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I am working on passing through the internet from my computer to my phone (running Android) over USB. I'm not sure how to achieve this, but I know I will need a usb network interface, such as usb0. This interface is not automatically created when plugging in the phone.

How do I create this USB network interface? Can this be done within Linux or must it be done from the Android phone?

Note: If I enable USB tethering on the phone, then a corresponding USB interface is created in Linux. However this is automatically configured to use the phone as a network device (or a gateway?) and pass the internet from my phone to my computer, which is the opposite of what I'm trying to do.

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Are you done with this thing? Please, I was eagerly waiting for something like this in Linux/Unix! Please respond. – Am_I_Helpful Feb 19 '15 at 19:19
@shekharsuman Unfortunately, I was never able to get this to work and have given up on it. – drs Feb 19 '15 at 19:21
@drs-Nevertheless, you tried at least such an awesome concept. You've provided me a very good project to work on. Really thanks. I'll start working on this coming June. THANKS A LOT. – Am_I_Helpful Feb 19 '15 at 19:23

Check this link, it may help you.

also there is an application available in Google play

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Please don't just post a link as an answer, both because the linked site may be unavailable, and because as it is your answer doesn't show what it's about. Summarize the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Gilles Sep 10 '13 at 21:11
Either way, following the instructions provided in the link does not work. All of the steps work without error, yet the phone still cannot connect to the internet. – drs Sep 15 '13 at 17:48

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