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CONFIG_USB_USBNET: Multi-purpose USB Networking Framework

General informations

The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_USB_USBNET has multiple definitions:

Multi-purpose USB Networking Framework found in drivers/net/usb/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_USB_USBNET:

Help text

This driver supports several kinds of network links over USB, with "minidrivers" built around a common network driver core that supports deep queues for efficient transfers. (This gives better performance with small packets and at high speeds).

The USB host runs "usbnet", and the other end of the link might be:

- Another USB host, when using USB "network" or "data transfer" cables. These are often used to network laptops to PCs, like "Laplink" parallel cables or some motherboards. These rely on specialized chips from many suppliers.

- An intelligent USB gadget, perhaps embedding a Linux system. These include PDAs running Linux (iPaq, Yopy, Zaurus, and others), and devices that interoperate using the standard CDC-Ethernet specification (including many cable modems).

- Network adapter hardware (like those for 10/100 Ethernet) which uses this driver framework.

The link will appear with a name like "usb0", when the link is a two-node link, or "eth0" for most CDC-Ethernet devices. Those two-node links are most easily managed with Ethernet Bridging (BRIDGE) instead of routing.

For more information see http://www.linux-usb.org/usbnet/.

To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the module will be called usbnet.

Multi-purpose USB Networking Framework found in drivers/usb/net/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_USB_USBNET:

Help text

This driver supports several kinds of network links over USB, with "minidrivers" built around a common network driver core that supports deep queues for efficient transfers. (This gives better performance with small packets and at high speeds).

The USB host runs "usbnet", and the other end of the link might be:

- Another USB host, when using USB "network" or "data transfer" cables. These are often used to network laptops to PCs, like "Laplink" parallel cables or some motherboards. These rely on specialized chips from many suppliers.

- An intelligent USB gadget, perhaps embedding a Linux system. These include PDAs running Linux (iPaq, Yopy, Zaurus, and others), and devices that interoperate using the standard CDC-Ethernet specification (including many cable modems).

- Network adapter hardware (like those for 10/100 Ethernet) which uses this driver framework.

The link will appear with a name like "usb0", when the link is a two-node link, or "eth0" for most CDC-Ethernet devices. Those two-node links are most easily managed with Ethernet Bridging (BRIDGE) instead of routing.

For more information see http://www.linux-usb.org/usbnet/.

To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the module will be called usbnet.

Hardware

USB

Numeric ID (from LKDDb) and names (from usb.ids) of recognized devices:

LKDDb

Raw data from LKDDb: