I would like to connect the Raspberry Pi Zero to my laptop using an ethernet cable without using the micro-USB port. Currently I can connect using ethernet cable through a micro-USB to RJ45 converter. I am using Putty and xming for the GUI. For our project we have a limitation of not using a powered USB hub and we need a UMTS stick for 3G connected all the time to the Rpi. Hence I cannot use it for ethernet connection. So is it possible to use the free micro HDMI port using a HDMI to Rj45 adaptor to connect an ethernet cable to Rpi Zero ?

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    Related (if you do not mean the HDMI range extender covered in goobering's answer): raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/38650/…
    – Ghanima
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 12:54
  • yeah I had a look at that thread earlier. I wanted to run Putty SSH using a HDMI to RJ45 adaptor. So i guess that wont work? Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 13:05
  • No, I guess not.
    – Ghanima
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 13:52
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    There is no micro HDMI port on the Raspberry Pi Zero. It is a mini HDMI port.
    – Jacobm001
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 18:29

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No. HDMI to Ethernet adapters are used to send HDMI display data over an Ethernet cable, rather than network data over HDMI. This won't work.


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