Intel NUC – Install USB Ethernet Adapter

The only letdown with Intel NUC is the only one Ethernet adapter. Luckily thanks to some great minds out there there is a way out of this.
All is needed is a Startech USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (Part Number: USB31000S) and the USB driver for ESXI downloadable from here:

UPDATE (1/1/18) – Updated driver for ESXi 6.5, details here.

    • Download the driver – ESXI 6u2 driver – see above github link
    • Transfer the vib file to your ESXI host
scp vghetto-ax88179-esxi60u2.vib root@esxi:/
    • Ensure that your NUC has USB 3 adapter enabled
[root@esxi:~] lsusb
 Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0b95:1790 ASIX Electronics Corp. AX88179 Gigabit Ethernet
 Bus 001 Device 005: ID 8087:0a2b Intel Corp.
 Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0951:1665 Kingston Technology Digital DataTraveler SE9 64GB
 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
 Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    • Install the vib driver:
[root@esxi:~] esxcli software vib install -v /vghetto-ax88179-esxi60u2.vib -f
 Installation Result
 Message: Operation finished successfully.
 Reboot Required: false
 VIBs Installed: virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi60u2_6.0.0-1.0.0
 VIBs Removed:
 VIBs Skipped:
    • Verify that it was installed correctly:
[root@esxi:~] esxcli network nic list
 Name PCI Device Driver Admin Status Link Status Speed Duplex MAC Address MTU Description
 ------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ----------- ----- ------ ----------------- ---- --------------------------------------------
 vmnic0 0000:00:1f.6 e1000e Up Up 1000 Full b8:ae:ed:7d:e2:d5 1500 Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection I219-V
 vusb0 Pseudo ax88179_178a Up Up 1000 Full 00:24:9b:16:33:f8 1500 Unknown Unknown


HP Pro 1102w printer installation in Debian with CUPS

All necessary information are available here.

And the bits that I care about:

Download and Install

Click the link, or cut and paste the whole command line below to download the driver.

    $ wget -O foo2zjs.tar.gz

Now unpack it:

    $ tar zxf foo2zjs.tar.gz
    $ cd foo2zjs

Now compile and install it. The INSTALL file contains more detailed instructions; please read it now.

    $ make

Install driver, foomatic XML files, and extra files:
    $ su			OR	$ sudo make install
    # make install

(Optional) If you use CUPS, restart the spooler:
    # make cups			OR	$ sudo make cups

Now create printer entries for your spooler.

Once the above is done simply go to https://Your_cups_server:631/ and add the printer:


and if everything went OK the driver will be visible somewhere near the bottom of the list as listed above.


For some time now I was looking for a replacement for my UDOO home server. After long research I decided to go for Intel NUC i3 version. Intel NUC Kit NUC6i3SYH is equipped with Intel’s newest architecture, the 6th generation Intel® Core™ i3-6100U processor.


It has truly impressive features such as massive 32GB DDR4 RAM support, M 2 SSD slot and SATA slot – see Intel website for more info.

Shopping List
 Samsung 250GB 850 EVO M.2 SSD  evo_sm
 8GB USB Flash Drive  USB_sm
2x 16GB of RAM – CT16G4SFD8213  memory_sm



The NUC itself is not supported by VMware and not listed in the HCL. However, some essential components are listed therefore when installing the latest ESXi 6.0 with patch ESXi600-201601001 (Build 3380124) released in January 2016 you will not have any issues:


Quad Core UDOO – Debian – compiling kernel 4.0.8

U-Boot 2015

Download the software:


extract it and only install the u-boot package:

dpkg -i linux-u-boot-4.0.8-udoo_1.8_armhf.deb


Kernel based on

Install prerequisites:

apt-get install lzop kernel-package u-boot-tools dblatex docbook-utils \
 kernel-common libsgmls-perl libsp1c2 libtinfo-dev sgmlspl sp texlive \
 texlive-bibtex-extra texlive-math-extra xmlto xsltproc libncurses5-dev

