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USB to Ethernet

by TomT » January 30th, 2015, 10:47 am

I bought one of these :
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291361187602

Works well. Plug in and detected straight away by windows.
Ideal when I need to test kit off my wireless network.
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by DJ_Enigma » January 30th, 2015, 1:04 pm

Nice price! Only 10/100 but doubt that would matter much :)

have three of these in the loft:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-USB-Giga ... B002N56EWI

Never found a use for them till now but may get one down to try it, still looking to get an OTG hub that charges though!
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by TomT » January 30th, 2015, 1:25 pm

OTG charging Hub is my next item to buy.
I've found a few that 'should' work, its just the long delivery times :(
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by Aergan » January 30th, 2015, 3:06 pm

I picked up two Kensington port replicators from eBay for around £6 each. They operate a 3amp power adapter which is very useful for connecting other USB devices on my Linx 10.
One model (K33243 - silver): has 3x USB, 5.1 sound, 10/100 Ethernet, serial I/O, parallel to USB.
The other (K33419 - black) has: 5x USB, line in, line out, 10/100 Ethernet.

Ethernet is ASIX on both which has native driver support under Windows 8.1+.
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by trogggy » February 17th, 2015, 10:43 am

Just wondering how they work (the Kensingtons). Do you need to install drivers? Or do they install automatically?
The usb ports / ethernet / 5.1 (or stereo?) sound are all working?

I suppose what I'm really asking is how much fiddling around you had to do to get these to work, what works and what (if anything) doesn't.
Thanks.
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by westonpf » February 17th, 2015, 1:29 pm

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad replicator, the USB ports and Ethernet worked out the box. The sound needed drivers; it also has to DVI ports, they show as being a second screen but I've not got around to trying them out yet.

I also have a cheap USB-Ethernet adapter and that worked out the box without any drivers so it will depend on the chipset.
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by trogggy » February 17th, 2015, 1:36 pm

Thanks for that. Could you possibly link to the replicator you're using?
It would be good to have a list of hardware that works with the linx here somewhere.
I've a wii usb-ethernet adapter in the loft that I should test - it's plug and play in windows 7 so I expect it to work.
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by Aergan » February 17th, 2015, 6:02 pm

trogggy wrote:Just wondering how they work (the Kensingtons). Do you need to install drivers? Or do they install automatically?
The usb ports / ethernet / 5.1 (or stereo?) sound are all working?

I suppose what I'm really asking is how much fiddling around you had to do to get these to work, what works and what (if anything) doesn't.
Thanks.


For both the models listed; ethernet & usb worked out of the box (hence native support listed in my post). Ethernet works fine (9MB/sec max throughput) but also updates to a newer driver via Windows Update (automatically).

For the K33243: IEEE 1284 (Parallel port) to USB & COM worked out of the box, sound required a driver only obtained via Windows Update (automatically).
For the K33419: Sound was picked up natively but updated to a newer driver via Windows Update (automatically).

In other words, if you have an active internet connection it will all work. Hub powers at 500ma per port (non-shared) which is about enough for a 2.5" SATA to USB caddy to operate at for a 5400RPM drive.
I currently have a Samsung 640GB running fine over it (listed draw is 451ma). I also have a 500GB WD Blue which has a draw of 550ma and that seems fine also.
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by trogggy » February 17th, 2015, 6:19 pm

Brilliant, thanks.
I'm looking at a K33240, which looks identical to the K33243 - hopefully it'll be just as straightforward.
I was going to stick a hub with usb sound card, keyboard dongle and ethernet adapter together - this looks a much tidier solution.
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Re: USB to Ethernet

by Aergan » February 17th, 2015, 6:51 pm

trogggy wrote:Brilliant, thanks.
I'm looking at a K33240, which looks identical to the K33243 - hopefully it'll be just as straightforward.
I was going to stick a hub with usb sound card, keyboard dongle and ethernet adapter together - this looks a much tidier solution.


I'm pretty sure the K33240 is a standalone and the K33243 (same product as K33240) is shipped as a bundle with the encompassing (rubbish) laptop folder binder they call a stand.

On the Linx 10, it can even power up to one USB port (less than <350ma device attached) & ethernet without the PSU. Not ideal but I've found it very useful to test network points without having to bother lugging my ancient HP laptop around.
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