View Full Version : [ubuntu] 3g Modem Recommendations?

December 4th, 2008, 04:16 PM
Hi gang,

I'm currently working online while travelling. In countries where it's possible, I try to use prepaid 3g broadband plans.

I'm currently using a Sierra 885, but it's a real hassle to set up in Linux on most networks - lots of fiddling in wvdial/pppd. I've actually moved back to Windows when working outdoors.

Any suggestions for a rock-solid Linux 3g modem? Price isn't too much of a concern, but really looking for:

#1.) Solid plug-n-play compatibility in Ubuntu 8.10 (Network Manager 0.7)

#2.) Ideally quad-band HSDPA (anyone making these?), otherwise tri-band.

#3.) External antenna capability and/or solid range.

#4.) USB, preferably.

Any suggestions most appreciated. I've heard good things about Huawei E220 Linux compatibility, but no external antenna support(?) and only dual-band HSDPA.

Any suggestions most appreciated.

- SuperGrover

December 4th, 2008, 05:39 PM
look at the huawei 160 or 169, Ive got the 160. plug in and played straight away didn't have to do a thing. in 8.10 that is.

Happy travels:popcorn:


December 4th, 2008, 07:07 PM
I have a Huawei E160 that just works with most Linux distros. The network config tool in Ubuntu 8.10 has very good detection for 3G USB modems and has an extensive list of global networks.

December 4th, 2008, 08:20 PM
Use a nokia phone. I use an E71 or an old 6630


Plug and play with intrepid.
You can buy a US/Canada version or a rest of the world version depending on where you travel.
Solid range.
USB or bluetooth.

Battery powered. My E71 goes for about 4 hours of net use.

December 4th, 2008, 09:29 PM
Hi guys,

Many thanks for the responses - all very helpful. I'm thinking an E169 might be a good idea, but from what I remember it's 900/2100Mhz (?)

Sahmed: Phone is an interesting idea, it would certainly make things more convenient. Can the E71 charge via USB (while being used as a modem)? The only thing that's stopping me from using a phone is that 4hrs battery time or less is a deal-breaker.

- JB