Author Topic: USB Broadband  (Read 4477 times)


  • Vectorian
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USB Broadband
« on: February 18, 2010, 08:11:01 pm »
I just had a guy in the house of a company promoting their broadband wireless
over a USB drive. We could not make it work. One reason is that there could be no
signal or it needs an installation of some sort, however, all the files were .exe.

Should WICD Manager have dedected it if there were signals? It tried, briefly and
then the bar for detecting stopped moving. We could not use netconfig since the
chap did not know the domain name.


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  • Vectorian
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Re: USB Broadband
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 04:01:15 am »
Wicd is a GUI front wend for several things.

You have not provided enough information to really answer or provide
a direction to go.

How if any is the authentication setup? (PPPoe, PPPoa)

What is the network setup?

Is this a static IP?

Did you see any output from Dmesg or /var/log ?

Some of those answers will get a start.



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Re: USB Broadband
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010, 05:30:54 am »
My internet access is through a wireless carrier. Did he try it through Windows? The carriers always supply a "Connection Manager" package for the modem to be used in MS systems. That will always give signal strength. Most of the usb modems that are used for these services can be used just as though they where a dialup modem. Many of them though have to be initialized through MS first before you can actually connect with them in linux. In linux, you can use any dial-up package to connect with them. I use some scripts and the command "pppd call cdma" to connect with my Pantech modem. Are you inside the U.S.? Who is the carrier for the service?

It's a shame the fellow didn't leave it with you for a few days. Probably could get it to work.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2010, 01:52:55 pm by gamfa »
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Re: USB Broadband
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010, 07:57:15 pm »
Thanks! I will follow-up on the suggestions. We have no MS around so I will have the
sales rep come back with an USB wireless already initialized in MS.