Re: 3G USB support for NM 0.7.0

On Wed, 2009-12-23 at 19:54 -0500, Keith Smith wrote:
> Hi,
>    I am trying to get my Sierra Wireless 598 CDMA USB modem to work.
> I am running Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) which came preloaded on Dell mini
> Inspiron 1210 (like a netbook)
> I cannot (easily) upgrade the kernel or distro due to custom Dell
> hardware kernel drivers (WiFi driver "wl" is proprietary).
> I am using dual boot (DOS/XP/Ubuntu) with GRUB 1.0 in the MBR, don't
> want to upgrade to GRUB2 (comes with Ubuntu 8.10) since I have a
> working freedos bootable USB drive with GRUB1 for dos installer (just
> in case).
> I believe that Ubunutu 9.x fully supports the Sierra Wireless 598 out
> of the box... cannot upgrade as stated above.

The "wl" driver is actually apart of Ubuntu. We are working to making
the installation of it seemless in the 10.04 release.

Though what you can do is move to Ubuntu 9.10. Then connect the It via
ethernet. Then go to System->Hadware Drivers . This will then grab the
driver from the net and install it. A reboot and your ready to go. You
can also try this with a live session.

Also this thread may help (comment #6):

The "wl" driver is actually a product of Broadcom, who currently does
not have a completely open driver. Though work is being done to make it
easier to deal with.

> I have upgraded to the latest released Network Manager 0.7.0 and
> Modem Manager 0.0+20081126t163712.bf522e3.mbm.f2-0ubuntu2
> using apt-get etc.
> I have downloaded, compiled and installed the latest Sierra Wireless
> driver (v.1.7.8) for my kernel (2.6.24)
> USB connects fine on Windows XP computer, device is activated.
> Kernel: 2.6.24-22-lpia
> I am able to connect to internet using the following:
> 1) plug into any USB slot, kernel detects device, ignores tru-install
> 2) I run usb_modeswitch to change from "mass storage" to "modem"
>    kernel then detects it is Sierra Modem (dmesg)
>    /ttyUSB0 to /ttyUSB4 devices are available
> 3) wvdial into /dev/ttuUSB0
> 4) pppd
> 5) manually adding required routes to routing table (local IP, remote
> IP, and gateway)
> 6) manually adding DNS entries in /etc/resolve.conf
>   I can script items 1 to 4, but have trouble with 5 and 6 because
> Network manager will overwrite them...
>   Now I understand there is a plug-in mechanism to add USB BroadBand
> Mobile devices to network manager, by copying existing examples...I
> will need help to find and configure them...
>   Since the kernel does not detect the USB modem without sending
> usb_modeswitch... is there any hope to getting network manager to work
> with a D-Bus signal/message?
> Thanks,
> Keith.
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