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Old 08-26-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Is Belkin's Network USB Hub supported by any versions of Debian?


I am thinking about buying Belkin's Network USB Hub so that I can plugin usb devices
and share it over network(Debian based computers).

The device's website and spec can be found at:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=26812&...facture=Belkin

Is this device supported by Debian Etch or Lenny? Did anyone used it on any vesions of Debian
where it worked? Is there a Linux driver for it? Thanks.
 
Old 08-28-2010, 06:36 AM   #2
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The F5L009 was released a few years ago (2007 I think?) and quick-scanning forum threads like http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-528161.html it seems the device itself is set for DHCP so you should be able to find it in your router DHCPCd lease table and access the web server for configuration purposes (if any). I'm saying this because one install doc only addresses configuring the device and using attached devices using a mcrsft driver and control panel. As far as I can see (http://www.belkin.com/support/articl...id=8547&scid=0) the vendor has not provided any Linux drivers or toolkit (if really needed). Reading back some reviews show that Belkin seemed to have made a marketing error wedging the word "wireless" in: this is not a wireless router but a basic USB hub (hence the "A wireless router is required to use this product wirelessly" crapola). Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) in terms of USB device power consumption, which is always an issue with devices that drain power from the hub instead of having their own power supply, but otherwise it's just a network hub. I'd say just make certain you are allowed to trade in the device for Something Completely Different if it doesn't work for you.
 
  


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