How to connect to a router via usb

uriah heep stan10x10 at
Thu Dec 3 02:10:24 GMT 2009

On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM, David Fletcher <dave at>wrote:

> On Wednesday 02 December 2009 04:04:41 uriah heep wrote:
> > The router-modem provided by my dsl provider has only 2 inputs Ethernet
> and
> > usb.  I have Kubuntu 9.10 on both my main computer and my Acer 4730
> > notebook*. I would like to be able to use both on the  modem but Kubuntu
> > will not see the modem. Can someone point me to some info on how to do
> this
> > I have googled without success and I am still a newbie in this.
> >
> >  (everything in the 4730 works without problems with Kubuntu if you are
> in
> > the market for an entry level laptop)
> You should use a router/switch to do this. I think what you need to look
> for
> is something called a cable/DSL router.
> Possible alternative:- Are you connecting via ADSL down the 'phone line or
> are
> you using cable like me, which I'm told uses a spare channel on the Virgin
> Media TV cable?
> If it's ADSL, and if you know the user ID and password to log in to the
> service, you should be able to use any ADSL modem/router/switch instead of
> the supplied unit. That way, you'd only have the one unit consuming power
> and
> less boxes.
> Sometimes you can get these units for nothing through the Freecycle
> organisation. I did this for one of my friends, by flashing a Sky TV
> branded
> Netgear ADSL modem/router and setting it up for her service provider.
> Dave
> I was trying to avoid buying another piece of equipment. What I have is the
> one piece modem  (dsl) provided by the phone company it has Ethernet and
> usb.  Windows (xp) will see both connections Kubuntu will not see the usb.
> How can I get Kubuntu to see the modem on usb.  My sister has the same
> service and her ethernet quit so I set up her windows computer to operate
> the modem via usb.  It then occurred to me that I wanted to be do the same
> with kubuntu

I like to retask old or unused equipment but I now live in a very backwards
rural area (S GA) and have to buy off the net there is no used equipment
availability here.

I don't have to have this but I would like to know how to do it.

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