Getting the kernel:

cd /tmp
mkdir kernel4.0.8
cd kernel4.0.8

now change directory to the kernel folder and configure it:

make menuconfig

compile it – in my case it took approx 2 hours:

make uImage LOADADDR=0x10008000  modules

install the modules:

make modules_install

copy the kernel to /boot folder

cp arch/arm/boot/uImage /boot/
 cp arch/arm/boot/zImage /boot/

compile the dtb file:

make imx6q-udoo.dtb

copy dtb file
cp arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6q-udoo.dtb /boot/dts/
copy firmware
cp firmware/imx/sdma/sdma-imx6q.bin /lib/firmware/sdma/
configure your uboot
nano /boot/boot.cmd
then copy and paste this
setenv bootargs root=/dev/mmcblk0p1 rootfstype=ext4 rootwait console=ttymxc1,115200
ext2load mmc 0 0x18000000 /boot/dtb/imx6q-udoo.dtb
ext2load mmc 0 0x12000000 /boot/zImage
bootz 0x12000000 - 0x18000000

if you use graphical interface you will probably want to replace the first line with:

setenv bootargs root=/dev/mmcblk0p1 rootfstype=ext4 rootwait console=tty1 video=mxcfb0:dev=hdmi,1920x1080M@60,if=RGB24,bpp=32 ahci_imx.hotplug=1 quiet

then convert it to uboot format
mkimage -C none -A arm -T script -d /boot/boot.cmd /boot/boot.scr

Now cross fingers, connect console cable and restart the device


U-Boot 2015.04-dirty (Jul 13 2015 - 12:27:45)
CPU:   Freescale i.MX6Q rev1.2 at 792 MHz
 Reset cause: WDOG
 Board: Udoo
 DRAM:  1 GiB
 *** Warning - bad CRC, using default environment
In:    serial
 Out:   serial
 Err:   serial
 Net:   using phy at 6
 Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0
 switch to partitions #0, OK
 mmc0 is current device
 295 bytes read in 63 ms (3.9 KiB/s)
 Running bootscript from mmc ...
 ## Executing script at 12000000
 35681 bytes read in 138 ms (252 KiB/s)
 6491688 bytes read in 374 ms (16.6 MiB/s)
 Kernel image @ 0x12000000 [ 0x000000 - 0x630e28 ]
 ## Flattened Device Tree blob at 18000000
 Booting using the fdt blob at 0x18000000
 Using Device Tree in place at 18000000, end 1800bb60
Starting kernel ...
Booting Linux on physical CPU 0x0
 Linux version 4.0.8 (root@UDOO) (gcc version 4.9.2 (Debian 4.9.2-10) ) #3 SMP Fri
 Jul 31 19:05:40 BST 2015
 CPU: ARMv7 Processor [412fc09a] revision 10 (ARMv7), cr=10c5387d
 CPU: PIPT / VIPT nonaliasing data cache, VIPT aliasing instruction cache
 Machine model: Udoo i.MX6 Quad Board
 cma: Reserved 256 MiB at 0x40000000
 Memory policy: Data cache writealloc
 PERCPU: Embedded 11 pages/cpu @af731000 s12480 r8192 d24384 u45056
 Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 260096
 Kernel command line: root=/dev/mmcblk0p1 rootfstype=ext4 rootwait console=ttymxc
 1,115200 ahci_imx.hotplug=1
 PID hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
 Dentry cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
 Inode-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
 Memory: 764764K/1048576K available (8251K kernel code, 298K rwdata, 2472K rodata
 , 352K init, 440K bss, 21668K reserved, 262144K cma-reserved, 0K highmem)
 Virtual kernel memory layout:
 vector  : 0xffff0000 - 0xffff1000   (   4 kB)
 fixmap  : 0xffc00000 - 0xfff00000   (3072 kB)
 vmalloc : 0xc0800000 - 0xff000000   (1000 MB)
 lowmem  : 0x80000000 - 0xc0000000   (1024 MB)
 pkmap   : 0x7fe00000 - 0x80000000   (   2 MB)
 modules : 0x7f000000 - 0x7fe00000   (  14 MB)
 .text : 0x80008000 - 0x80a811a8   (10725 kB)
 .init : 0x80a82000 - 0x80ada000   ( 352 kB)
 .data : 0x80ada000 - 0x80b24860   ( 299 kB)
 .bss : 0x80b24860 - 0x80b92b48   ( 441 kB)
 SLUB: HWalign=64, Order=0-3, MinObjects=0, CPUs=4, Nodes=1
 Hierarchical RCU implementation.
 NR_IRQS:16 nr_irqs:16 16
 L2C-310 erratum 769419 enabled
 L2C-310 enabling early BRESP for Cortex-A9
 L2C-310 full line of zeros enabled for Cortex-A9
 L2C-310 ID prefetch enabled, offset 1 lines
 L2C-310 dynamic clock gating enabled, standby mode enabled
 L2C-310 cache controller enabled, 16 ways, 1024 kB
 L2C-310: CACHE_ID 0x410000c7, AUX_CTRL 0x76070001
 VPU 352M is enabled!
 Switching to timer-based delay loop, resolution 333ns
 sched_clock: 32 bits at 3000kHz, resolution 333ns, wraps every 1431655765682ns
 Console: colour dummy device 80x30
 Calibrating delay loop (skipped), value calculated using timer frequency.. 6.00
 BogoMIPS (lpj=30000)
 pid_max: default: 32768 minimum: 301
 Mount-cache hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
 Mountpoint-cache hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
 Initializing cgroup subsys net_cls
 CPU: Testing write buffer coherency: ok
 CPU0: thread -1, cpu 0, socket 0, mpidr 80000000
 Setting up static identity map for 0x107da3e8 - 0x107da440
 CPU1: thread -1, cpu 1, socket 0, mpidr 80000001
 CPU2: thread -1, cpu 2, socket 0, mpidr 80000002
 CPU3: thread -1, cpu 3, socket 0, mpidr 80000003
 Brought up 4 CPUs
 SMP: Total of 4 processors activated (24.00 BogoMIPS).
 CPU: All CPU(s) started in SVC mode.


