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    Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    Hello. I was wondering if anyone has successfully been able to setup a Cricket Wireless broadband usb modem on their Ubuntu machine & what the process may be. Iíve seen posts about installing other servicesí EVDO modems like Verizon & Sprint, but I have this stupid Cricket service & canít seem to get anything going. I know itís a long shot, as very few have probably even heard of cricket, but any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    I would love to find out about this too. I am going to be getting their broadband when it comes out in our area this month and don't want to switch my laptop from Vista to Ubuntu until I know it will work - since I work from my laptop.

    Maybe I can poke around the WINE forums to see what I can find there, since it's a software issue and the software says it's only compatible with Windows and Mac.

    Edit: I found a thread with a possible solution: How to set up EVDO card or usb enable phone (CDMA). Part way down the page you'll find someone talking about getting their Cricket broadband to work... it continues on to page 27 until the problem seems resolved. It's a huge thread, but you might want to review it all for steps on how to do this specifically for Cricket and then maybe post it here in detail for other Cricket/Ubuntu users to use as a How-to, perhaps.

    I would, but Cricket's broadband hasn't come out in our area yet, so I still have a month or so to wait.
    Last edited by Skylara; October 14th, 2008 at 10:34 PM. Reason: Additional Info Added

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    I got the utstarcom um100c usb modem from cricket wireless to work for me in ubuntu 8.10 (this is the new release that is coming out on oct. 30th)

    it is actully very easy to do with 8.10. it is listed in the network manager icon where you connect to wireless connections. you do need to edit the setting for it (it is recognized as a "CDMA Connection" and you need to put in a username and password. for this you use yourphonenumber@mycricket.com (you can get you phone number either from the cricket store or in windows in the aplication for the cricket service) and the password is cricket. make sure that the number section says #777. then just tell it to connect like you would to connect to a regular wireless connection.

    I am in the Salt Lake City area and im getting according to dslreports speed test between 350k-800k download (same as i get from windows)and about 120-150k upload (again same as windows).

    i will try this with my other laptop that is running 8.04 and let you know how that works, but from what i understand its pretty easy to get to work there too.

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    Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    I had just installed my very first linux Ubunto 8.04 and the only thing I need to work out was cricket broadband and wireless. I downloaded 8.10 rc tried it from the disk, love it, now installing it.

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    Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    Followed instructions to make my cricket USB modem to work on both 8.10 and 8.04 and neither works. How exactly did you accomplish this?

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    Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    Ok I got the phone number the modem connects but the authentication fails any ideas?
    Last edited by frankhdz; November 2nd, 2008 at 06:36 PM.

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    Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    this is what I get in the log:

    --> PPP negotiation detected.
    --> Starting pppd at Sun Nov 2 14:40:08 2008
    --> Warning: Could not modify /etc/ppp/pap-secrets: Permission denied
    --> --> PAP (Password Authentication Protocol) may be flaky.
    --> Warning: Could not modify /etc/ppp/chap-secrets: Permission denied
    --> --> CHAP (Challenge Handshake) may be flaky.
    --> Pid of pppd: 8763
    --> Using interface ppp0
    --> Disconnecting at Sun Nov 2 14:40:11 2008
    --> The PPP daemon has died: Authentication error.
    --> We failed to authenticate ourselves to the peer.
    --> Maybe bad account or password? (exit code = 19)
    --> man pppd explains pppd error codes in more detail.
    --> I guess that's it for now, exiting
    --> The PPP daemon has died. (exit code = 19)

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    Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    Ok I got it to work. for those who may experience the same problem I was having this is how I did it. If you don't already have it

    sudo apt-get install ppp wvdial

    after install:

    sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

    the previous step detects your Cricket modem

    then:

    sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf

    you will see the something like the following:

    Code:
    [Dialer Defaults]
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    Modem Type = USB Modem
    Baud = 460800
    Modem = /dev/ttyACMO
    ISDN = 0
    ; Phone = #777
    ; Username = **********@mycricket.com
    ; Password = cricket
    Uncomment the phone, username and password and enter you information the way you see mine. For user enter your phone number and add @mycricket.com

    now you can use GNOME PPP and click setup autodetect your modem. select USB modem. now enter the same information to dial in and you should be good to go.
    Last edited by frankhdz; November 3rd, 2008 at 04:42 PM.

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    Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    i have a ppc 6800 and i just use the WMwifi router program by chainfire then connect to the shared evdo with a wifi card ,

    but you see i have a cell phone that has wap , and i am behind the wap.mycricket.com proxy ,

    what are you behind , i want to compare my settings vs yours to see if i can hack my phone somemore to gain the unrestrickted internet access that i hear the usb modem and pcmcia card modem have ,

    can you use bittorrent over it ? are you behind a proxy ? i get the same speeds with my setup but i want to unlokk it so i can use torrents , i cant currently redirect behind this proxy to gain that feature and am therefore limited to web pages and a few other things , but i can use it to say , packet manager and upgrade my buntu

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    Talking Re: Cricket Broadband (or other EVDO connection)

    Quote Originally Posted by frankhdz View Post
    Ok I got it to work. for those who may experience the same problem I was having this is how I did it. If you don't already have it

    sudo apt-get install ppp wvdial

    after install:

    sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

    sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf
    I should also point out that you have to run wvdial after all of this, and secondly. I should have checked here before I went on IRC. Fully functioning on the Cricket UM100c Broadband modem, speeds reporting at 600Kbps Up/100Kbps Down.

    One thing I noticed, this may just be my system... after plugging in the modem, nothing happpens, if you run wvdialconf you get an error saying the device is not ready or in use. I fixed this by performing:

    Code:
    lsusb;
    sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf;
    sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf; (modify phone,user and password settings)
    sudo chmod 660 /etc/ppp/*-secrets; (Make it so wvdialer can access the secret keys)
    wvdial;

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