Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: May 03 2008,18:14
If the CDCEther was already in dmesg before you ran modprobe, it's already loaded and there's no reason to run modprobe again. And if that's indeed the case that the module loaded without your intervention, it means the device will probably work correctly once it communicates via USB.
When I said to reset, I meant the bridge -- the cable modem or whatever you want to call it. It needs to reset. It's NOT a router. It has a specific sequence for using one of its two ports (cat5, usb). It will use one or the other and hold that state until it's been reset/repowered.
Unplug the other computer from it so there's *NOTHING* in the bridge's ethernet port. If there's a cable in it, it's going to try to connect to a computer using it -- that's its first choice. Then power off the bridge/cable modem by disconnecting its power supply or unplugging it from the outlet for a few seconds and then let it come back up. Then you can hook up the USB connection between it and your computer -- whether your computer is powered or not. If you connect it to your computer and then boot, the odds are -- if the ISP doesn't require anything else -- it will connect to the net without any further interaction. At least that's been my experience with DSL and direct connection to cable modems via USB.
If the ISP doesn't require any hands-on work to get an IP, you should be able to issue the "pump -i eth0" command and get an IP. If your friend normally needs to include passwords, etc., you'll need to get that all set up and then do the pump command above.
Edited... And don't forget to do the same reset when it's time to reconnect your friend's computer.
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