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Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband is very hyped at the moment in Denmark, You can’t turn on the TV, without seeing a commercial with somebody getting on-line in the bus, on the beach on somewhere else, by inserting a little USB key into a laptop.

At work a got such a mobile broadband USB device, so i can be on-line everywhere πŸ™‚

And off cause i would like to use this device on Fedora 9. As usual the is no Linux support from the supplier, in Windows, you just plug in the device and it contains a little USB storage CD-ROM image with the Windows drivers.

After a little search on the web, i found this howto

Before i started i placed the supplied SIM card in my mobile phone enter the PUK code and enter a new PIN code and changed the security setting, so that a PIN code is not needed.

After playing around for a while i got it to work, but i really hate to do all that installation from source and i got multiple installation where i want to use the device, so i started to work on making some RPM’s.

I was time to give all the stuff i have learned from reading spot’s great presentation on making rpms.

here is the result:


Now it is much easier to get it up and running

get the dkms-hso, hso-udev & hsolink rpm’s and do:

yum install –nogpgcheck dkms-hso*.rpm hso-udev*.rpm hsolink*.rpm

usermod -a -G uucp youruserid

Download the hsoconnect-py2.5-1.1.83-2.noarch.rpm from here and do:

yum install –nogpgcheck hsoconnect*.rpm

plug in your usb device and use ‘Application -> Internet -> HSOConnect’ to start the dialer.

Click on ‘Connect’ and i was online.

It look like the need for dkms-hso package is only needed for a while, because there is work in progress to get the hso driver into the upstream kernel.

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  1. Fred
    June 28, 2008 at 15:56

    I just purchased a similar service to Mobile broadband, called “Portable internet” from Rogers here in Canada.

    And I have to say I am quite impressed.

    Just plug the Modem into power, and the other end into Ethernet and no set-up is required. Fedora 9 sees the modem/Network and automatically just works!

    We are “Last Mile” customers ( Just a few miles too far away, so we are unable to get DSL and have no cablevision here ).

    I managed to negotiate $19.95 a month, $75 for the modem and no set-up fees on “Portable Internet Basic”:

    I know this sounds like an advertisement, and I have read some other users of this product are not having as as much luck as me, but I am just tickled pink that I am actually getting something as advertised from a Telco. πŸ™‚

  2. spot
    June 29, 2008 at 05:59

    I’m glad that my presentation was useful to you!

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