USB Router Support?

Willis Taylor gods-servant at
Fri Feb 1 07:26:26 UTC 2008

Ed Greshko wrote:
> Willis Taylor wrote:
>> I have a 2Wire model 1000SW DSL Router.  I have one Windows computer 
>> connected via HPNA, This unit connected via CAT5E and my main unit is 
>> connected via the USB port.  As long as I fire the main unit up in 
>> Windows XP all is well but the very moment I choose to crank it up in 
>> Kubuntu 7.10 I loose my router connection.  The mainboard came with 
>> onboard LAN and when looking for the Network all I find is eth0, the 
>> NIC.  Is there anyway I can force the USB/Network connection?  I really 
>> have become disgusted with Windows and want both my test-bed and my main 
>> unit on Ubuntu with the KDE Desktop.  I do have a refurbished model 1700 
>> 2Wre router but it means reworkin all of my network, including my wifes 
>> unit inside the shop building.
>> Just so you understand, I am very sick with Recurring MS and the address 
>> on the old Router is 172.bla, bla, bla and the mod. 1700 with the five 
>> RJ ports is 192. and on.  I get about on a walker so I really am putting 
>> off the replacement router install.
>> Thanks to all for any and all input.
> If I understand you correctly you are trying to use the USB port connected 
> from the 2Wire router to you Linux box as your ethernet/router connection 
> and it doesn't work.  When the same hardware is booted to XP it works.
> If this is the case.....
> Doing some research shows that 2Wire has drivers built for Windows an Mac/OS 
> but has not built similar drivers (modules) for Linux.  It has been 
> suggested that the Windows driver can be used in conjunction with 
> NDISwrapper.  However, I could not find anyone that had an entirely 
> successful experience and a configuration you could follow.
> So, if I have described correctly what you are trying to do your efforts may 
> turn out to be futile.
If I were not sending this to you using Ubuntu 7.10 and the 2Wire 1000SW 
at this very moment I would be inclined to believe you.  Adding to the 
disbelief situation is the fact that when I tested the system from the 
Live CD, everthing tested Go.  The computer I'm using right now is 
connected via Cat5e and a NIC but the Live CD was tested from the 
machine that I am now having the problem with and I did not change any 
wiring from the test until now.

Add, one more item that makes your advice unpalatable.  This unit here 
is on the Ubuntu and is connected directly to the modem and it is 
running like Windows wishes it could.  There are just to many successful 
Ubuntu  and Kubuntu tests that worked perfectly on different 2Wire modems.

I don't mean to sound brash but I have had nothing but sucess after 
sucess on other peoples units as well as my own that were running the 
2Wire modem/router to accept that this problem is wide spread.
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