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Robert.Thompson 11-30-2011 09:02 AM

What do I need to do to use a external USB modem to 'dial-up' the internet?
 
Hello:

I have a 'Diamond SupraMax 56K USB Modem'.

I would like to use a 'dial-up' modem connection to the internet.

Can anyone suggest how I can set this up? Do I need additional software? Is there a Slackware tutorial on 'dial-up' living somewhere on the internet?

I have kppp installed, if that helps.

lsusb shows the modem, I believe:
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 047e:2892 Agere Systems, Inc. (Lucent) Systems Soft Modem

If I disconnect the modem, the above line disappears from lsusb.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

yancek 11-30-2011 09:34 AM

Have you read this at the Slackware site?

http://www.slackware.com/config/ppp.php

cwizardone 11-30-2011 09:51 AM

If it is a "real" full modem and not one of those "win-lite" things you should be able to fire up KPPP, configure it properly in the setup, and take it from there. No need to make it more difficult than necessary.

I was just re-reading your original post and it would appear you have a "soft" modem, aka, a "win-lite" modem. If that is, indeed, the case, then you may or may not be able to set it up. Over all these years I've never been able to make a "win-lite" modem work in Slackware. I've read it depends on the "win-lite" modem and the its chip set and there have been reports of success with a few of those "lite" modems in some Linux distributions.

Robert.Thompson 11-30-2011 09:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yancek (Post 4538269)
Have you read this at the Slackware site?

http://www.slackware.com/config/ppp.php

Great! Thank you! :)

---------- Post added Nov 30th, 2011 at 10:53 AM ----------

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 4538281)
If it is a "real" full modem and not one of those "win-lite" things you should be able to fire up KPPP, configure it properly in the setup, and take it from there. No need to make it more difficult than necessary.

Thank you! :)

Robert.Thompson 11-30-2011 10:10 AM

Hello:

During the pppsetup, I am asked 'where is your modem?'.

How do I know?

Thanks,

cwizardone 11-30-2011 10:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robert.Thompson (Post 4538295)
Hello:

During the pppsetup, I am asked 'where is your modem?'.

How do I know?

Thanks,

Fire up KPPP and click on, Configure, Modems, New, and, finally, Modem Device. There you will find a long list of locations for your modem, including 16 related to USB connections or you can find the same "locations" in the /dev directory.
Have you determined if this is a "lite" modem or a real full modem? Please see the addition to my last post.

Robert.Thompson 11-30-2011 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 4538304)
Fire up KPPP and click on, Configure, Modems, New, and, finally, Modem Device. There you will find a long list of locations for your modem, including 16 related to USB connections or you can find the same "locations" in the /dev directory.
Have you determined if this is a "lite" modem or a real full modem? Please see the addition to my last post.

Hi cwizardone:

Sorry to ask this of you but how do I determine if it is a 'lite' modem or a real full modem?

I do know that it works under windows XP. The box says that it is:
  1. V.92 or V.90 & V.44 ITU standard 56k
  2. V.34 and backwards compatible protocols
  3. Fax speeds up to 14,000 bit/s, Group lll, Class 1
  4. Data compression V.42bis and MNP 5
  5. Error correction V.42 LAPM and MNP 4

That's all that I know about it.

cwizardone 11-30-2011 11:02 AM

http://www.diamondmm.com/SM56USB.php

Their web site says it is a " Full featured data/fax external modem," but since it needs a windows driver and lsusb reports it as a "soft modem," I would think it is a "win-lite" modem.

You might start your search for a linux driver here,

http://martian.barrelsoutofbond.org/

However, just for chuckles, try setting it up in KPPP first. Miracles do happen. :)

allend 12-01-2011 08:38 AM

I fear you may be SOL with this device.
From http://www.spinics.net/lists/linmodem/msg11977.html Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 15:09:23 -0400
Quote:

While in principle this USB modem chipset 047e:2892 should be supported by these drivers, there has not been a single success under Linux, though several users have tested them.
...
Marvin Stodolsky
scanModem maintainer

ReaperX7 12-01-2011 11:57 PM

You could attempt to load the Windows driver using ndiswrapper then try setting it up using KPPP.

Robert.Thompson 12-19-2011 01:21 PM

Bought a USRobtics 5637 USB modem and all is well!

Marking as SOLVED.

Thanks,

cwizardone 12-20-2011 10:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robert.Thompson (Post 4553888)
Bought a USRobtics 5637 USB modem and all is well!

Marking as SOLVED.

Thanks,

Congrats. A real modem will do it almost every time.
:)
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