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.
- Hardware: Huawei E160e USB dongle, USB ID 12d1:1003
- Provider: Virgin Mobile Australia Prepaid
- OS: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 with an upgraded 2.6.32 kernel
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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