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Ethernet at Neo Air

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I have NanoPi Neo but would fancy Neo Air because eMMC. But I need Ethernet. Is there a way to make Ethernet work on Air by connecting to some pins?
I was able to use $2.20 ENC28J60 ethermet module bought for Arduino with Raspberry Pi Zero, should work with Nanopi Neo Air as well:


Unfortunately we need SPI for something else. But still a very interesting and cheap solution. How does it compare in speed to standard Ethernet? SPI should be able to go up to 80Mbit on H3, so should not be too bad.
I now ordered USB to Ethernet adapter and will try to connect it to USB on expansion header. That will leave us SPI for our purpose. Still I would have hoped that they exposed the ETH pins to a header, that would leave possibility for full speed Ethernet. But it looks like they are not accessible.
You could try setting up the Neo Air to act as a Ethernet gadget but this would require another device to act as a bridge between Ethernet/WiFi and USB

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