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Feature #1889

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Add USB Ethernet support

Added by Kurtis Hanna almost 4 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

Status:
Resolved
Priority:
Low
Assignee:
-
Category:
Wi-Fi
Target version:
Start date:
09/01/2018
Due date:
% Done:

100%

Estimated time:
Resolution:
fixed
Device:
Grant:
Type of work:

Description

Currently Replicant devices can connect to the Internet via a USB connection to a computer that's connected to the Internet: https://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/ReplicantUSBNetworking

However, Replicant devices can't connect to the Internet via a a USB Ethernet Adapter: https://redmine.replicant.us/boards/9/topics/8001

It seems as though the reason why Replicant doesn't currently work with USB Ethernet Adapters is due to the fact that upstream LineageOS disables kernel module support for security reasons. https://www.reddit.com/r/LineageOS/comments/5xrapo/ethernet_on_lineage/ https://redmine.replicant.us/boards/9/topics/8001?r=8031#message-8031

It seems like Android 6 does support this type of feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uisnj8Xufp0

I'm not sure if this is helpful, but I figured I'd add this link to LineageOS' source code as well: https://git.replicant.us/LineageOS-mirror/android_frameworks_opt_net_ethernet/log/?h=cm-13.0

Would it be a security issue to add this functionality to all Replicant devices by enabling kernel module support to get ethernet working, as the LineageOS dev suggested on the reddit post?

Replicant 6 currently supports 3 "Wi-Fi only" tablets. Without mobile data or the ability to use the internal Wi-Fi card with software freedom, users must choose between reverse tethering their Replicant device to a computer that is on the internet or buying an external USB Wi-Fi dongle and using RepWifi. It'd be great to offer another option.

Lastly, I couldn't find a Category for this issue that made sense. Please feel free to create an "Other" category in redmine or move this issue to a Category that makes more sense.


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IMG_20191010_164533.jpg (2.7 MB) IMG_20191010_164533.jpg ariel enter, 10/10/2019 10:58 PM
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IMG_20191015_150302.jpg (2.44 MB) IMG_20191015_150302.jpg ariel enter, 10/15/2019 09:12 PM

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