Mobile broadband dongle for Linux?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by David W EEE Roberts, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. A quick search of this NG doesn't seem to offer any recent information.

    I would like mobile broadband for my ASUS EEE PC and also to be able to use
    the same dongle with my Win2K portable.

    Most mobile offerings claim to support Windows and Mac.

    Do they all work with Linux - or some/none?

    Any recommendations?
    This would be for use when travelling - I have a fixed Broadband connection
    at home.


    Dave R
    David W EEE Roberts, Jan 3, 2009
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    Stephen Ward Guest

    There is going to be an article on this in the next Linux Format Mag out
    in a little over a week - may be worth giving that a look when it pops up.
    Stephen Ward, Jan 3, 2009
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    Graham J Guest

    If you plug the mobile modem (dongle) into the USB port of a router
    (typically a Vigor) then you can connect any sort of computer (even several
    computers) to the router's LAN ports and achieve a truly flexible solution.
    Graham J, Jan 3, 2009
  4. You will note that this is for use when I am travelling - I have a fixed
    Broadband connetion for home use.

    Therefore I have no particular desire to carry a router as well as my

    I also see limited value in supporting multiple PCs as I'm only likely to be
    carrying one.

    However it is interesting that some routers support USB mobile dongles -
    most USB ports on routers are for connection to PCs as an alternative to an
    Ethernet connection and so would not be suitable.

    Any details on the Vigor model(s) providing this feature?
    David W EEE Roberts, Jan 4, 2009
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    A Tennyson Guest

    A Tennyson, Jan 4, 2009
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    Roger Mills Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,

    I've got a Huawei E160G USB Mobile dongle tied to '3' - which I bought to
    use with my Win-XP laptop when away from home.

    However, I've just experimenting with Ubuntu Linux (running from a CD rather
    than being installed) and that recognises the dongle ok, and connects to the
    internet. You don't get the '3' user interface, but that doesn't seem to
    Email address maintained for newsgroup use only, and not regularly
    monitored.. Messages sent to it may not be read for several weeks.
    Roger Mills, Jan 4, 2009
  7. That is a feature, not an issue I reckon :)
    The Natural Philosopher, Jan 5, 2009
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    Steve Hayes Guest

    I just got a Huawei E160 on T-Mobile which works fine with the Xandros
    version EEE. I can't immediately recall what was needed to set it up (it's
    in the network settings) but it was much quicker and easier than
    installing it in Windows (which I've also done).

    As I understand it, this is the case with most if not all of the Huawei
    dongles and perhaps others as well.

    The dongle also installs easily and works fine with Kubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid)
    but I updated my other machines rather than trying to get it working with 8.04.

    You might need to ensure the EEE is fully updated - I don't know if this makes a

    There are many devices like this which work fine in Linux but are labeled as
    Windows and perhaps Mac only since the suppliers don't want to support other
    systems and there are umpteen different Linux versions. Unfortunately, there
    are other devices which really don't work in Linux and there are some which
    use varying chipsets in the same apparent model where some work and others
    don't. Grrr... Google may reveal what falls into each category and what's
    needed to get them working.

    Good luck but you should be OK.
    Steve Hayes, Jan 5, 2009
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    Abo Guest

    I'll confirm this, I tried my brother-in-law's '3' USB dongle with my HP
    laptop running Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) a couple of days ago. Ubuntu
    detected it and configured it all automatically. Once I'd told it to use
    the dongle instead of my dad's wifi it just connected and worked.
    Abo, Jan 6, 2009
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