[clug] 3G Wireless (Dell WWAN 5520) on Notebook

David Cottrill cottrill.david at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 10:18:41 GMT 2009

OK,  just insert garbage into the username and password fields (or ring
Vodafone and don't mention Linux - they may have changed since last time I
used one of thier devices)
Also - can you please post the contents of /etc/ppp/peers/* to me - or
anyone else who is interested in this as I'm not really sure everyone is
interested in troubleshooting WWAN.
What does dmesg | tail give back after a connection attempt?
Can you haul up the syslogs for a connection attempt (they may take a while
to appear)?
Have you tried connecting using command line?
      'pppconfig' and then 'pon [what ever you named the connection]
      The number to dial is *99#


On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 8:05 AM, Karun Dambiec <kdambiec at ieee.org> wrote:

> On Sat, 28 Feb 2009 09:57:04 am you wrote:
> > Depends on the kernel - as of 2.6.25 most wireless WAN devices just work
> -
> > prior to that it is more hit and miss.
> > You'd need Debian Lenny or Ubuntu 8.10 for better than 2.6.25.
> > Regardless, have a look at lsusb and/or dmesg | tail to see what is
> > happening.
> > If lsusb doesn't have a text string to describe the device there is a
> fair
> > chance that the device won't be recognised fully. If that is the case it
> is
> > not a tragedy, it just means you either have to update or manually tell
> > usboption to recognise it - this doesn't carry a great risk of bricking
> the
> > device as that is the usual role of firmware hacks.
> >
> > If your provider is telstra you'll need to insert username and password -
> > for anyone else you 'should' be able to just hit connect and expect it to
> > work.
> >
> The provider is vodafone.
> lsusb shows the following
> Bus 002 Device 002: ID 413c:8138 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 5520 Voda I
> Mobile Broadband (3G HSDPA) Minicard EAP-SIM Port
> It appears to start connecting, but then disconnects as it is unable to
> authenticate.
> Regards
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