USB Router Support?

NoOp glgxg at
Sat Feb 2 23:51:05 UTC 2008

On 02/02/2008 02:41 PM, Karl Auer wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-02-02 at 12:48 -0800, NoOp wrote:
>> > Everything you asked is yes.  i am unable to remove the ethernet card 
>> > because it is onboard the mainboard and the Cat5e is not connected to 
>> > the pouter.  The router has has only the one RJ port and while it 
>> > supports over two hundred computers they must all be wireless or HPNA 
>> > after this one I'm typing on is plugged in with the Cat5e.  I was not 
>> > aware there was a Kubuntu list, I'll need to find that one.
> Coming to this a little late and missed the original posting, so this
> may be way off base but:
> Most little routers with USB and ethernet interfaces support only ONE of
> those at a time. That is, you can connect through them via USB *or* via
> ethernet, but not both at the same time. The USB port is really there
> for what is a typical home configuration, where only one machine needs
> access through the router. Very often, one or the other port will
> automatically take precedence, so that the ordinary user doesn't have to
> configure anything.
> To support more than one machine on such a router, you need an ethernet
> switch. You connect one port on the switch to the ethernet port on the
> router, then plug your other devices into the other ports on the switch.
> Means all connected devices must support ethernet.
> Regards, K.

Correct & thanks for pointing that out - I'd missed/overlookd that he
was trying to use both the ethernet and the usb.

Willis, have a look at the following:


My son has a 2wire & in order to get his ethernet connected printer
working I simply installed an old/cheap Linksys 5 port workgroup hub
that I picked up for $5 at the local recycled computer parts store. You
can do the same with a newer ethernet switch as Karl mentioned. However,
given that you already also have a 1700 that has 5 ethernet ports, I'd
recommend using that instead. I'm not familiar with the HPNA bits, so
unfortunately you are on your own there.

Info for the 1700 that you have is here:

Also, drivers & userguides are here:
It's possible that in order to connect your kbuntu to the 2wire 1000 via
the usb that you might have to install the windows driver via
ndiswrapper, though I don't recall having to do that with my son's 2wire
when I was messing about with the usb.

I'm not located in Texas... but if you need some off-list assistance
with this feel free to drop me a line directly. My brother had MS and
passed away from MS two years ago, so I'm well aware of the disability
issues. Perhaps if we can get you on the right wiring solution you can
get some folks from your local MS chapter to help with the rewiring if
it becomes necessary.


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