[ubuntu-za] How to get the iBurst USB modem (iBurst Kyocera UTU03-178D-ZA-A) to work on the Internet
nick.michael at ptaisp.co.za
Fri May 11 14:26:24 UTC 2012
Thanks for the info I am downloading this "as we speak"
I will letr you know what happens
(Sent from ptaisp.co.za)
On 10/05/2012 16:25, Peter Nel wrote:
> On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM, Peter Nel <fourdots at gmail.com
> <mailto:fourdots at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Nico Michael wrote:
> Hi there
> My ISP (iBurst) gave me an iBurst USB modem (iBurst Kyocera
> UTU03-178D-ZA-A) which I want to use to connect my laptop to the
> Internet when I am out of the office and at work or home to
> still be
> able to use wifi.
> Is there any one here who has done this successfully?
> I am afraid of untested solutions, as I know Ubuntu has become
> brittle and can't afford to break my Ubuntu
> Kind regards
> Nico Michael
> (Sent from ptaisp.co.za <http://ptaisp.co.za>)
> I've done this a couple of times in previous versions of Ubuntu.
> It was stable after I actually got it right, though it doesn't
> integrate with your nice networking icons etc.
> My modem is UTU03-1785D-ZA-A (note the '5', perhaps you left it out?)
> You have to build the driver source, linux old school style :-) I
> think the build script loads the driver afterwards too.
> FYI: Like all linux drivers it is a 'kernel module' (once
> compiled) that get's loaded into the kernel. The module is
> associated with the vendor/product numbers of the device.
> The kernel processes the "plug in" signal that it receives when
> you plug in your USB device. The kernel then reads the
> vendor/product code from the device, and hands off communication
> over that usb channel to the driver-module that matches the
> vendor/product. So if nothing matches, no driver gets loaded or is
> given control.
> From that respect it's quite safe... worst case you load a driver
> that does nothing. Building the files also just compiles source
> code into a binary module - just files that otherwise lay there on
> the hard drive.
> Note that the ibdriver on sourceforge is for kernel 2.6.36. Ubuntu
> is currently on 3.2.0-24.
> This did cause some problems with the build, and you have to
> change a line of code in one or two files. Basically copy-paste.
> I also think you have to rebuild the driver every time the kernel
> is updated.
> I don't have the details right now. You'll have to search the web,
> or wait for me to post back here, because I actually also have to
> do this setup on a netbook... wife's been asking me for over a
> month now. Guess now's a good time to finally do it.
> Péter Nel
> Good news someone has created a PPA that builds and installs
> everything, and also keeps the driver up to date as kernels and ubuntu
> releases change.
> I got it to work without rp-pppoe client or any further effort! Just
> install the ppa, and run pppoeconf to setup connection as explained.
> I am struggling with the modem sometimes not picking up signal...
> trying to replug it, reboot, etc. until I see some pattern.
> TIPS (commands):
> dmesg | tail - shows system picking up a usb device and assigning
> driver when you plug it in
> lsusb - list usb devices including the ib modem
> iwconfig - list wireless devices, should show signal info for 'ib0' if
> driver picked it up
> pon dsl-provider, poff, plog - pppoe commands to connect, disconnect,
> and show setting up of connection with ISP
> ifconfig - shows network connections & IP adresses, iburst connection
> should give 'ppp0' details
> route - shows if you have a default route via the iburst connection
> (wifi or ethernet connections may interfere here, e.g. when going down
> they leave no default route. Reconnecting iburst should reset it)
> This useful combo command enables you to continuously view activity:
> watch 'iwconfig ib0 && plog && ifconfig ppp0'
> Péter Nel
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