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mjmcomputer
April 2nd, 2010, 12:39 AM
I am new to this forum and have tried searching for this info but was unable to find anything that helped.
I have a client that wants to use a 3G wireless card on his desktop and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations as to which company is best and provides drivers for Linux
TIA

pdc
April 2nd, 2010, 01:32 AM
most people buy the usb "dongles" that plug into ..... a USB port ...

.. many of these devices are firstly recognised by the computer as "virtual CD-ROM" devices as they have windows software loaded and this auto-installs on the windows;

to use on linux, one needs to "flip" the device so it is seen as the modem it is: this is generally very do-able;

if you perhaps say what country you are in; and which mobile providers there are; in general though, most devices will work;

if a company supplies a PCI? wireless card, it may well be easier to configure;

you have come to the Ubuntu forum; the latest iteration (9.10) has had a stormy period with mobile broadband devices; bugs seem to have largely been sorted; Ubuntu awaits the arrival of 10.04 (released in April 2010, hence the numbering ..) and we hope it may be more smooth ..

some mobile providers will allow one to test a mobile broadband device for 2-3 days; that may allow you to plug it into linux; see what device it is, and how best to configure; usually you don't need drivers as such ..

mjmcomputer
April 3rd, 2010, 06:34 AM
I'm in Santa Fe New Mexico USA, the providers here are Verizon, Cricket, and Sprint. My client is leaning toward Cricket. I talked with the sales person at the Cricket store but he was unable to say if their device works with Linux.
How do i "flip" the device?

pdc
April 3rd, 2010, 08:18 AM
the cricket has featured in threads here on the forum;

so if one googles on such words as ubuntu cricket modem you will get varying responses: some with problems

here is one where the poster feels it worked well

http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-setup-cricket-wireless-a600-broadband-modem-in-ubuntu.html

here is another detailing how to get it working

http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.com/2009/10/howto-cricket-a600-modem-ubuntu.html

and here beastrace

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1146110

describes how it worked for him;

from the 16 following pages, you can see that it did not run smoothly for all; beastrace, to his undying credit, loyally follows the thread, and offers support and advice

for sprint and verizon if you google on for example


ubuntu sprint configure

you will find more;