The guide Rex pointed you to is good, but assumes too much for the typical
person to get started.
The first question is do you have a WinModem, or an External Serial USR
Hardware Modem (or USB Hardware Modem)? You can find some USR External
Serial Hardware Modems on www.ebay.com that are reasonable.
If so, you need to go to the http://www.linmodems.org/ site,
then download the ScanModem.tool and execute that script to get the
information on the modem. Then subscribe to the Linmodems discussion list.
Send Marvin an email (in plain text..ONLY) to the discussion list.
He will analyze your results and get back to you on what to do to get
the correct drivers to get the Modem working.
You can also search the archives posted there for your model and read
those messages about how others have tried to get theirs working.
Use EDIT then FIND for your model and search each month for responses
to keep from pouring over each months' ton of postings.
Once that is done you're 80% done.........or you can use an External USR
Hardware Modem with your serial port or USB to serial Adapter and forget
the extra multiple days' hassel of the Winmodem..........
If you don't have a serial port, or want to use a USB port check out
The USB to Serial Converter is from www.newegg.com and is a
N82E16812156008 SABRENT 1 ft. USB to Serial db9 Male RS-232 (9-pin)
Converter Model SBT-USC1M - Retail @ $10.99.
These work wonderful with wvdial, etc.
DIALUP ISP's supporting Linux:
I use Copper.net, but you can search the Forum to find an ISP that
supports Linux. Copper.net is Nationwide in the USA, with access numbers
in just about every town.
Once that decision is made, you will need to set up the pap-secrets and/or
chap-secrets file by running the following in a Terminal Window:
You will need your userlogin, password, ISP provider information, and
pap or chap information for the connection. (You can set up pap and
then chap, if pap doesn't work.) Basically you just answer the questions
that are presented. You can delete a configurations and start over if
you need to from the menu selections.
For more information try:
pap-secrets file contains:
(NOTE: File Format has changed for versions later than 8.04)
Now that ppp is setup, why don't you install wvdial and it's dependencies and
# OUTBOUND connections
# Here you should add your userid password to connect to your providers via
# PAP. The * means that the password is to be used for ANY host you connect
# to. Thus you do not have to worry about the foreign machine name. Just
# replace password with your password.
# If you have different providers with different passwords then you better
# remove the following line.
# * password
"firstname.lastname@example.org" provider "yourpassword"
see if wvdial detects the modem. You might find it works......
You need to download wvdial and the following dependencies for 10.04,
or whatever version you have installed......
wvdial & dependencies:
Select 10.04 -> Communications Programs -> wvdial 1.60.3
Download these with XP or Ubuntu, then copy the *.deb files to USB Flash Drive,
& then to Ubuntu subdirectory /var/cache/apt/archives & then install using Synaptic Package Manager.....ie.
OR you can go to SYSTEM -> ADMINISTRATION -> SOFTWARE SOURCES
sudo cp ~/Downloads/mydebs/*.deb /var/cache/apt/archives
and check the box for installable from CDROM/DVD.........then
insert your LiveCD and install from the CDR.
Power up the modem, and connect it to your serial port.
In a Terminal window do:
You should get a configuration file like this at
sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
/etc/wvdial.conf (you may need to add a few things...)
Now assuming that your pap-secrets and or your chap-secrets file is
Auto DNS = yes
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Modem Type = USB Modem
Baud = 48800
New PPPD = yes
Stupid mode = yes
;carrier check = no
Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
ISDN = 0
Phone = 4460568
Password = yourpassword
Username = email@example.com
correct you should be able to use wvdial to dial the connection with:
You should hear the modem go OFFHOOK with dialtone, Dial, and connect.
REMEMBER after wvdial dials, you can pick up a handset and monitor the
activity by listening to what is going on with the communications.
If your config file is correct you should authenticate and then control
will be passed to ppp. You will see several strings of HEX (funny characters)
and then you should stay connected. (you will use CNTL C to
terminate the session when you are done, but for this session you MUST
leave the Terminal window OPEN...) You may have to uncheck the box
marked OFFLINE when you open your browser to make it online. Surf,
then terminate the open session with CNTL C in the open terminal window
where you initiated wvdial.
Setting up PPP Manually
Finally, when wvdial is working you can configure/set up Gnome-PPP.
When you get everything working, I'd suggest backing up the pap-secrets,
chap-secrets, and wvdial.conf files....just in case.
You can use:
to save the backup files.
sudo cp pap-secrets pap-secrets.sav
sudo cp chap-secrets chap-secrets.sav
cp wvdial.conf wvdial.sav
Let us know how it goes.....You should be up and running in less than 45 minutes.....