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Join Date: Nov 2008
Vodafone 3G - 11-23-2008, 05:20 PM
We've had a Vodafone supplied Mini 9 for a couple of weeks, now running Dell's Ubuntu 8.04 and connecting OK so I figured I'd share how to do that .
You will need: Vodafone Dell Mini 9, 2GB+ USB drive, Internet connection, these instructions
It's probably worth checking your card/SIM works OK in Windows, you'll need to call Vodafone and get it activated, then put the SIM in a Vodafone/unlocked handset and go online with it.
There are three basic steps: Install Ubuntu, get the card recognised by the operating system and get it talking to Vodafone
Install Dell's Ubuntu build (download, dd to a USB drive and boot off it) and run through the basic setup options.
Reboot to make sure things get picked up, then check /var/log/syslog for a USB modem driver (or 10!). The modem is now recognised by the system, it just remains to get it talking with Vodafone.
Install minicom, connect to /dev/ttyUSB10 with 460800 8N1 then enter the following commands
AT+CFUN=1 AT+CGATT=1 AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","Internet" ATD*99#
sudo modprobe -r option sudo modprobe option
usepeerdns modem defaultroute /dev/ttyUSB10 460800 user "web" connect '/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/chatscripts/ppp0' persist
ABORT 'BUSY' ABORT 'NO CARRIER' ABORT 'ERROR' '' AT OK AT+CFUN=1 OK AT+CGATT=1 OK AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","Internet" OK ATD*99#
iface ppp0 inet ppp provider ppp0 auto ppp0
pppd call ppp0
Some final notes:
Ubuntu 8.10 picks up the device in NetworkManager but doesn't connect, I suppose using 8.10 you can go straight to the minicom/PPP steps and it should work, not tested that though. The default route is a bit screwy, the destination shows up as 0.0.0.0 instead of the IP of the other end of the ppp connection - you can edit the interface file to 'nodefaultroute' and add a script into /etc/ppp/ip-up.d to set it up properly though.
Hope that helps, thanks to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=941079 for how to get the modem recognised and my mate who speaks in AT commands .
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