# Question: How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi

warren asked on December 15, 2017 16:59

Configuring WiFi can be an extra step that's just one more possible point of failure when using a #raspberry-pi as a camera (see #pi-camera). This is covered in this activity:

https://publiclab.org/notes/partsandcrafts/12-03-2017/setting-up-the-raspberry-pi-camera-for-wireless-streaming

Instead of getting it on the same WiFi network, @wmacfarl suggested configuring it as an ethernet "linux gadget". Where's some documentation on how to do this, and would it make it as simple as plugging the Raspberry Pi into your laptop or phone with a USB cable and navigating to http://raspberrypi.local?

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I got this running -- it was pretty simple to change a couple files in the boot drive. But I found that it wasn't easy to just connect via a web browser -- you have to configure your laptop to connect properly to the Pi's network, which isn't easy for everyone.