internet via USB: how to use with FreeBSD?

Rob nospam at
Wed Apr 7 09:38:33 PDT 2004

Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. wrote:
> Rob wrote:
>> My parents have an internet provider, that uses the TV-cable and
>> connects through the USB port. The provider only has M$-Window$
>> software provided, and this works now with a single computer.
>> I want to replace this M$-Window$ computer by a FreeBSD router,
>> to start a home network.
>> I am at a loss what to do with the USB internet connection?
>> I know how to get a router set up with RJ-45 cables and two
>> ethernet cards. But can FreeBSD handle a USB internet connection?
>> Hints how to deal with this, are highly appreciated.
> What is the device?  There are at least four in the
> 5.X GENERIC kernel:

It's a "Eminent 10/100 MBps USB network adaptor", provided by ISP.
This is a small 'mouse-sized' box which has a RJ45 cable and jack at
one end, and the USB-cable at the other. It connects a modem (RJ45
plug) with the USB port of the computer.

I have never used USB before, so I don't know what device this
represents. Any ideas?

I actually wonder, whether I should put a LAN card in the FreeBSD
system and connect that directly with the modem via a RJ45 cable,
and leave the USB adaptor out of the story. But would that work?


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