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Subject[RFC] dt-bindings: net: phy: Add subnode for LED configuration
The LED behavior of some Ethernet PHYs is configurable. Add an
optional 'leds' subnode with a child node for each LED to be
configured. The binding aims to be compatible with the common
LED binding (see devicetree/bindings/leds/common.txt).

A LED can be configured to be 'on' when a link with a certain speed
is active, or to blink on RX/TX activity. For the configuration to
be effective it needs to be supported by the hardware and the
corresponding PHY driver.

Suggested-by: Andrew Lunn <>
Signed-off-by: Matthias Kaehlcke <>
This RFC is a follow up of the discussion on "[PATCH v2 6/7]
dt-bindings: net: realtek: Add property to configure LED mode"

For now posting as RFC to get a basic agreement on the bindings
before proceding with the implementation in phylib and a specific
Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/phy.txt | 33 +++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 33 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/phy.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/phy.txt
index 9b9e5b1765dd..ad495d3abbbb 100644
--- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/phy.txt
+++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/phy.txt
@@ -46,6 +46,25 @@ Optional Properties:
Mark the corresponding energy efficient ethernet mode as broken and
request the ethernet to stop advertising it.

+- leds: A sub-node which is a container of only LED nodes. Each child
+ node represents a PHY LED.
+ Required properties for LED child nodes:
+ - reg: The ID number of the LED, typically corresponds to a hardware ID.
+ Optional properties for child nodes:
+ - label: The label for this LED. If omitted, the label is taken from the node
+ name (excluding the unit address). It has to uniquely identify a device,
+ i.e. no other LED class device can be assigned the same label.
+ - linux,default-trigger: This parameter, if present, is a string defining
+ the trigger assigned to the LED. Current triggers are:
+ "phy_link_10m_active" - LED will be on when a 10Mb/s link is active
+ "phy_link_100m_active" - LED will be on when a 100Mb/s link is active
+ "phy_link_1g_active" - LED will be on when a 1Gb/s link is active
+ "phy_link_10g_active" - LED will be on when a 10Gb/s link is active
+ "phy_activity" - LED will blink when data is received or transmitted
- phy-is-integrated: If set, indicates that the PHY is integrated into the same
physical package as the Ethernet MAC. If needed, muxers should be configured
to ensure the integrated PHY is used. The absence of this property indicates
@@ -76,4 +95,18 @@ ethernet-phy@0 {
reset-gpios = <&gpio1 4 GPIO_ACTIVE_LOW>;
reset-assert-us = <1000>;
reset-deassert-us = <2000>;
+ leds {
+ led@0 {
+ reg = <0>;
+ label = "ethphy0:left:green";
+ linux,default-trigger = "phy_link_1g_active";
+ };
+ led@1 {
+ reg = <1>;
+ label = "ethphy0:right:amber";
+ linux,default-trigger = "phy_activity";
+ };
+ };
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