Well, as I'm off to The Hague for the rest of the year, I need some kind of Internet in the evening. So off to KPN to get a umts card (or dongel as they call it). For late night gaming I've also bought a PSP :-)
Well, to make a long story short: this stuff is hard to get working in Ubuntu. When you insert the dongle it is first seen as a cdrom..., only after you successfully install the Windows software it will become a modem. Who comes up with this kind of crap?
Get it working
First of all I needed the info in this bugreport.
I've also had to edit
/etc/rc.local I had to include:
modprobe usbserial vendor=0x19d2 product=0x0015
So that the
usbserial driver gets loaded. The product id is
when it is a modem and
0x2000 when it is a cdrom...
lsusb what the product ID for your card is.
You will also need a
APN string/number for you provider.
This site is
KPN it is
internet. The (bogus) username and password are also
To finally log in I need umtsmon.
Making the call
umtsmon and set it to use the APN for your provider, in this
To actual use it:
Make sure to
usbserial module is loaded!
- Kill network-manager:
- Insert the dongle into an USB port
- Wait for some time as the dongle is first seen as a cdrom, and only
thereafter as a modem... sigh.
dmesgyou should see references to
- Start umtsmon:
- Click "connect"
Then you should see your
ppp0 connection some to life. And I'm online!
The real problem is: no one tells you the dongle will act as a CDROM-drive for the first xx seconds. The PCMCIAa/PCExpress dongle acts likewise.
Another thing: the pseudo CDROM contains W*-drivers, and after installing that software on a W*-system and re-inserting the dongle, it's a CDROM for 0 seconds.