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  1. #11
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    I have found a very temporary solution that will probably not work for everyone. I must say I'm not good at this sort of stuff so I will try to answer any questions but I am no expert so helpfully others will help.

    This solution eats up a ton of resources and by no means is it the ultimate fix, but with the lack of anybody offering something better this is what I have done.

    First your pc will need to be a dual-core 2ghz or better and have a few gigs of ram.

    You will need to download and install Virtualbox, I use 3.0 non free version. It is free just not Open Source. You will need to download the app from their site using this link http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

    Do not use the OSE, it does not support USB which you will need.

    Once you have installed Virtualbox you will need to blow the dust off your old Windows XP disk or ISO...

    follow the directions from the link below and start at Creating a Virtual machine.

    once you have Windblows installed you need to activate the guest consepts. You can do this from the menu on your virtual machine. When you do this it will create a virtual cdrom click and run the installation.

    Now you will need to enable USB. Do this when the virtual machine is not running. Open the Virtualbox app and select your xp install. you will see settings on the right hand side. One of your options will be USB enable it and when you do this make sure your wimax addapter is plugged in. select your adapter from the list and BOOM you will see the device in your Windblows virtual machine.

    If you did not do so at the start make sure you have enabled a network adapter in the same menu use the NAT settings. You will need this to download the clear software. If you have a disk don't worry about network settings.

    Start the pig up "Windblows" and you should see the usb adapter in your stack if not then toy with the usb settings in the bottom right corner of your virtual machine.

    Download your Clear software via Internet Exploder or install via the disk.

    Now if all goes well you should have Clear software running and be able to connect to the network in Windblows. If not I will try to help but I am still a NO.ob.

    Now for the tricky stuff. We need to make linux see the clear internet connection.

    Go to your Connection Settings in XP. You should see the Clear device there. Right click and enable Internet Sharing. Shut down your XP and go back to VB. in the network settings enable a second adapter and use host only mode. Make sure to select vboxnet0 in the bottom selection box.

    Now open a terminal and run an ifconfig. You should see vboxnet0.

    Run these two commands
    ifconfig vboxnet0 192.168.0.3 255.255.255.0

    route add default gw 192.168.0.1

    I do not know what those commands do I just know after I run them I have Internet in Ubuntu.

    The good news about this is that you now have Internet. The bad news is it will consume a ton of cpu and ram. Please if anybody can find a better way let me know. As you can tell I hate Windows and do not like it infesting my computer...

    As I said I am a bit of a noob but will try to help.

    A tip if you can find a tutorial to enable and run remote desktop and virtualbox headless mode it runs much lighter then actualy running the whole interface through Virtualbox.

    Hope this helps and please someone fix this!!!!

  2. #12
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    Unhappy Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    Clear has a portable hot spot (wireless router) that uses a rechargeable battery. You plug your Motorola device into the hot spot. Price is a bit steep, but this device could be used in a multiplicity of places.

    They call it the Clear Spot. This device, while not Linux in nature, would enable your laptop to connect to Clear via the wireless device most laptops have.

    I've not found a solution for the lack of compatibility yet.

  3. #13
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    I just got Clear WiMax Internet today, and it meets all my needs at home. I bought the USB Modem and the Clearpoint Personal Hotspot for use outside the home. I can either boot into Windows XP and use the modem, or boot up the hotspot for Linux. Starting up a hotspot a foot away from the netbook is overkill, and I would love to be able to use the modem directly in Linux. I hope that there is someone more technical than I am that can come up with Linux driver support.

    If you look inside Setup.exe, all the files (dll's etc.) are there. Is there any way, perhaps, to use ndiswrapper to get the basic modem driver working in Linux?

    Rod

  4. #14
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    Posted before. Trying to search for a solution to this problem myself.

    No. NDISwrapper does not work. Linux WiMAX does not work. Perhaps the Moblin drivers might. However Moblin is based off of a slimmed down hashed version of Fedora 10 ported by the nice folks at Intel for the 1.6 Atom processor. So good luck.

    After spending a week of my spare time hacking Open Office to install with Java (you would figure it would be as simple as adding a symbolic link but noooooooooooo) I'm pretty exhausted of that distro. Don't get me wrong. As far as flavors go Moblin is pretty solid. Just not very geek friendly.

    Guess im stuck with VM for the time being.

  5. #15
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    Anyways. Don't know what the guy did. While virtual box will recognize the USB drive. Ubuntu and the Virtual Machine, however, will not. And it is driving me nuts. Wonder if VMware will do the trick? Been away from linux for a while. While the learning curve is steep, its a little easier the second time around.

    I'm not to worried about system resources. Have 8 gig of RAM on my notebook (upgraded to run the previous form of Vista, then 7. Ran 7 like a champ) and a 2.1GHz core 2 duo. Linux runs better than Windows past 2 gig. Seems to be a wall, the closer Windows comes to occupying 2gig of RAM the slower it runs. Anything past that and its like molasses. Ready Boost or not.

    I do however need this dongle. So the VM solution is workable. I would hate to sacrifice the penguin on the altar of Windows to the anti-christ Bill Gates.

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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    An update to my previous post.

