Posted on 2005-04-25
Last Modified: 2011-04-14
Has anyone successfully setup a USB NIC on Red Hat 9?  If so, what brand/model did you use?  Did you run into any issues?  We're trying to setup dual NICs on a small form factor computer, it has one internal NIC, but no expansion PIC bays for a regular NIC, thus the reason we we're thinking of a USB NIC.  TIA
Question by:truacc
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    Belkin F5D5050 USB NIC worked for me
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    one problem i faced was it didnt show as ethernet device.

    i need to add "alias eth2 pegasus" in /etc/modules.conf
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    if you use ndiswrapper. the 80% of cards work fine.  i intall USB/Wireless, USB/NICS, et all with ndiswrapper.

    rigth now i use a Linksys W54G  with ndiswrapper

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    Does ndiswrapper work for wired USB NICs as well?  It seems that it's used more for wireless adapters.  I also came across using the "usbnet" driver.  I did a modprobe and it's available, however, how do I associate the usbnet driver to the USB NIC?  Sorry, I'm not too Linux savvy.  I ended up purchasing a Linksys SUB200M and Netgear FA120 USB wired NICs.   Wanted to try both of them, just in case I couldn't get one working.  

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    I am still trying to get the Netgear FA120 to work on my RH9 box.  I am trying to use ndiswrapper now with the FA120.  ndiswrapper 'make' and 'make install' fine, but when I try to do 'modprobe ndiswrapper', here's the error message I am receiving;

    /lib/modules/2.4.20-6/misc/ndiswrapper.o: unresolved symbol usb_init
    /lib/modules/2.4.20-6/misc/ndiswrapper.o: unresolved symbol usb_reset_port
    /lib/modules/2.4.20-6/misc/ndiswrapper.o: unresolved symbol usb_submit_nt_urb
    /lib/modules/2.4.20-6/misc/ndiswrapper.o: unresolved symbol usb_exports
    /lib/modules/2.4.20-6/misc/ndiswrapper.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.220-6/misc/ndiswrapper.o failed
    /lib/modules/2.4.20-6/misc/ndiswrapper.o: insmod ndiswrapper failed

    Also when I am run 'ndiswrapper -l', I am receive this output;
    Installed ndis drivers:
    fa120     driver present

    Seems that the driver isn't binding to the USB network adapter.  Any ideas?  
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    yep you need to compile the kernel with USB support.

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