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2 meanings : Ethernet over USB vs. USB over Ethernet
Ethernet over USB:
However USB 2.0 (12/480 Mbps) is faster than FastEthernet (10/100 Mbps), USB is limited in length of the cables (10m max. without booster).
USB over Ethernet would make more sense to me though, especially as more and more Gigabit Ethernet ports find their way into on board integration in motherboards. This would also allow to actually control USB Devices up to a maximum of between 100m and 300m, depending on the network layout.
I see a need controlling cheap USB Devices, like WebCams, over a distance better than buying an expensive IP Cam running the Ethernet protocol.
AFAICT, the ‘2 meanings’ are the same. An Ethernet over USB adapter (‘1st meaning’) is merely a USB device that bridges an Ethernet over USB protocol (‘2nd meaning’) with its Ethernet port. —James Haigh (talk) 2013-06-04T23:38:48Z
There are three different issues here,
A USB device you hook to a PC that has an RJ45 (Ethernet plug); instead of a PCIe or motherboard Ethernet.
A USB host (PC) connected to a USB-OTG PC (laptop, PDA, cell-phone), where the 2nd PC pretends to be an Ethernet adapter. This is using USB as an Ethernet network. A CDC-ACM (usb serial port) with PPP on both sides would be equivalent, but would require two USB serial dongles between the two devices. In this mode, the PDA connects directly with an OTG cable. A parallel to a null modem cable in the serial world.
XTerminator2000 is talking about connecting to USB devices over an Ethernet. That is something this page is not about. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:57, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
"See link below for careful protocol comparisons."