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Old 06-17-2014, 10:51 AM   #1
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O2 mobile 3g broadband setup?


I have a small HP Notebook with Linux Light (based on Ubuntu) on it and want to use it when I'm away on holiday. Naturally, nothing is simple with Linux and I'm having trouble getting the Dongle to work.
Has anyone any idea how I get this thing to work as it's driving me crazy?

Thanks, gael.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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Trade your dongle in for one of the little portable mobile WiFi hotspots, configure your NoteBook to work with the hotspot.

Seriously, it takes a world of pain out of dealing with getting dongles working with Linux.
 
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Trade your dongle in for one of the little portable mobile WiFi hotspots, configure your NoteBook to work with the hotspot.

Seriously, it takes a world of pain out of dealing with getting dongles working with Linux.
What's a little portable mobile WiFi hotspot? I've never heard of such a thing, is it a device?
 
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Hi TenTenths, I just looked at these little devices and I guess your right. This is what I should have bought ... I must admit I had never heard of one of these things, duh!

Thanks for the link I'll sort it out tomorrow

gael.
 
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For the wifi hotspots, search ebay for 'usb wifi module raspberry pi' That should get you something. They need to be under 100mA, which is tricky.

I'm not sure it's much use to you. O2s dongle gets you onto the O2 mobile network. They won't. I can get up to 3 Megs/S tethering to my smartphone, but the attack on the battery is savage.

TenTenths is right, those little mobile dongles are a major pita. People go to unreal trouble trying to set them up. Try googling for your model, or usb id, and look for a success story.
 
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What's a little portable mobile WiFi hotspot? I've never heard of such a thing, is it a device?
It's a little portable device, similar in size to a cigarette packet, takes the SIM card, recharges like a phone and is a WiFi hotspot.

https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/hotspots/z...ocket-hotspot/

Or SIM free:

http://intermodems.com/epages/950003...5/Products/801

I had one of the Alcatel ones with a UK SIM for last time I was in Scotland, had my phone, my laptop, wife's phone, etc. all hooked up off that for mobile data.

Basically I was wandering around with that in my pocket or just sitting in the car, worked great!

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Old 06-17-2014, 11:33 AM   #7
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Huh mine was reasonably PnP.
 
Old 06-18-2014, 07:06 AM   #8
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Okay, I've seen types that are "Locked" and others that are "Unlocked" ... What does that all mean? Are there advantages in the choices?
 
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Okay, I've seen types that are "Locked" and others that are "Unlocked" ... What does that all mean? Are there advantages in the choices?
Unlocked = use any SIM card
Locked = Can only use the SIM card from the operator, for example O2 Locked = Only O2 SIM
 
  


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