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Mixed Ethernet and USB networks

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    [​IMG]Parts of these pages on USB Networking are a cooperation with
    Parallel Technologies, the creator/ inventor/ developer
    of the DirectParallel® technology licensed to Microsoft
    for the Direct Cable Connection (DCC) feature in
    Windows 95/98/2000/ME ( supplier of the fast
    DirectParallel® cable and of USB connection cables).[​IMG]You can connect your USB network

    of Windows98 or ME , Windows 2000
    and Windows XP systems to an
    Ethenet network.

    The system connection these 2
    different network, having both
    an Ethernet adapter and a USB
    network adapter, is acting as a
    Router between the network segments.
    (Except for Windows XP, where it is
    better to use the Windows XP Network
    Bridge )

    To be able to have on ALL systems
    all other systems displayed in the
    "Network Neighborhood"
    or "My Network Places",
    you need to install a
    "Bridge Protocol" (Windows9x/2000)
    or define on the router both the
    Ethernet and USB Network Adapter
    as "Network Bridge" (Windows XP only)Note: This "USB-USB Bridge Protocol" must only be installed on the computer in the
    USB Network
    that is connected to the USB Hub or the Ethernet LAN.
    After you install this
    Bridge Driver on Computer A, there will be one more protocol:
    USB-USB Networking Bridge in the Network Configuration. This is a routing protocol;
    you can use it to bridge between an USB LAN and an Ethernet LAN.

    [​IMG]When using Windows XP, it is much better to
    use the Windows XP Network Bridge.[​IMG]
    [​IMG]The installation of the USB
    loaded already the
    files for the "Bridge Protocol"
    onto your system.

    You just need to add it by
    - "Add"
    - Protocol
    - Manufacturer: Prolific
    - USB-USN Network Bridge[​IMG]With a Dialup-adapter, an Ethernet
    network adapeter and the USB
    network adapter, NetBEUI and
    TCP/IP protocol, the combinations
    of adapters with protocols
    (= "Bindings") is now resulting to a
    long list, showing also the
    "USB-USB Network Bridge"[​IMG]

    On the Computer with both the Ethernet and USB network adapter ( system A in my example),
    do the following steps:
    -Right click on My Network Places
    [​IMG]- Right click on the
    Local Area Connection
    for the USB Network
    (if you hold the mouse for
    a second over a connection,
    it will display the adapter )
    - select Properties[​IMG]-in the General tab click Install.

    - Select Protocol.
    - Select Prolific.
    - Select USB-USB Network Bridge.
    Click OK.

    If this protocol is NOT in the list of
    [​IMG]click on the "Have Disk" button and
    insert your Windows 2000 Network
    Bridge Diskette in your floppy drive.

    Follow the instructions and the file
    Pro2000.SYS (Bridge Protocol Driver)
    and Pro2000.INF (Bridge Protocol
    Installation file) will be installed into
    your network configuration.

    You will have to reboot for the
    installation to be complete.
    [​IMG]Important (and therefor I repeat it):

    This "USB-USB Bridge Protocol" mustonly be installed only on the computer in
    the USB Network
    that is connected to the
    Ethernet LAN.
    All systems belonging to the same workgroup will then be displayed in the
    "Network Neighborhood " and/or "My Network Places":
    This will allow to access data on other systems.
    however: the systems will be communicating via NetBEUI-protocol, which should be no
    problem at home networks. But in office networks, TCP/IP is often the standard protocol
    and very often also the ONLY protocol installed in the office server. Also on home networks,
    there may be a need to use TCP/IP (for any Internet related issues, like: Internet connection Sharing)
    and then it is required to make advanced configurations for :
    TCP/IP in Mixed Ethernet and USB networks