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Old 09-29-2005, 05:08 PM   #1
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Aircard 580, Sprint, and Linux question

Hello all,

For the past two days, I have been having the worst time ever trying to get a Sierra Wireless Aircard 580 card to work with my Linux installs.

It's a PCMCIA Cardbus card that acts as a modem for access of the 1x networks (I use Sprint).

Here's the output of lsusb
Bus 005 Device 004: ID 1199:0112 Sierra Wireless, Inc.
I have followed two different guides to get this to work.

I followed the instructions and scripts from here:

As well as the guide from here

I have tried this in Ubuntu Linux Hoary Hedgehog 2.6.10, Fedora Core 2 (forgive me for not remembering which kernel version it was. It was the default kernel installed with FC2), and Fedora Core 3 (2.6.9-1.667 default kernel).

I have followed both guides to the letter, and when it comes time to execute the pppd call command, I just get a connection script error. I have also tried kppp, but I could not figure out which Modem device to choose from the list. The guides, as well, are not Sprint specific, and I feel that I may be using the wrong combination of username and password.

[root@localhost ppp]# pppd call ac580-1x
Connect script failed
If anyone, especially Sprint users, have gotten the Aircard 580 to work (especially with the guides linked), please offer me some help. Getting the aircard 580 to work in Linux is important for my final research thesis, and I would rather not port a bunch of network tools to Windows to do my research.

Thank you very much in advance. Sorry for the long first post (I forgot my old LQ user name and what email it was bound to). And sorry about the unparsed URLs, but I don't have enough posts...

If I'm missing any information please let me know.
Old 10-08-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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Did you edit all the password files and such? There's some errors in Sierra's documenation, you need to edit acxxxchat not just acxxx. Is the orange light solid, blininking or do you get a green blinking light? Anything orange, remove the card, lightly blow on the connector and reinsert it then wait about a 30 seconds and see if it goes to blinking green. Usually works for me, although I admit I have to do this quit often until it works. Once it does it's usually good for a long time until I reboot the machine again.
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This is not your card model but check out this link and see if it helps:



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