How to connect to a router via usb

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Thu Dec 3 05:15:53 GMT 2009

On Wed, 2009-12-02 at 21:10 -0500, uriah heep wrote:
> 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 ADSL
>         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. 

Heck just head down to Wally Mart and get an inexpensive 4 port ethernet
hub. Just plug it in and off you go. I doubt it would be more than $20.
I've got a plain jane hub plugged into my satellite modem and didn't
have to configure nuttin' ... I have three computers ethernet'ed to it.

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