Mobile Broadband on my F9 + SingTel’s e169 usb dongle


I am really pleased to note that Fedora 9 (esp the LiveCD) works off the bat with the Huawei E169 USB broaband device. I have just subscribed to the mobile broadband with SingTel for about S$15 a month for 50GB traffic “1000” plan. I just plugged the USB dongle into the machine (both a laptop and a desktop), and NetworkManager showed up an entry “GSM Network” “Auto GSM network connection”. Clicking on it, a few swirls later, viola, am on the network. Nothing to be done and all things just work. Excellent work developers!

A note about the Huawei E169 USB dongle: it has a micro SD slot and came with a 1GB memory card. I think it will be cool to be able to load a F9 live USB image into that 1GB card and use whole deal on any machine! Sweet!

9 thoughts on “Mobile Broadband on my F9 + SingTel’s e169 usb dongle

  1. I was very pleased to read that NetworkManager appears to support the Huawei E169 out of the box. Is the device’s memory also detected and auto mounted like a USB stick as well? Can you get traffic data from the device? Like you can on Windows? Thanks.
    I don’t have windows, so I cannot say what else is detected, but for sure, there are two mount points that appear – one a readonly CDish partition containing the code for installing that dongle on a windows machine and the other the flash disk.
    Because the account I have only does data, I am not sure if there are other functionalities like SMS etc that can be made with the device.

      1. The vodaphone stuff works as well, and I would like to see if part of the standard Fedora repo. I have contacted the authors as listed in the credits section and hopefully they will agree.

      2. This will check the repository, see if it needs cleaning, and perform the necessary operations. Its a safe command, you can even start it, and keep on working on the same repository.

  2. modem hangup
    Aug 5 18:38:02 matanui kernel: PPP generic driver version 2.4.2
    Aug 5 18:38:02 matanui pppd[3472]: pppd 2.4.4 started by root, uid 0
    Aug 5 18:38:02 matanui pppd[3472]: Using interface ppp0
    Aug 5 18:38:02 matanui pppd[3472]: Connect: ppp0 /dev/ttyUSB0
    Aug 5 18:38:02 matanui NetworkManager: impl_ppp_manager_need_secrets(): Cleared secrets, but setting didn’t need any secrets.
    Aug 5 18:38:02 matanui pppd[3472]: Unable to obtain CHAP password for matanui.datalogica.com on UMTS_CHAP_SRVR from plugin
    Aug 5 18:38:02 matanui pppd[3472]: No CHAP secret found for authenticating us to UMTS_CHAP_SRVR
    Aug 5 18:38:05 matanui NetworkManager: impl_ppp_manager_need_secrets(): Cleared secrets, but setting didn’t need any secrets.
    Aug 5 18:38:05 matanui pppd[3472]: Unable to obtain CHAP password for matanui.datalogica.com on UMTS_CHAP_SRVR from plugin
    Aug 5 18:38:05 matanui pppd[3472]: No CHAP secret found for authenticating us to UMTS_CHAP_SRVR
    Aug 5 18:38:05 matanui pppd[3472]: CHAP authentication succeeded
    Aug 5 18:38:05 matanui pppd[3472]: CHAP authentication succeeded
    Aug 5 18:38:05 matanui NetworkManager: (ttyUSB0): device state change: 5 -> 7
    Aug 5 18:38:05 matanui kernel: PPP Deflate Compression module registered
    Aug 5 18:38:23 matanui pppd[3472]: Modem hangup
    mine is a fedora9 coming from a fedora8 upgrade, and this caused many issues (see fedora-ml)
    i would try to connect using a live-cd
    sorry for stupid question: which image do u have, if there are many of them?
    i suppose there is only one, that relaesed when fedora9 was (13-5-2008)
    tia
    maurizio

    1. Re: is this your’s one?
      Yes. I wanted to ensure that the generally available Fedora 9 live CD was able to work with the e169 off the bat – which it does. So, I would suggest that you do the same as well. I am sure that there are ways to make the F8->F9 updated system work as well, but my objective was to show that it worked without any additional work in Fedora 9.

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