USB Gadget Ethernet

From Technologic Systems Manuals

In order to use USB Device as USB Ethernet you will first need a new kernel compiled from source. The instructions to compile the kernel can be found here.

Install the kernel Now that you have a kernel you can install it as you would our stock. See the #Backup / Restore section for examples on writing this to media.

Once you have added the newly compiled kernel to your image you will now have Ethernet Gadgets driver built in which will allow you to use USB Device as USB Ethernet. The board must be setup prior to connection to a host PC.

Now assign an IP address to the new usb0 interface

ifconfig usb0 192.168.42.20

The IP address in the above example may be any valid IP address, but should typically not be on the same subnet as the Ethernet network on the the board (if connected), or the host computer to which the SBC will be connected.

Connecting Linux Host to the board via IP over USB

Most modern Linux distributions already have all of the required modules (such as usbnet.ko) and utilities installed, so the setup steps are minimal. Simply plug in the board after it has been prepared for IP over USB (see above) and observe that a new interface has been added named usb0 or similar (use dmesg | tail to verify). You can now assign an IP address to that interface with ifconfig (e.g. ifconfig usb0 192.168.42.21) and begin using the TCP/IP connection. To test your connection, use ping 192.168.42.20. You should also be able to login to the SBC using ssh ie. ssh root@192.168.42.40.

Connecting Windows XP Host to the board via IP over USB

An additional driver interface configuration file called linux.inf is required for IP over USB connection to a Windows host. First, download this file onto the Windows PC and remember where you placed it. The linux.inf file can be downloaded here. Next, connect the board and Windows PC with the A to B USB cable (ISB Cable). You should see the "Found New Hardware Wizard". Answer the prompts as follows:

  • Select Include this location in the search and choose the location of the driver you downloaded. Finish running the wizard.
  • Go to the Control Panel and open "Network Connections". Right-click the new connection (labeled "Linux USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget") and click "Rename". Rename it to something useful such as "USB Network".
  • Right-click on the newly labeled icon, and select properties.
  • Under the properties General tab, select the item labeled Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  • Select Use the following IP Address, and enter 192.168.42.21.
  • Click OK; Click OK
  • You may now access the board via the TCP/IP connection. Use ping in the Command Prompt window to verify connectivity (e.g. ping 192.168.42.20).
Note: The IP address above may be any valid IP address, but must be in the same subnet as the IP address assigned to the board IP over USB connection above. The subnet used should also be different from any other interfaces on the SBC or PC, otherwise strange results may occur.