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Sunday, November 18, 2012

USB to Ethernet for Surface RT

Believe it or not still out there a lot of people asking for an Ethernet connection for the Surface RT. The reasons are many but ones of the most important are speed and security. For those in this situation here is an adapter that has been tested with Surface RT which drivers for WinRT has been released.

Here is the link to the Adaptor at Amazon. Here is the link for the Driver. Of course you need to download the one for Windows RT. This driver will work with any USB to Ethernet adaptor using the AX88772A chipset.

Once the device is plugged you need to open the device manager, in Desktop mode search in settings for Device Manager.

 
 
Do a right click in the listed other device chipset and pick update driver. The rest is to pick Browse my PC and locate the uncompressed files downloaded from the above mentioned link.


Note: for some reason the RT driver has been removed from the list of drivers in the Manufacturer's site. I have contacted them asking about the reasons behind that. If I get any answer back I'll post it here.

Update: the driver exist and works and the only reason is not distributed is Microsoft's nonsense.

Update 2: I have heard anything back from any of the sides involved in this situation. If anybody needs the driver please, let me know and I'll send it. 

http://www.tweaks2k2.com/binfiles/AX88772B_772A_772_WinRT_Driver_v3.16.0.1807.zip