I'm looking to see if ANYONE knows of a hardware / driver combo which will let a USB ethernet adapter work under OS X. The last posting I saw about this was flooded with, "don't do that, buy a router!", which doesn't help at all.
The thing is that I have an iMac which needs to be on both the internal network and the Internet at the same time.
There are lots of reasons why cheesy routers won't do; my NetBSD router limits the number of outgoing port connections, tracks virus-like activity, blocks port 25 to the Internet but provides outgoing SMTP itself, does IPv6 router advertisements, does split DNS, and does rudimentary bandwidth shaping, amongst other things. If you can get a Linksys to do all of that, I'd be interested. If not, please don't suggest a cheesy router.
Back to the original topic: I'd like my primary computer, an iMac in a Tonka truck, to be able to be on the local, private network and the public, Internet network at the same time. Since a USB ethernet adapter is still much faster than a 1.5 Mbps SDSL line, the speed of the USB ethernet isn't a limiting factor.
Anyone? Any suggestions? I know that there are USB wireless adapters which work with OS X, and my cable modem works with OS X over USB, but what about a generic ethernet device?