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 distribution... Hope this help! [*] Datasheet here: ftp://ftp.zyxel.com/LTE4506-M606/datasheet/LTE4506-M606_3.pdf [**] User Guide here: ftp://ftp.zyxel.com/LTE4506-M606/user_guide/LTE4506-M606_V1.0.pdf 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 >> > >