A month with no net connection

How crappy a net connection must be to call it ‘no net connection’? It must be unreliable, slow and with horrible lag. Just like mine for last 3 weeks. And when I say ‘unreliable’ I mean ‘it is there for several hours then gone for two days’. Meaning — very unreliable 🙂 Anyway, today I bought a mobile broadband modem from 3uk and things are back to normal. The signal is very weak where I live so while it does connect to HSDPA network speed is not very impressive but having a permanent connection again is like breath of fresh air 😉

Since this is the first time I’m using mobile modem I was a bit unsure how to actually use it with Linux. Various HOWTOs on the net suggested wildly different things, ranging from installing special hotplug software to upgrading Network Manager to manually configuring wvdial. Fortunately it turned out to be much easier.

3UK mobile broadband Huawei E220 modem Ubuntu Linux HOWTO

Ok, it’s kind of a joke to name it a HOWTO since it can’t get much easier than that 🙂 Here’s what you need to do:

GnomePPP main window

GnomePPP main window

Enter username/password: three/three, phone number is *99#. Click Setup.

GnomePPP setup window

GnomePPP setup window

Click ‘Detect’. Your modem should be discovered on one of the ttyUSB ports. If it’s not there’s no point in trying to do it manually. If that happens (it did once for me) try to unplug your modem and plug it again. Select ‘USB Modem’ as modem type and speed 460800. Click Close. Click Connect. Enjoy 🙂

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One Response to “A month with no net connection”

  1. Neil Vince Says:

    Great, I’ve started linking to posts like this from my blog.

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