ghans wrote:You can still connect your Laptop directly to the Pi via ethernet.
The Pi has auto-sensing , so you don't even need a special crossover cable.
The problem I was having was that I had nowhere to connect it to a monitor, and no network to connect it to, and was set to DHCP so it wouldn't have any IP for me to SSH into. I was hoping there was some way to connect to it like a terminal though the usb, but there isn't. It was really some poor planning on my part before I went on that trip. I guess I'm used to staying at places that have TVs with HDMI ports I can connect to. This wasn't the case that night in the B&B I was staying in!