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Thread: Using USB-USB bridge cable on Ubuntu

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Using USB-USB bridge cable on Ubuntu

    Hello. I have this old USB bridge cable from that was originally designed to work with Windows. It says on the cable body: BAFO NET-LinQ USB to USB Network Bridge Cable and dmesg on my Kubuntu Hardy system shows this upon connecting this device to two systems running Ubuntu:

    [ 1300.500080] usb 1-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 5
    [ 1300.671060] usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    [ 1300.675363] usb0: register 'plusb' at usb-0000:00:1d.0-2, Prolific PL-2301/PL-2302, 82:8c:c2:6d:f1:b9

    On Windows it was supposed to be plugged into two systems' USB ports and the appropriate proprietary program (which came with the cable on a floppy) was loaded on both machines. You could view the files and media of either system from either. You drag-drop to transfer files, during which transfer one of the two systems is locked to be a server and the other a client. The lock is released upon completion.

    My question: Is there a way to use this old cable on Ubuntu?

    Thanks in advance.
    read the howto pages before posting a question.also look at to see it is not a bug before getting frustrated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Mumbai, India
    Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

    Re: Using USB-USB bridge cable on Ubuntu

    Ok, heres what I did, since I also have one of those Bafo Direct Linq cables. Looks very similar to the white one shown here.

    The cable dint work for me on Hardy, but its detected and configured on Intrepid as usb0.

    To connect and transfer data, here is what I did.

    Setting up both computers on a common "LAN"

    On my primary machine with Intrepid, I configured USB0 using
    ifconfig usb0

    On the other machine also with Intrepid, I configured usb0 using
    ifconfig usb0

    Heres the output of my USB0 from the primary machine

    usb0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 66:d9:21:a8:a8:02
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
    inet6 addr: fe80::64d9:21ff:fea8:a802/64 Scope:Link
    RX packets:921888 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:466825 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:1376253833 (1.3 GB) TX bytes:35119141 (35.1 MB)
    Intrepid also allows the configuration of usb0 through its spanking new nm-applet which is the default tool to configure a network.

    Select edit connections > Auto usb0 and set a manual IP on both computers, using the same IP as default gateway as well.

    Transferring files
    1. Ensure that the Firewall is switched off and you can ping each other
    2. If you can ping, setup an ftp server wu-ftp daemon on any one or both the machines.
    3. Install Filezilla FTP client on both computers
    4. Thats it !! (Really)
    5. start wu-ftp daemon using "sudo wu-ftp" on one machine
    6. use filezilla on the other machine to quickconnect. Use the User ID and password of the host machine you are connecting to.
    7. browse & transfer files

    The transfer speed sucks !!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Re: Using USB-USB bridge cable on Ubuntu

    thanks for the reply!
    read the howto pages before posting a question.also look at to see it is not a bug before getting frustrated.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2005

    Re: Using USB-USB bridge cable on Ubuntu

    Is there a USB-to-USB bridge which turn one of the PCs into a storage device for the second PC ?

    I thought to connect my EeePC to the USB on my DVR and view photos right off the disk without moving the files to the flash disk first.


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