Mixed Ethernet and USB networks
can connect your USB network of
ME and Windows 2000
systems to an Ethenet network.
The system connection these 2
different network, having both
an Ethernet adapter and a USB
network adapter, is acting as a
the network segments.
To be able to have on ALL systems
all other systems displayed in the
or "My Network Places",
you need to install a
Note: This "USB-USB
Bridge Protocol" must only be installed on the computer in
USB Network that is connected to the USB Hub or the
After you install this Bridge Driver on
Computer A, there will be one more protocol:
USB-USB Networking Bridge in the Network
Configuration. This is a routing protocol;
you can use it to bridge between an USB LAN and an Ethernet LAN.
of the USB
drivers loaded already the
files for the "Bridge Protocol"
onto your system.
You just need to add it by
- Manufacturer: Prolific
- USB-USN Network Bridge
||With a Dialup-adapter, an
network adapeter and the USB
network adapter, NetBEUI and
TCP/IP protocol, the combinations
of adapters with protocols
(= "Bindings") is now
resulting to a
long list, showing also the
"USB-USB Network Bridge"
On the Computer with both the Ethernet and USB network
adapter ( system A in my example),
do the following steps:
click on My Network Places
||- Right click on the
Local Area Connection
for the USB Network
(if you hold the mouse for
a second over a connection,
it will display the adapter )
- select Properties
||-in the General tab click Install.
- Select Protocol.
- Select Prolific.
- Select USB-USB Network Bridge.
If this protocol is NOT in the list of
|click on the "Have
Disk" button and
insert your Windows 2000 Network
Bridge Diskette in your floppy drive.
Follow the instructions and the file
Pro2000.SYS (Bridge Protocol Driver)
and Pro2000.INF (Bridge Protocol
Installation file) will be installed into
your network configuration.
You will have to reboot for the
installation to be complete.
||Important (and therefor I
This "USB-USB Bridge Protocol" must
only be installed only on the
the USB Network that is connected to the
All systems belonging to the same workgroup
will then be displayed in the
"Network Neighborhood "
and/or "My Network Places":
This will allow to access data on other systems.
however: the systems will be communicating via NetBEUI-protocol,
which should be no
problem at home networks. But in office networks, TCP/IP is often
the standard protocol
and very often also the ONLY protocol installed in the office
server. Also on home networks,
there may be a need to use TCP/IP (for any Internet related
issues, like: Internet connection Sharing)
and then it is required to make advanced configurations for :
TCP/IP in Mixed
Ethernet and USB networks