BBB Internet over the USB cable

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It is rather easy to get access to the whole internet over the USB interface cable provided that your laptop/PC has internet access.

If you're running Linux you can follow these instructions.

If you're running Windows Derrek Molloy has some advices on this page.

On the BBB create this file and make it executable

# Author : Klaus Kolle
#   Date : 2016 02 22
# Purpose: Establishing connection to the Internet
# and set the clock, which has no battery backup
echo "Starting the Internet-over-USB script"
## Add a default gateway 
/sbin/route add default gw
grep -q /etc/resolv.conf
if [ "$?" -ne "0" ]; then
        echo "nameserver" >> /etc/resolv.conf
## Test for network availability
while :
        ping -c 5 -w 10
        if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
## Now we should be ready to set the clock from the net
/usr/sbin/ntpdate -b -s -u
echo "End of the settings script"

At first login on the BBB execute this script as root (or use sudo).

You may want to set this script up so it will be executed at boot time. In order to do this you'll have to setup a boot script in /etc/init.d - you may want to call it internetOverUSB. Enter ths into the script.

#! /bin/sh
# Provides: InternetOverUSB
# Required-Start: $all
# Required-Stop: $all
# Default-Start: 2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Short-Description: Enables Internet over USB cable
# Description: Enables access to the Internet over the Internet connection 
provided by the connected host
case "$1" in
                sleep 20
exit 0

Now execute

$] chmod 755 /etc/init.d/internetOverUSB

The 20 seconds sleep is for the laptop being able to establish its network settings. May be adjusted to suit your OS an laptop specific needs.

Finally enable the script.

$] update-rc.d internetOverUSB defaults

Try to reboot and login again. Check that the date now is correct. If not debug your scripts.