[clug] OT: very short term wifi broadband?

Ian Bardsley ifb777 at tpg.com.au
Sun Feb 28 04:02:56 MST 2010

Hi Carlo

I'm using Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) on all 4 of my computers one of which has 
an AMD 64bit processor.  FWIW,  I did try the Telstra device on 2 
machines with the same results.

A further bit of information on the Vodafone option.  I discovered this 
evening when I tried to upload a file to my mobile phone that the 
process of installing the Vodafone software broke my bluetooth setup.  
Uninstalling Bluez and associated packages and re-installing fixed the 
problem without impact to the Mobile Broadband.  It seems that bluetooth 
also makes use of usb-modeswitch, something that I didn't know.  Ya 
Lives and Learns.

Have fun

Ian Bardsley

Carlo Hamalainen wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 5:20 PM, Ian Bardsley <ifb777 at tpg.com.au> wrote:
>> Despite an evening of Googling and trying a variety of set ups, my device
>> refused to "Hot Plug".  The only way that I could get a connection was to
>> plug in the USB dongle and reboot.  After this process, network manager
>> would show the device as connected but I was unable to browse to the outside
>> world until I had disconnected and reconnected sometimes 2 and occasionally
>> 3 times.  Whilst not a critical issue,  I found this behaviour a little
>> annoying (me not being a tolerant person).
> That's pretty annoying. Out of curiosity, which distribution of Linux
> are you running?
>> Following the guide provided in the above link I now have a fully functional
>> mobile broadband facility that hot plugs,  retains the ability to emulate a
>> USB memory stick and connects and disconnects on demand.  The software also
>> monitors usage and provides a bargraph of usage for both the current and
>> previous month. neat!
> That's pretty good. The only way I have found to see the balance of
> the Telstra MF626 modem is to connect using minicom and give it some
> long command. A menu pops up but I had trouble actually getting it to
> do anything because it kept spitting out some AT message at me
> (reminds me of the days of 14.4k modems and messing with mammoth init
> strings and other silly things).
> It sounds like the Vodaphone option is better than the Telstra one at
> the moment.

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