Using Virgin Mobile Broadband with wvdial

Posted: Wed, 10 February 2010 | permalink | No comments

File Under: Stuff I'm guaranteed to forget if I don't write it down

I just went a bit wild and decided to get myself some mobile broadband love -- I'm finding that I crave a bit of light 'net when I'm out and about, and an impending change in circumstances will mean that I'm out and about a lot more than I am currently.

I have:

My wvdial.conf stanza looks like:

[Dialer virgin]
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Init3 = AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP" "VirginBroadband"
Stupid Mode = 1
ISDN = 0
Phone = *99#
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Modem Type = USB Modem
Username = irrelevant
Dial Command = ATDT
Password = irrelevant
Baud = 460800

I also had to disable CHAP (by putting -chap in /etc/ppp/options, although I suspect the same would have worked in /etc/ppp/peers/wvdial).

After that, a simple sudo wvdial virgin and I was away.

Scarily enough, there was actually some useful information on the Virgin support site regarding the settings, which helped me confirm that I was on the right track. I have no doubt that the universe will find some alternate means of punishing me down the line.

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