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8/11/2004

USB Host2Host cable

Filed under: — jimmy @ 3:14 pm

I’ve tested a USB Host-To-Host cable today on my notebook. It worked out of the box since my kernel supported its driver(There’s a section called “USB Host-to-Host Cables” in the USB-support menu. You also have to select “Multi-purpose USB Networking Framework”, which compiles the usbnet driver).
After plugging in the cable I took a look at the logs:

usb 2-1: new full speed USB device using address 2
usb0: register usbnet at usb-0000:00:1f.4-1, Prolific PL-2301/PL-2302
usbcore: registered new driver usbnet

ifconfig now shows usb0 as a network device:

usb0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 92:42:FA:E2:8C:60  
               BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
               RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
               TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
               collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
               RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

But I couldn’t find software for Linux that enables drag&drop of files between two hosts like PC-Linq does under windows :-(