Ethernet for the Raspberry Pi Zero

22 comments on “Ethernet for the Raspberry Pi Zero”

  1. Karine-Johanne Reply

    What actual speed has can be achieved using this adapter ? Can you do a speedtest-cli and publish the results ? Regards

  2. DroneMann Reply

    Can you please share your /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf files? I can’t get the Pluggable to work on my Zero.

    • David Roberts Reply

      Thanks for posting. If you are using a recent version of Raspian, it should automatically connect. Are you using the USB2-E100 adapter mentioned in the video?

  3. Thomas L Reply

    I can not connect to my Raspberry PI zero v 1.3. with Plugable USB 2.0 OTG Mico Typ-B to 10/100 Ethernet Adapter.
    I flashed the 2017-08-16-raspbian-stretch image or 2017-07-05-raspbian-jessie. I can not connect a keyboard or mouse because I have no suitable hub. A DHCP Server works in my LAN.
    On the screen I see that the OS is running.
    Even the arrows in the network connections show a connection. The LED’s on the device are idicating traffic.
    Ping ist not sucsessfull. And i don’t see a mac address in my arp table that fits to the lable on my device.
    What can i do?

    • David Roberts Reply

      Thanks for posting about this. The adapter should work with Jessie or stretch without any configuration. To make sure the adapter itself is good, and that the router is properly assigning it an IP address, would it be possible to connect it to another computer and try connecting it again? That would make troubleshooting easier. Please contact us directly at, and we can help with the troubleshooting process.

  4. Greg Zingler Reply

    To those who are having trouble with the USB 2.0 OTG Mico Typ-B to 10/100 Ethernet Adapter, it does work but you will not be able to automatically connect to the Pi without doing some pre-configuring of the OS image. You have to add an empty file file called SSH to the root of the boot partition to enable SSH. I also modified on the OS partion /etc/dhcpcd.conf to get a static IP to make it easier to config. I am thinking about making a video tutorial that explains every step when you don’t have a USB OTG dongle.

    • Derek Reply

      Hi Greg,

      Thanks for your post and helping other customers! You should not need to configure the OS image as long as you are using Raspbian. SSH options are available in the system preferences and most likely need enabled for most users.

      Instructions on how to do this can be found here:

      Thank you!

      Derek Nuzum
      Plugable Technologies

  5. Andy F Reply

    This isn’t working for me. I have an OTGE100 connected to my Raspberry Pi Zero W and I’m not getting any link lights. If I connect it to my mobile phone, I get linklights immediately. I assume this has to be connected to the data USB port on the Pi, otherwise, you can’t power the device. It seems like the adapter requires more power than whatever the Pi gives out from that port. What am I missing here?

  6. Kevin Reply

    Hello Andy,

    Thanks for the post! I do apologize for any trouble you’ve had with the OTG adapter and your Pi Zero W. Yes, the OTG adapter should be plugged into the USB micro port for Data (the one closest to the HDMI Port), so the Pi can be plugged in with a power cable.

    When you connect the Pi with an HDMI cable to a display, what do you see? Are you presented with an IP address that you can Secure Shell (SSH) into to access the Pi directly? Do you have an Ethernet connection with the adapter on your phone, and are able to view websites/content with Wifi Disabled?

    Please feel free to reach out to us at: for direct and further support with this.

    Thank you,


  7. Kate T Reply

    Comments from a new pi user. Works with pi zero w BUT you need to reboot the pi after plugging in the adapter (yes I forgot). My pi zero w was set up with a static ip for pihole and was working great wirelessly. I got the adapter thinking a wired connection might be best. But the network recognized the adapter’s mac address and assigned the pi a new dynamic ip, which prevented pihole from working. Wired and wireless can’t have the same static ip, so since the wireless setup worked, I reverted to that rather than reconfigure new ips and possibly disable the wireless. Saving the adapter for further rainy day experiments.

    • Kevin Lamb Reply

      Hello Kate,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! Glad to see you are getting into Plugable, and Raspberry Pi! I am sorry to see the trouble you’ve had with Pi-hole. (I’ve been wanting to try this out myself. I currently have a Tor Server /Access point dedicated on one of my Pi’s)

      We’ve seen good success with Raspberry Pi, but there can definitely things that come up with existing settings. Hopefully you were able to get things back up and running? This setup sounds like it should work, as long as you have the Ethernet Adapter set as the default connection, and set a new static IP for it. How easy is it to reconfigure the pi-hole app, or would you have to start fresh and base the install off an Ethernet connection?

      Again, I do apologize for the trouble, and I hope that overall you are satisfied with the adapter. It will definitely come in handy to have a wired connection for certain projects. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help!

      Thank you,


    • Kevin Reply

      Hello Karl,

      Thanks for asking! Unfortunately this will not work. Our adapters are not set up to provide Power over Ethernet even if other POE compliant equipment are involved.

      I do apologize for any inconvenience in this. Please feel free to hit us up at: if you have any further questions or concerns and we’ll be here to help.

      Thank you,

      Plugable Support

  8. Kevin Reply


    I am trying to setup a Rasberry Pi Zero to run Pi Hole. When I connect it to the router using the Plugable usb2-otge100, it is not visible on the network and there a no activity lights on the Plugable adapter. I tried a couple different cables and re flashing the OS but since there are no lights on the adapter I’m thinking that it’s the problem. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks You

    • Viktoria D. Reply

      Thanks for posting!

      These cases are very difficult to troubleshoot given the limited ports and methods of access available on the Raspberry Pi Zero. If possible, to rule out issues with the adapter itself, try plugging it into a compatible phone or tablet rather than the Pi Zero. We have created a list of compatible devices here:

      Another thing that can happen is MAC filtering on a locked-down network, such as a corporate network or a school/university network. There may be MAC filtering which prevents unauthorized devices from connecting to the network. The MAC address is printed on a label affixed to the adapter, you will need to get that authorized with the network administrator for it to work if your network is filtered in that way.

      If there aren’t any MAC filters on the network, or any other edge-case issues with the network, it would also be important to make sure that the adapter is being connected to the network using a known-good Ethernet cable. (i.e. try a different Ethernet cable)

      If you have further questions, please send a message to and we’d be happy to help!

  9. Lester Reply

    Ordered one from Amazon. Came in today, so I was ready to go. Not! Not plug and play like advertised. I even did a fresh install of the latest raspbian buster lite image on my rpi Zero W. It just doesnt recognize the adapter. Think I am gonna send it back and go for another one.

  10. Manu Reply

    Does it works to connect my android phone directly to LAN?
    Thanks in advance for your answer 🙂

    • Kevin Lamb Reply

      Hello Manu,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! I want to be clear and state that wired Ethernet capability on Android isn’t a guarantee. Wired Ethernet on Android is entirely up to the manufacturer to design into their hardware. I would suggest to start by checking our compatibility chart to see if your device is listed as compatible:

      I would strongly suggest to contact the manufacturer of your device even if it’s listed as compatible. You may need to put the phone into airplane mode to get the wired connection through. I hope this helps. Feel free to reach out to us directly at: with any other questions.

      Thank you,

      Product Owner
      Plugable Support

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