RJ45 adaptor to connect to cat 5 copper lan drop

Discussion in 'Acer Iconia Tab A500 Accessories' started by wmunn, May 4, 2011.

  1. wmunn

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    Has anyone found a solution for the a500 that will allow the tablet to be connected to a copper cat5 lan drop?

    This would be ideal at work when I need to test lan drops / activate drops etc....
     
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    would that actually make the cat5 cable work, it looks like it just uses the cable as an extension cord for the other USB end...

    I Don't think it would let a cat5 lan work...
    I don't know though =P
     
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    I believe the key question here would be drivers for the android OS to support ethernet over the usb port. I know android is based on linux, however adding these needed drivers would likely require a recompile of the kernel. Much more in depth than most of us newbies would even consider attempting.
     
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    That is a quote from one of the reviews, dunno if it would be the same case for this tablet...

    but it is only $1.80, so what could it really hurt =P
     
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    by all means, give it a go and report back. I would be very happy to see it work.

    My gut instinct is that it will not work without some sort of software update being done.
     
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    If the USB to Ethernet dongle requires a driver to be installed, you are probably out of luck. I guess since Android runs ontop of a Linux OS, there could be a shim driver (maybe written by some crafty xda developer) that might enable it to work. There are a lot of solutions out there that allow a Cat5 ethernet user to get access to a wireless network, but have not seen anything that goes the other direction (Googled around a bit looking for something that would solve your need, but could not find anything that fit.)

    You might try posting your question to the Android XDA forum.... Here is a link: Android Devices @ xda-developers That is probably your best chance of finding someone that would know.

    Good luck
     

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