to recover the signal.

Posted on 25 Jul 2008, 24:56 by Flapdoodle
Does this help?


Posted on 26 Jul 2008, 8:03 by Inuyasha
devx problems
I'm having some serious problems with the devx_400.sfs package. I'm not sure what they are, but you might be interested. I thought about waiting, but I figured I would tell you right away, since the devx file is an important part of the OS.


Posted on 26 Jul 2008, 8:27 by Inuyasha
i'm wrong
Nevermind, I'm thinking it was a corrupt devx from ibiblio. I tried a different mirror. Nothing has stalled so far... Sorry about the post.