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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by gianv, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. gianv

    gianv Lurker
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    Dear users,

    I have a x86 all-in-one with network card only wifi card.

    I added a USB-to-LAN card, exactly the AX88179 ethernet gigabit card.

    I downloaded from this page the driver I need to use it, but I don't know how to install it.

    How can I do?


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  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    You'll need an ethernet port on the device
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  3. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I'm not a dev of course and have never done this, but I think you'd need to build a custom kernel for your Android OS incorporating that driver. The other drivers for that USB-to-LAN card are for MacOS and Windows.

    From the readme in the their Linux kernel driver file:

    Prepare to build the driver, you need the Linux kernel sources installed on the
    build machine, and make sure that the version of the running kernel must match
    the installed kernel sources. If you don't have the kernel sources, you can get
    it from www.kernel.org or contact to your Linux distributor. If you don't know
    how to do, please refer to KERNEL-HOWTO.

    Note: Please make sure the kernel is built with one of the "Support for
    Host-side, EHCI, OHCI, or UHCI" option support.

    Android does use a Linux kernel.
    #3 mikedt, Jan 9, 2021
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2021
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  4. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    What operating system is it using? Assuming it has Android...

    Here is an article listing USB to Ethernet adapters Android supports if you can't get yours to work:
    ...that says the AX88179 devices aren't compatible with Android.

    The FAQ from this page says end users can't install the AX88179 driver on an Android device so you might need a different adapter:
    Many USB to Ethernet adapters are supported under Android without needing extra drivers. You may have to turn mobile data off or airplane mode on. Sometimes there is a setting in the devices network settings to enable it.
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  5. gianv

    gianv Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all your replies.

    Now I'll try to choose another ethernet adapter to work.

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