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This document guides Linux users to be able to use Novatel Wireless cards on any graphical Linux distribution. The setup instructions in this document has been tested with Ubuntu Linux 8.04. For setup on other Linux distributions, you should still be able to follow the instructions after you download and install the necessary software packages outlined below.
Please contact Novatel Wireless technical support only if you are experiencing problems with the modem card itself.
This document describes
using a Novatel Wireless Modem on the Linux platform using open source software packages.
Before you can connect to the wireless network service provider with a Novatel Wireless modem, you will need the following:
Most dialer software does not support display of network information (signal strengths, network service type, and connectivity status).
Your computer must have drivers to recognize and use the device.
Choose automatic system configuration package for:
distributions use the dpkg software manager
Ubuntu and derivatives
distributions use the rpm software manager
Other linux systems do not use the dpkg or rpm software management system (or use either). Most of those are for advanced users. Some will able to use either dpkg or rpm (may need to install first), for others a manual installation will be required, using either of the packages as a guideline.
Note: The automatic system packages do NOT require source code changes since it uses the existing drivers. The best driver will be configured for kernels 2.4.x and 2.6.x using devfs or udev. For 2.4.x kernels there is a performance penalty (~500Kbps througput due to "usbserial" module).
The pppd daemon controls the connection to the network in Linux. You may configure the daemon directly and control the connection through command-line commands. However, many front-ends exist to make the configuration and use of the pppd easier.Virtually all of these front-ends are generic (support wiri, wired, modem, DSL,...) From the list below, only umtsmon is specific to UMTS wireless modems.
Basic Dialer Setup
Detailed example: KPPP Dialer on Ubuntu.
The network indication available is by the LED on the wireless card.
Other Troubleshooting Information