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I'm going to Spain in a few weeks, and was planning on taking my laptop (my 2nd sig rig) which is running Xubuntu 8.10. There is no cable/DSL broadband where I am staying, but there will be a mobile phone signal, which leads me to 3G broadband. I don't want to get a mobile dongle here, as the roaming charges on data are extortionate (£1/Mb!), so my plan was to buy a pay-as-you-go dongle while I'm over there. My question is, are there Linux drivers for the various providers of mobile broadband dongles? If so, I'll download all of them, and when I know which one I end up buying, I'll compile the relevant driver.
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Frankly, with drivers 99% of the time it's included in the kernel, or it doesn't exist. Try to get the latest kernel you can, and hope, is pretty much the best advice I can give there.
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I'm hoping so - I had to compile the WiFi driver though, as the default one isn't quite compatible with Ubuntu (I'm not sure if the issue lies with the kernal driver not being right for the Aspire One, or Ubuntu getting funny with the kernal driver).
I wanted to be as prepared as I can, as without internet access over there (if the dongle doesn't work from the word go), I can't get any support either!
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Pretty much any dongle you receive will work. However, you will need a modem init string and phone number to dial (these are glorified dialup modems, after all; just at much higher speeds). You'll probably have to search the web to find this information, once you know who the GSM provider is.
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That cool man, I'm hoping that it would come with the dialup information (presuming the init string would be ATZ anyway?). It'll be on GPRS or hopefully 3G - that said, I know jack about those technologies other than they are meant for data rather than the old A/D/A conversion of modems and phone lines (I guess they're digital?). Anyway, that's irrelevant I guess
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Nope the init string will be long and complex and if you get one character wrong, you will not be able to connect.

Here's an example - T-Mobile UK:

The modem init string is:

Code:
AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","general.t-mobile.uk"
Yes, exactly like that, with quotation marks and everything.

And the phone number is:

Code:
*99***1#
Yes, exactly like that.
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Haha, it figures I guess. I mean, ATZ has been working for years as a dial-up init string, so why not make it much more complex??
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depending on the mobile device it could work otherwise NDIS Wrapper maybe work too, though i am not sure.

only thing i am i thinking is that there maybe a 3G network available but you may not be able to connect at 3G speed down to which network provider you go with.

o2 is owned by telefonica so my best assumption is that you can take advantage of the 3G network in that way, but i am not to sure about others.

if you cant get 3G signal its not going to be much faster in than dial up, if thats the case it maybe worth just not over complicating and go to a Internet Cafe.

dunno if this helps.

Anjokid

EDIT: sorry misread.

Try NDS WRAPPER try get a Huawei modem as they are pretty good compatiblility.
Edited by anjokid - 2/25/09 at 3:03am
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