Job Done.

How To Configure DHCP on OpenWRT router

First uninstall pre-installed dnsmasq:

/etc/init.d/dnsmasq stop
opkg remove dnsmasq

Then install the ISC DHCP server app:

opkg install


Once that is done run:

nano /etc/dhcpd.conf

and replace the content with this:

# Show that we want to be the only DHCP server in this network:

option domain-name "";
option domain-name-servers,;
#DHCP Scope:
subnet netmask {
#DHCP range
#default gateway
option routers;

default-lease-time 691200; # 8 days
max-lease-time 864000; # 10 days

# Static assignments
host PC1 {
hardware ethernet 00:11:22:33:44:55;

host PC2 {
hardware ethernet 00:88:77:77:66:66;

Save the file and start the service

/etc/init.d/dhcpd start

To see dhcpd leases run:

more /var/dhcpd.leases

# The format of this file is documented in the dhcpd.leases(5) manual page.
# This lease file was written by isc-dhcp-4.2.4

lease {
  starts 4 2015/03/05 17:57:24;
  ends 4 2015/03/05 17:59:24;
  tstp 4 2015/03/05 17:59:24;
  cltt 4 2015/03/05 17:57:24;
  binding state free;
  hardware ethernet 11:22:33:55:44:33;
  client-hostname "Windows7-PC";
lease {
  starts 4 2015/03/05 18:19:06;
  ends 4 2015/03/05 18:21:06;
  tstp 4 2015/03/05 18:21:06;
  cltt 4 2015/03/05 18:19:06;
  binding state free;
  hardware ethernet 11:33:55:ee:ff:55;
  client-hostname "mobile-phone";

Job done. To install DNS follow here.