USB Router Support?

Willis Taylor gods-servant at
Fri Feb 1 06:53:31 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:
> 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:
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> 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:
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> 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.
> Gary/NoOp
Okay, but I hook them up exactly the same when I boot the main unit in 
Windows and it supports one on the USB, the main, one on the Cat5e, this 
unit, as well as one on the HPNA and still has the ability to accept the 
wireless if I boot it, all without any failure unless the main is booted 
in Kubuntu.

Someone was not sure about HPNA.  That is a Home Phoneline Network 
Adapter that plugs into the USB port on my wifes unit and the other end 
plugs into the Phonelie and puts her on the network.
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