Ubuntu + Broadband2Go Working!!!!

It has been a long journey but I got there. (warning: long geek post)

This is with Ubuntu 9.05 (Jaunty).

  • First you will need to activate the USB Dongle through a XP workstation.
  • You will also need to add gnome-ppp through Synaptic Package Manager.

  • Following this, you need to edit the USB_ModeSwitch.conf
  • (sudo gedit /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf)
  • add the following section and save:
########################################################
# Novatel U760 USB modem
#
# Contributor: Richard Laager

DefaultVendor= 0x1410
DefaultProduct= 0x5031

TargetVendor= 0x1410
TargetProduct= 0x6002

# only for reference
MessageEndpoint=0x08

MessageContent="5553424312345678000000000000061b000000020000000000000000000000"


########################################################

  • Insert the modem in a USB port.
  • type lsusb and look for the vendor product settings for Novatel.
  • You should see "ID 1410:5031"
  • type usb_modeswitch
  • type lsusb and now you should see "ID 1410:6002"
  • type sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x1410 product=0x6002
  • launch gnome-ppp with sudo
  • (sudo gnome-ppp) not good practice but it works for the moment.
  • click setup and then click on detect modem
  • set speed at 460800
  • Under the Options tab, click the box on "Ignore Terminal Strings (stupid mode)
  • Click Close
  • Username and password are both: "Internet"
  • Dial number is #777
  • and you are on your way.
A couple of notations.
  • If you remove and re-insert the modem you have to restart with usb_modswitch.
  • The configuration (?) is not holding from one bootup to the next. so you need to---
  • start with usb_modeswitch each bootup including sudo modeprobe.
Its not pretty, but it is working and I am a happy camper.

(Editor's Note: Edited on 7/31/09. The USB_ModeSwitch.conf section was being cut off, so I have reduced the font size.)

(Editor's Note: Edited on 10/15/09. RabidWeezle wrote a python/gtk front end for the USB_modeswitch method. He has setup a google code site for the VMDialer app: http://code.google.com/p/vmdialer/)




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