Akeo

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  1. Yes, I fully agree with your analysis that the proper solution is to have upstream kernel properly fixed to perform autonegotiation. But in the absence of someone actively working on that, and considering that many NanoPC-T4 users are looking for a solution that'll let them use USB-C in host mode, we might as well provide a workaround through an overlay for the time being. I have therefore submitted a Pull Request for this in https://github.com/armbian/build/pull/2299.
  2. Thanks to @Oleksii for figuring out that the issue is that the USB-C controller is set to OTG mode rather than host mode. This is illustrated by the rk3399-nanopc-t4.dtb which, when decompiled, contains the following: usb@fe800000 { compatible = "rockchip,rk3399-dwc3"; #address-cells = < 0x02 >; #size-cells = < 0x02 >; ranges; clocks = < 0x08 0x81 0x08 0x83 0x08 0xf6 0x08 0xf8 0x08 0xf4 0x08 0xf9 >; clock-names = "ref_clk\0suspend_clk\0bus_clk\0aclk_usb3_rksoc_axi_perf\0aclk_usb3\0grf_clk"; resets = < 0x08 0x125 >; reset-names = "usb3-otg"; status = "okay"; phandle = < 0xd6 >; usb@fe800000 { compatible = "snps,dwc3"; reg = < 0x00 0xfe800000 0x00 0x100000 >; interrupts = < 0x00 0x69 0x04 0x00 >; clocks = < 0x08 0x81 0x08 0xf6 0x08 0x83 >; clock-names = "ref\0bus_early\0suspend"; dr_mode = "otg"; phys = < 0x33 0x34 >; phy-names = "usb2-phy\0usb3-phy"; phy_type = "utmi_wide"; snps,dis_enblslpm_quirk; snps,dis-u2-freeclk-exists-quirk; snps,dis_u2_susphy_quirk; snps,dis-del-phy-power-chg-quirk; snps,dis-tx-ipgap-linecheck-quirk; power-domains = < 0x1a 0x18 >; status = "okay"; phandle = < 0xd7 >; }; }; So, as @Oleksii pointed out, dr_mode is set to "otg" rather than "host", and that is why the USB-C port is treated as a USB peripheral rather than a USB host, and why you can't get any device plugged onto that port to be recognized. The solution is fairly simple: Create a rockchip-usb-c-host.dts file in /boot/dtb/rockchip/overlay with the following content: /dts-v1/; /plugin/; / { compatible = "rockchip,rk3399"; fragment@0 { target = <&usbdrd_dwc3_0>; __overlay__ { dr_mode = "host"; }; }; }; Issue the command: armbian-add-overlay rockchip-usb-c-host.dts Reboot as asked. Devices plugged into the USB-C port should now be detected. You can also verify that the USB-C port is set to host mode by issuing: cat /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/usb@fe800000/usb@fe800000/dr_mode which should now report host rather than otg. I'll see if I can create a Pull Request to generate this .dtbo in https://github.com/armbian/build/blob/master/patch/kernel/rockchip64-dev/general-rockchip-overlays.patch.
  3. Yes, TCP/UDP offloading MUST be disabled for NanoPi, NanoPC. With offloading enabled, Samba becomes completely useless, as you will find that transfers to a Windows PC freeze randomly (usually on large files). Disabling offloading should be the default for RK3399 Armbian builds, as I spent months thinking there existed a bug with Samba/ARM64 before finding this post. For the record, this is what I added to my NanoPC Armbian installation as /etc/network/if-up.d/disable-rk3399-eth-offloading: #!/bin/bash [ "$IFACE" == "eth0" ] || exit 0 ETHTOOL=/sbin/ethtool [ -f $ETHTOOL ] || exit 2 [ -d /sys/devices/platform/fe300000.ethernet/net/$IFACE ] || exit 6 $ETHTOOL -K eth0 rx off tx off exit 0