I see many people reporting success with this device under Linux but unfortunately this is not the case for me on Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04 on a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. I compile the driver (v1.4.0) without any problems (make, make install), I load it using modprobe and I see it as eth2. I can even see some RX/TX traffic but it cannot acquire an IP address so it is unusable.
[ 1338.583575] ASIX USB Ethernet Adapter:v1.4.0 10:01:27 Jun 26 2013
[ 1338.583575] http://www.asix.com.tw
[ 1338.583599] ax88179_178a 4-2:1.0 (unregistered net_device): mtu 1500
[ 1338.584080] ax88179_178a 4-2:1.0 eth0: register 'ax88179_178a' at usb-0000:00:14.0-2, ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 Gigibit Ethernet, 00:24:9b:06:6a:85
[ 1338.585110] usbcore: registered new interface driver ax88179_178a
[ 1338.932157] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth2: link is not ready
[ 1338.933382] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth2: link is not ready
[ 1341.887977] ax88179_178a 4-2:1.0 eth2: ax88179_178a - Link status is: 1
[ 1341.889595] ax88179_178a 4-2:1.0 eth2: Write medium type: 0x013f
[ 1341.890699] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth2: link becomes ready
[ 1341.891748] ax88179_178a 4-2:1.0 eth2: link up, 1000Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0xC1E1
A different USB 2.0 Gigabit ethernet adapter and the WiFi are both working fine, so networking shouldn't be a problem on my laptop.
eth2 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:24:9b:06:6a:85
inet6 addr: fe80::224:9bff:fe06:6a85/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:76623 errors:1 dropped:22802 overruns:0 frame:1
TX packets:302 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:2601276 (2.6 MB) TX bytes:109741 (109.7 KB)
Is there something I miss for this specific chipset?
Any suggestion on how to debug this further?