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Old 03-17-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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How to install a USB/Ethernet adapter driver with source files in Fedora 15


Hi.
This is the first time I need to do this. New to Linux... :-)

I need to have two Ethernet connections in my laptop working. Its Ethernet RJ-45 jack works fine. I had to get a new Trendnet USB/Ethernet adapter for the second connection. After I connected it for the first time to my laptop having Fedora 15, I get:

[root@Brcm-AP brcmapac]# tail -f /var/log/messages
Mar 17 05:31:57 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.PackageKit'
Mar 17 05:36:58 Brcm-AP kernel: [11429.615508] TCP lp registered
Mar 17 05:42:35 Brcm-AP kernel: [11766.773200] composite sync not supported
Mar 17 05:46:17 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Activating service name='net.reactivated.Fprint' (using servicehelper)
Mar 17 05:46:17 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Successfully activated service 'net.reactivated.Fprint'
Mar 17 05:46:48 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Activating service name='org.freedesktop.PackageKit' (using servicehelper)
Mar 17 05:46:48 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.PackageKit'
Mar 17 06:04:07 Brcm-AP kernel: [13058.324180] composite sync not supported
Mar 17 06:04:49 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Activating service name='net.reactivated.Fprint' (using servicehelper)
Mar 17 06:04:49 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Successfully activated service 'net.reactivated.Fprint'
Mar 17 06:06:07 Brcm-AP kernel: [13177.798536] usb 1-5: USB disconnect, address 4
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP kernel: [13181.511109] usb 1-5: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 5
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP kernel: [13181.630296] usb 1-5: New USB device found, idVendor=0b95, idProduct=1790
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP kernel: [13181.630304] usb 1-5: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP kernel: [13181.630311] usb 1-5: Product: AX88179
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP kernel: [13181.630316] usb 1-5: Manufacturer: ASIX Elec. Corp.
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP kernel: [13181.630320] usb 1-5: SerialNumber: 0000000000103C
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP mtp-probe: checking bus 1, device 5: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb1/1-5"
Mar 17 06:06:10 Brcm-AP mtp-probe: bus: 1, device: 5 was not an MTP device
Mar 17 06:09:07 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Activating service name='org.freedesktop.PackageKit' (using servicehelper)
Mar 17 06:09:07 Brcm-AP dbus: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.PackageKit'

the output does detect the new USB adapter "Product: AX88179, Manufacturer: ASIX Elec Corp.".

The list of interfaces seen:

[root@Brcm-AP brcmapac]# ifconfig
em1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:18:8B:B6:97:4D
inet addr:10.10.138.24 Bcast:10.10.139.255 Mask:255.255.254.0
inet6 addr: fe80::218:8bff:feb6:974d/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:32846 errors:0 dropped:12285 overruns:0 frame:12
TX packets:15532 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:5185 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:35819763 (34.1 MiB) TX bytes:1346684 (1.2 MiB)
Interrupt:18

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:1008 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1008 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:78668 (76.8 KiB) TX bytes:78668 (76.8 KiB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1A:92:9FA:A3
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)


The first connection is em1 and working fine, but I never see a second ethx interface. I figured I'm missing the driver for it. So, I went to the read me file from the cd, where these files are:
- asix.h
- ax88179_178a.c
- Makefile
- readme

The readme instructions for Linux say: you need the kernel sources installed on the machine. Make sure the version of the running kernel must match the installed kernel sources.

1. What are kernel sources and how I can download them for this installation? Please, keep in mind I do not know Linux. This is my first time doing more than just the very basics.
The instructions are called "ASIX AX88179_178A USB 3.0/2.0 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Driver Compilation & Configuration on Linux."

My kernel is 2.6.38.6-26.rc1.fc15.i686.PAE

I have no idea how to start.
Thank you!!!
 
Old 03-17-2015, 03:11 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Rigue View Post
Hi.
I need to have two Ethernet connections in my laptop working. Its Ethernet RJ-45 jack works fine. I had to get a new Trendnet USB/Ethernet adapter for the second connection. After I connected it for the first time to my laptop having Fedora 15, I get:

the output does detect the new USB adapter "Product: AX88179, Manufacturer: ASIX Elec Corp.".

The first connection is em1 and working fine, but I never see a second ethx interface. I figured I'm missing the driver for it. So, I went to the read me file from the cd, where these files are:
- asix.h
- ax88179_178a.c
- Makefile
- readme

The readme instructions for Linux say: you need the kernel sources installed on the machine. Make sure the version of the running kernel must match the installed kernel sources.

1. What are kernel sources and how I can download them for this installation? Please, keep in mind I do not know Linux. This is my first time doing more than just the very basics.
The instructions are called "ASIX AX88179_178A USB 3.0/2.0 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Driver Compilation & Configuration on Linux."
The kernel sources *SHOULD* be on your installation media, but I totally agree with JohnVV here. Fedora 15 is quite old at this point, and totally unsupported. To draw an analogy, would you expect Windows 95 to know about wifi or SATA drives?? Those things weren't invented when W95 came out...support for such things would be spotty, at best. The chipset for your wifi dongle is probably well supported and included with the latest version of Fedora.

Do yourself a favor, since you're just starting out...load the most current version. It will make device support MUCH easier, as well as making patching/updating and installing new software much easier. There aren't even any online repositories (that I'm aware of), that are still active for F15. Do a fresh installation, with your wifi dongle plugged in, and chances are it'll 'just work'.
 
Old 03-17-2015, 04:21 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for your inputs.

What is the latest Fedora for me to load? I'll certainly try it again hoping it will recognize my USB/Ethernet adapter right away and set an interface in ifconfig for it. :-)
Thank you again.
 
Old 03-17-2015, 04:45 PM   #5
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Thank you so much for your inputs.

What is the latest Fedora for me to load? I'll certainly try it again hoping it will recognize my USB/Ethernet adapter right away and set an interface in ifconfig for it. :-)
Thank you again.
Like John said Fedora is on 21 now
 
Old 03-17-2015, 05:17 PM   #6
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Oh, Thank you! I missed that.
 
Old 03-17-2015, 10:10 PM   #7
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wonder if you could run ndiswrapper for a windows driver then add in driver.

Just wondering.
 
Old 03-17-2015, 10:51 PM   #8
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What is the latest Fedora for me to load?
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/prerelease/

 
  


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