Friday, 15 May 2015

Adding USB to Ethernet to Arietta

Arietta is a low cost linux embedded module: I already talked about it, here:
This post talks about adding a usb to ethernet adaptor for arietta.
The adapter is based on asix hardware, you can find it in various shapes:

Modding the Kernel
My build enviroment is based on a debian linux, created with vagrant.
There is this very good tutorial on acmesystem website: on how to compile a new kernel for the board.
Instead of following the tutorial untill the end, when you reach "make ARCH=arm menuconfig"you have to enable the "Multi-purpose USB Networking Framework" and select the appropriate ethernet adapter:

You can find the section under Device Drivers / Network device support / USB Network Adapters.
After you have rebooted with the new kernel you can plug the adapter and see if the device is recognized typing "dmesg".

My ethernet device is recognized as "eth0", in order to configure it with dhcp you have to edit /etc/network/interfaces on arietta and insert these lines at the end:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
Plug the ethernet cable, reboot the board and... done!