Driver for Kindle Fire

I recently purchased a Kindle Fire and purchased your USB2-E100 product to connect it to a wired internet connection. Is there a driver available specifically for the Kindle Fire that uses Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)?

Thanks!!

Here is a link to Kindle Fire info for developers:

https://developer.amazon.com/help/faq...

At a high level, it must be optimized for non-Google Mobile Services (GMS) Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and a 7" screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600.
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  • Hi Patrick,

    Quick question: The Kindle Fire doesn't support any USB devices, because it doesn't have drivers or the USB female A for them (and no OTG cable). Do you have a special device of some sort?

    We have a range of USB devices http://plugable.com/products but the one we know of that supports the Kindle Fire is for charging the Kindle (not connecting things to it). It's the http://plugable.com/products/usb2-hub... which can charge up to 2 Kindle Fire devices and 4 Kindle Touch devices at once, even without a PC.

    Hope that helps!

    Thanks,
    Bernie
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  • Wow.. That was fast.

    The Kindle fire does have a USB port with a USB Host compiled in the Android Kernel.

    The specs are here:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051VVOB2/?...

    Technical Details
    Display 7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
    Size (in inches) 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
    Weight 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
    System Requirements None, because it's wireless and doesn't require a computer.
    On-device Storage 8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That's enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
    Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
    Battery Life Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.
    Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
    Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or enterprise networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
    USB Port USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
    Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
    Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
    Documentation Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle Fire User's Guide (pre-installed on device). Additional information available online.
    Warranty and Service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.
    Included in the Box Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.
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  • I’m excited
    I think there's a real opportunity here if you had a driver.
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  • Hi Patrick,

    We're definitely very interested in the Kindle Fire (and have a charging hub for it: http://plugable.com/products/usb2-hub....

    On adding wired network connectivity, my understanding so far is that the Kindle Fire, even with a USB OTG cable, doesn't have many (any?) USB drivers included in its build. The developer page mentioned that even the most basic classes of drivers like USB HID (USB keyboard) are not included.

    Android network drivers are common with Linux and exist for our adapter (the http://plugable.com/products/usb2-e100/). But not every device maker chooses to include all drivers (in fact, most are being aggressive about removing drivers from Google's distribution, it seems). If you could make use of the Android/Linux driver source, it is available here: http://www.asix.com.tw/FrootAttach/dr...

    If you find any contradictory information, we'd love to hear about it. It would be wonderful to be able to give the Fire faster, lower-power network access than it has now, through wired ethernet.

    Best wishes,
    Bernie
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  • I would really be interested in a similar device. I have a Kindle Fire... but I prefer not to have wifi on all the time. I just turn it on long enough to get my mail, news and calendar syncs. Then off it goes. If I could connect by wire to an ethernet network... that would be great.
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  • Thanks, Bill. While the answer for now is "not possible", we're looking for any possibility (rooting the Fire, etc.) that would enable it.
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  • Id be really interested in having my kindle fire have Usb host capability for transferring files from a camera, given it doesn't have it's own camera. Most of the time our family's laptop is used by someone else and it sucks having no option to upload any pica or videos etc to social networks when you want to. They should have included either a micro sd or a Usb host with this tablet.
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  • Val,
    You can transfer files from your PC to your kindle with a FREE file manager app.
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  • No, not from PC. I almost never have access to real laptop. When I used to have Colby kyros I could transfer epics right from camera to tablet on the go using usb host feature on the tablet, or from mp3 player. I got kindle fire because its dual core and nice screen, but connectivity suffers I now see.
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  • Val: You could upload your pix to Dropbox and download them to your Kindle Fire. Then you can use ES File Explorer to move it to any folder or open it.
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  • sooooo close to what I need to do! I have a Pandigital Planet 7" tablet PC, already running OpenPDP 2.3.4 (rooted) and I even have a terminal window I could use. But I don't know if these drivers will work with Android 2.3.4 or not, and I don't know how to use Makefile (but I guess I'm about to learn, eh?)
    I already use short OTG cables to host wired and wireless USB mice and keyboards with my PDP, and have also hosted flashdrives. Anything bigger needs a powered hub. For the small things, I have a 1-to-4 USB hub cable. I usually have the AC adapter connected while hosting things from the hub anyway, so as not to drain the battery down. The PDP has WiFi, but there's a place with wired internet, without wi-fi, that I want to be able to connect up the PDP. If I get this USB Ethernet dongle working, I'll have what I need. When you order OTG cables (typically through ebay from Singapore), make very sure you know what kind of socket you need to plug them into. Mine is mini-USB, but Kindle I think is micro-USB. When you KNOW you're ordering the right thing, you might want to order 2 or 3. They're cheap, but small and I tend to misplace mine fairly often and they take a few weeks to arrive from Singapore. I think I spent $2.85 and free shipping on the last 3 I ordered. I still know where 2 of them are and would probably find the third if I clean my room.
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