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After I did:

route add default gw

I also changed /etc/resolv.conf:


in order to share internet between Ubuntu in VMware. I've got internet working but after a reboot, I can never ssh to beaglebone from any host. (Win7 or Ubuntu). SSH doesn't return any message back.

On beagblebone the default is nameserver Also, the command route returns:

Destination     Gateway     mask             Flags  Ref  Use  Iface  U      0    0    usb0

ifconfig returns:

usb0 net addr: Bcast:

On the host(win7):

ipv4 addr:, ipv4 default gw

on Ubuntu ifconfig returns:

etho Bcast:

I also disabled GNOME from start up maybe it shuts down some default configurations? The file resolv.conf resets every time when the system starts.

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Beaglebone seems to have a very small network (note: Bcast: which means it will only see .1 and .2 on the "local network" (.0 is the network address and .3 is the broadcast). It also has no default route so will not route anything outside of those two addresses.

The win7 host I assume will be on the network (with a netmask of and a default gateway of (though nothing you mention in your setup has the address?).

Ubuntu is on its own /24 segment, (note the broadcast of

Unless has visibility of the routes of the two seperate segements (beaglebone's) and you are not going to be able to get from win7 to beaglebone. A similar issue may be present with Ubuntu depending on what routing/default route it has in place.

You've not provided routing for either win7 or ubuntu, which would help give a clearer picture of what your routing setup is. (You can provide those details by running a netstat -rn on those hosts).

Also what is is physically connected to what? Is ubuntu a VM, or is it a separate host? Do they both plug into beaglebone, or all three connected to some other device (the host at

As to to your resolv.conf changing, that is most likely due to the fact that your IP address is probably obtained via DHCP (which will replace the resolv.conf with what it gets from the DHCP ACK response from the DHCP server). You can edit your dhclient.conf and either add a prepend domain-name-servers; statement or by adding a interface declaration that does not contain a domain-name-servers statement.

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SO the beaglebone is connected to a host Win7. It can also be connected to ubuntu inside of VM on that Win7. Sharing internet through USB is such a pain and I don't want to do it again. It's working after reflashing the image. Here is the default configuration just for reference: dropbox.com/s/vhql35qgrtizfpy/beagleboneB_net_settings.JPG –  Timtianyang Aug 1 '13 at 5:43
here is the settings on win7:dropbox.com/s/q2p2u2fd5n6pfbu/host_settings.JPG I wonder why it doesn't show default gateway –  Timtianyang Aug 1 '13 at 5:44
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