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Old 06-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Ethernet to usb adapter that is known to work in linux


Need to add an ethernet port to a system that only exposes usb ports, no access to the pci bus.

Tried an ethernet to usb adaptor. It did not work in linux (ubuntu, mint, peppermint), only in windows. Tried another similar adaptor. It did not work either.

Is there any ethernet-to-usb adaptor that is known to work in linux?
 
Old 06-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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Ulysses,

I have a Cisco Linksys USB to Ethernet adapter. It is model USB300M. It works fine with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Here is a link to it at Amazon...
http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-USB300M-...sb+to+ethernet

HTH
 
Old 06-05-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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There are not that many USB-to-Ethernet chips out there, and I've yet to come across one that didn't work straight out of the box.

Could it be that your particular distribution just didn't include the relevant kernel modules, or used a slightly old kernel? Which distribution are you using?

Do you still have either of these adapters? What does lsusb report when the adapter is plugged in?
 
Old 06-05-2013, 05:20 PM   #4
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In any of your choices, consider ones that have factory support or OEM claims that they work under some distro or kernel level.
An example http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...FeuDQgodg20Acg


In some cases support can be added in native linux. As noted above, things like lsusb help us help you.

In some last ditch devices a way to use windows drivers work using ndiswrapper.

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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This one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
work for FreeBSD (PFSense).

This one in Linux:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Out of the box

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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I have a,
Code:
sw111-EU1 10/100 fast ethernet.

lsusb
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0bda:8150 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8150 Fast Ethernet Adapter
works out of the box.
 
Old 06-07-2013, 07:34 PM   #7
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lsusb output below, with both devices connected.

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0b95:1780 ASIX Electronics Corp. AX88178
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0b95:1780 ASIX Electronics Corp. AX88178

They both work but only for a minute or so. So the driver is probably broken. Tried the manufacturer's downloaded driver too, didn't work either. Would rather not struggle any more trying to fix this junk.

Glad you mentioned pfsense too, the purpose of this device is to make a vpn gateway with a firewall and security features.

Can you just stick one of the pfsense compatible ones onto a pc with a debian derivative and see what happens?

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Old 06-07-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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Looks like there is a driver released in May 2013.
AX88178
v4.7.0
 
Old 06-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #9
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Glad you mentioned pfsense too, the purpose of this device is to make a vpn gateway with a firewall and security features.
Just a thought: If you need multiple NICs, a VLAN trunk to a managed switch could be worth considering. It might even be cheaper.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 12:15 PM   #10
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I have a Sabrent model that I use on an Ubuntu 12.04 installation. I plugged it in and it worked.
 
Old 06-18-2013, 05:45 AM   #11
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Is it the 1000 mbit model by any chance?
 
Old 06-18-2013, 08:21 AM   #12
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No, that is not the model I was talking about, althuogh I can see the merits of that model, namily the flexible connection instead of a stiff object sticking out wanting to break the USB port. This is the one that bought Sabrent
 
Old 08-20-2013, 10:38 AM   #13
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I have an intellinet network solutions ethernet-to-usb adapter that doesn't seem to work with ubuntu 12.04, is there anything I can do to make it work (my laptop does not come with in-built ethernet connection)?
 
Old 08-20-2013, 10:57 AM   #14
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I second this one for 10/100 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NLV4TQ, it manages to get decent packet rates even though its USB.

By the way - just because something might say its gigabit... chances are it just advertises that it is via the link speeds, but in actuality the line rates are probably in the range of a 10/100 USB adapter. If you want to say you have a gigabit adapter then its your choice, but I would go for a solid adapter vs. a no-name.

Last edited by Lantzvillian; 08-22-2013 at 10:37 AM. Reason: added question, fixed link
 
Old 08-21-2013, 02:16 PM   #15
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