Hi Yasha,

Yes, I think USA ISPs are not so different from European ISPs even if,
actually, USB Dongles are, in Europe, more and more rare...they exists
as a sort of (problematic) legacy of the 3G/3.5G era pre-4G/LTE: ISPs
tend now to provide 4G/LTE Routers with embedded WiFi only (sometime
limiting the number of devices concurrently connected to the WiFi
pre-configured SSID)...no more troubles with OS drivers.

I really hope that the "Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45" statement's meaning -
in USA - looks exactly the same that has here in the old Europe!

What exactly other IEEE 802.3 capabilities [**] you're looking for?

AFAIK that device is (and I made just an example) a 4G/LTE Home Spot
Router provided with - that is *not so usual* - one RJ-45 LAN
Interface (the device supports IPv4 and performs NAT between the ISP
WAN side and its LAN wired/wireless sides) and - that *is usual* - one
WiFi LAN interface.

Yeah...I know that datasheet [*] isn't *so technical* as we would
expect...they (ZyXEL) were lazy in documenting features and hardware
characteristics by using appropriate technical terms we're used to
(terms that their average user - which is probably their real
marketing target - was not used to)...so simply writing "Gigabit
Ethernet RJ45" has a higher consumer "value" than correctly writing
IEEE 802.3ab support (or whatever).

Before 4G/LTE Routers become a reality (those ones that require only
the 4G/LTE SIM and nothing more) sometime I used Firewalls supporting
3G/3.5G/4G USB Dongles but was a sort of nightmare because the
Firewall Firmware needed to support exact USB Dongle models (so, each
time, you have to verify if a particular unbranded USB Dongle was
supported or not for your particular Firmware version).

I know that this is completely Off Topic with regard to *any* Linux

Hope this help!

[*] Datasheet here:
[**] User Guide here:

On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 8:53 AM, Yasha Karant <ykar...@csusb.edu> wrote:
> Hello Davide,
> Most USA ISPs (e.g., Sprint, ATT, etc.) provide the dongle/router/... , often 
> a device that plugs into a USB port.  The unit you suggest states:
> One Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
> Is this only "gigabit ethernet" or does it have other 802.3 capabilities?  (I 
> much prefer when the vendor states IEEE 802.3 whatever so that one can know 
> to which standards the device is claimed to be compliant, rather than a 
> marketing term such as "gigabit ethernet".)  To avoid 802.11 sniffing, I want 
> to use a wired (e.g., 802.3) connection to a device that accesses an ISP 4G, 
> etc., service.
> Essentially all ISPs I have found support a USB adapter that is Mac OS X or 
> MS Win usable, but I need to verify Linux use (typically with the kernels and 
> related drivers/layers that SL 7 uses).
> Regards
> Yasha
> On 10/14/2016 01:13 AM, Davide Poletto wrote:
> Hello Yasha, shouldn't a ISP (carrier) be "OS agnostic"?
> I mean: if I were you I would worry about USB 4G/LTE Dongle OS's 
> compatibility but I would not about ISP (carrier) OS's compatibility...this 
> because (yeah, your YMMV), in general, I would avoid to look for (and, even 
> if found, to consequently use) a USB 4G/LTE Dongle directly connected to my 
> Linux host (AFAIK some Huawei 4G Dongles seem to be globally compatible on 
> Linux, tested on Fedora Workstation), I would *instead* direct my research 
> straight to a 4G/LTE Router that will provide (a) an Ethernet LAN port and, 
> eventually (not necessarily), (b) an embedded WiFi AP.
> A lot of headaches will be avoided since a Router is OS agnostic and vice 
> versa.
> Have you considered *something similar* to a 4G/LTE Router *like* the ZyXEL 
> LTE4506-M606? Just plug-in your enabled 4G/LTE carrier's SIM and you should 
> be OK...provided that your carrier provides good 4G/LTE signal on your zone 
> of operation (especially indoor)...it's better than a USB 4G/LTE Dongle IMHO 
> and it's portable too.
> I personally use a ZyXEL LTE3301-Q222 (Indoor 4G/LTE Router) in front of my 
> Firewall appliance, so it's used mainly as 4G/LTE Modem (in the LTE 800 MHz 
> band) that does basically only NAT (eventually it can be configured to work 
> in Bridge mode) and it works quite well and it's really stable (better than a 
> copper asynchronous DSL connection, at least here in Italy!).
> Maybe I misunderstood your real request, pardon me if I've done.
> Kind regards, Davide.
> On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 1:05 AM, Yasha Karant <ykar...@csusb.edu> wrote:
>> I need a 4G wireless USB WNIC and ISP (carrier) that is SL 7 compatible -- 
>> that is, that the drivers exist for SL 7, not just MS Win or Mac OS X.  The 
>> service needs to be in my geographic region; thus, I will check 
>> recommendations against service area (several I have found do not serve my 
>> area).  I do not want to use a MIFI access point unless a UTP hardwired 
>> 802.3 connection is supported -- I do not want to use 802.11 or Bluetooth to 
>> connect to the access point .  Any suggestions greatly would be appreciated. 
>>  Thus, a USB direct connection into the machine would be best.
>> Yasha Karant

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