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iRulu 10.1" Model AX105 with Android 4.2

Hardwired Ethernet

For a few reasons, I wanted to have a hard wired connection from the Internet to the iRulu. That is, neither WiFi nor 3G (i.e., a cell phone connection).

Some of those reasons:

  • I wanted to connect it to my LAN and share the Internet connection I already have.
  • I certainly did not want to use an expensive 3G / cell phone connection.
  • So, although WiFi was an option, I see these drawbacks to WiFi:
    • To me, when I've tried it, it hasn't seemed as fast and reliable as a wired Ethernet connection
    • It is certainly not as secure--there is a chance of other people piggy backing on my connection or even "cracking" my connection and finding confidential information
    • Although I don't think it is a serious consideration, I'd also just as soon have fewer rather than more electromagnetic waves pervading my living space

So, I bought a USB 10/100 Ethernet adapter with a built-in 3-port USB hub. (On eBay, less than $10 with shipping)

I don't have much to say about the installation and configuration--I basically plugged it in and it worked. I have a router on my LAN with a built-in DHCP server--the iRulu queried the server and got an IP address and was up and running just fine.

There are two other comments I'd make at this time:

  • The Ethernet adapter is the first external device I plugged into the iRulu and tried to configure. Later, when I tried to plug in the external USB keyboard (that came with the iRulu), I had quite a bit of trouble. Later, I did a complete hardware and data reset, and then configured the iRulu a second time. This time I plugged in and configured the external USB keyboard first, with no problem, and then plugged in and configured the Ethernet adapter, with no problem. See External USB Keyboard for a few more details.
  • Later I switched the iRulu to use a static IP address--just my personal preference. Well, plus I always know its address in case I want to (and am able to--see Communicating via LAN) communicate with it from another computer on my LAN.





  • () RandyKramer - 2014-03-12
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