I tested USB network adapters with new 3.14.21-ZS-PAE kernel and good news – all of them work! Although ” Unknown Model” is displayed in GUI. To get any of those NICs appear in GUI Zeroshell router restart is needed.
More details here:
Belkin Gigabit USB:
[ 2.148127] usb 5-6: new high-speed USB device number 2 using ehci-pci
[ 2.311637] usb 5-6: New USB device found, idVendor=050d, idProduct=5055
[ 2.311645] usb 5-6: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 2.311651] usb 5-6: Product: F5D5055
[ 2.311655] usb 5-6: Manufacturer: Belkin F5D5055 Gig USB
[ 2.311660] usb 5-6: SerialNumber: 000001
Works very well, speed over 250Mbps up and down (limited by the speed of my internet connection). Stability also seems good.
100M Chinese USB NIC made of white plastic :
[ 2.126584] usb 5-6: new high-speed USB device number 2 using ehci-pci
[ 2.290276] usb 5-6: New USB device found, idVendor=066b, idProduct=20f9
[ 2.290284] usb 5-6: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 2.290291] usb 5-6: Product: HG20F9 USB2.0
[ 2.290296] usb 5-6: Manufacturer: USBLINK
[ 2.290300] usb 5-6: SerialNumber: 000003
Works, speed is close to 100Mbps both up and down.
Chinese USB NIC made of blue transparent plastic:
[ 2.732403] usb 3-2: new full-speed USB device number 2 using uhci_hcd
[ 2.924249] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=0fe6, idProduct=9700
[ 2.924256] usb 3-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[ 2.924261] usb 3-2: Product: USB 2.0 10/100M Ethernet Adaptor
[ 6.418784] dm9601 3-2:1.0 eth0: register ‘dm9601’ at usb-0000:00:1d.2-2, Davicom DM96xx USB 10/100 Ethernet, 00:e0:4c:53:44:58
[ 6.671383] usbcore: registered new interface driver dm9601
[ 19.715333] dm9601 3-2:1.0 ETH04: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0xFFFF
Says link up although no cable connected. causes web interface and SSH connection to crawl after startup, later speed is OK.
Internet works, speed is 5-6 Mbps both up and down. I get same speeds with that USB LAN adapter under Windows, so this is just slow interface, not a driver issue.
I have also had stability issues with this one – in Windows on prolonged use (several hours) gets quite hot. I’d better steer clear of this one! Looks like that:
All in all, using USB NICs is finally viable option for me with Zeroshell. Just placed an order for a used Belkin Gigabit!