    I did have a problem with the Clear Spot WiFi router at the beginning. Every morning I had to talk to Clear and have them reset the USB modem for it to work. They were not able to give me a solution to the problem. I finally realized that it was shipped with an older version of firmware. As soon as I download the latest version, it works great.

    I'd still love to have a Linux solution without the Clear Spot WiFi router, but it does work fine.

    Rod
    Last edited by zafo; January 27th, 2010 at 02:37 AM.

  7. #17
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    Quote Originally Posted by majestic-x View Post
    I have found a very temporary solution that will probably not work for everyone. I must say I'm not good at this sort of stuff so I will try to answer any questions but I am no expert so helpfully others will help.

    This solution eats up a ton of resources and by no means is it the ultimate fix, but with the lack of anybody offering something better this is what I have done.

    First your pc will need to be a dual-core 2ghz or better and have a few gigs of ram.

    You will need to download and install Virtualbox, I use 3.0 non free version. It is free just not Open Source. You will need to download the app from their site using this link http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

    Do not use the OSE, it does not support USB which you will need.

    Once you have installed Virtualbox you will need to blow the dust off your old Windows XP disk or ISO...

    follow the directions from the link below and start at Creating a Virtual machine.

    once you have Windblows installed you need to activate the guest consepts. You can do this from the menu on your virtual machine. When you do this it will create a virtual cdrom click and run the installation.

    Now you will need to enable USB. Do this when the virtual machine is not running. Open the Virtualbox app and select your xp install. you will see settings on the right hand side. One of your options will be USB enable it and when you do this make sure your wimax addapter is plugged in. select your adapter from the list and BOOM you will see the device in your Windblows virtual machine.

    If you did not do so at the start make sure you have enabled a network adapter in the same menu use the NAT settings. You will need this to download the clear software. If you have a disk don't worry about network settings.

    Start the pig up "Windblows" and you should see the usb adapter in your stack if not then toy with the usb settings in the bottom right corner of your virtual machine.

    Download your Clear software via Internet Exploder or install via the disk.

    Now if all goes well you should have Clear software running and be able to connect to the network in Windblows. If not I will try to help but I am still a NO.ob.

    Now for the tricky stuff. We need to make linux see the clear internet connection.

    Go to your Connection Settings in XP. You should see the Clear device there. Right click and enable Internet Sharing. Shut down your XP and go back to VB. in the network settings enable a second adapter and use host only mode. Make sure to select vboxnet0 in the bottom selection box.

    Now open a terminal and run an ifconfig. You should see vboxnet0.

    Run these two commands
    ifconfig vboxnet0 192.168.0.3 255.255.255.0

    route add default gw 192.168.0.1

    I do not know what those commands do I just know after I run them I have Internet in Ubuntu.

    The good news about this is that you now have Internet. The bad news is it will consume a ton of cpu and ram. Please if anybody can find a better way let me know. As you can tell I hate Windows and do not like it infesting my computer...

    As I said I am a bit of a noob but will try to help.

    A tip if you can find a tutorial to enable and run remote desktop and virtualbox headless mode it runs much lighter then actualy running the whole interface through Virtualbox.

    Hope this helps and please someone fix this!!!!
    I tried to follow your way but I'm having a little bit of trouble where linux can't see the internet connection in windowsxp. Can you help or give me a resource link where I can find help? Thanks in advance.

  8. #18
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    I am a Field Engineering that work as a contractor for Clearwire 4G WiMax network deployment and was given a Motorola usbw 25100 network card and was told to use this with windows. I do not work as a IT consultant but rather a RF guy and am trying the avoid using windows by all means possible. I read the

    http://community.4gdeveloper.com/att..._forDriver.xml

    from the http://www.linuxwimax.org

    and hopefully will have an answer soon. Technical support from Clearwire wont help me out so I must venture out on my own.

  9. #19
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Ubuntu 10.10
    Kernel 2.6.35-22
    Since my job takes me across the country I went with Clear Mobile Broadband.
    Here is how I got it working in Ubuntu...
    Systems>Preferences>Network Connections
    Mobile Broadband tab>Add
    Ubuntu picks up my wireless device and names it properly...
    'Sierra Wireless Device'
    This is a USB 3G/4G device I purchased when I signed up for Clear Mobile Broadband.
    It lists providers. Clear was not listed. I entered it manually.
    'Clear Mobile Broadband'
    Entered my user name and password I signed up with.
    Bang! I am browsing!


    If you are using Clear at home, and it sees your device under the Wireless tab
    you should be good to go. Ubuntu has to see your device first before you can do anything else.


    I am running both Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.10 on my old (2002!) Compaq laptop.

    The beauty of running Clear in Ubuntu is, you DO NOT have to mess with their crappy Connection Manager software that Windows uses!

  10. #20
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    Re: I need help with clear wireless internet/USB

    Have same issue with Ubuntu and my Clear USB device just not working. Been bouncing back to this for over a year and a half now, occasionally looking around for new info or advice. Initially I was told the same thing as someone else above by the Clear store tech guy in that there was no design or plan for the Clear company/service to implement any connection manager software for its Linux users. IMO, bad call there Clear.

    I am going to try flat49head's fix tomorrow, and just cannot believe it will be that simple. Will post my result when I get it figured out.

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