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Old 10-24-2005, 06:37 AM   #1
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can it be done???

Hi everyone

what i am hoping to do is use my ADSL USB Modem on my Linux box which is currently running Suse 9.2. My ISP is AOL.

I think my modem is a BT voyager 105 , now this might sound really stupid but when i plug it into the Linux box via the USB port it does nothing..

Is there a way to get this working. Would any one be kind enough to set oput some step by step instructions or a least give me an insight of where i need to start looking..

Thanks in advance for all your help

Really confused Newbie

Old 10-24-2005, 06:43 AM   #2
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I'm not finding much online, plug it in and do an lsusb to get some more information. You may want to do another lsusb -i if I remember correctly to get even more info. Post those outputs if they relate to the modem. That will give me a little better idea on how to help. I'll check a little more online as well.

This might help you out. There are a couple posts on LQ where people gav e up and bought a dsl modem with ethernet rather than trying to get the USB working as you are trying to do.

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Old 10-24-2005, 06:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the Info, I am at work at the moment but i will do it when i get home 2nite and post the outputs then.

I was up hours trying last nite, it may well be the same 2nite aswell.

thanks again.
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Does AOL still use its crappy browser thing, wherbey you can only connect via that? if so unless they have ported it to Linux, i doubt it
Old 10-24-2005, 07:16 AM   #5
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just realised I am posting the same link as musicman_ace

to confirm I have heard same scarry story: adsl + usb
Add aol on top.. gosh

Lack-Of: Linux and the BT Voyager 105 USB ADSL modem
Extract here:

To start with, you'll need to download the Nortek alpha (not the 'main' version) of the eciadsl driver, from Un-gzip the archive somewhere, and do the usual ./configure, make, make install dance. The first two steps can be done without root access, but make install and everything else afterwards will need root access. A compiler warning about a zero-sized array will be generated during the make step; this doesn't seem to cause a problem though.

Finally, copy the file gs7470_synch03.bin from the GS7470SynchFiles directory to /etc/eciadsl/.

Then, enter make cfg. This runs a small utility to configure the ADSL connection. There are two versions of this utility: one which uses the windowing toolkit Tk and another that just runs on the console. make cfg will run the Tk version if it can, if not it drops back to the console version. Don't worry if the Tk version won't work that happens on my system even though I'm fairly sure I've got Tk installed the console version is enough to get everything working.

This configuration utility needs a fair few settings. I've collected below all those that you should need:

user name:
password: x (a single letter 'x')
provider: 51 (British Telecom)
DNS1: (enter to accept default)
DNS2: (enter to accept default)
VPI: 0
VCI: 38
modem type: 11 (BT Voyager 105)
VID1/PID1/VID2/PID2: accept defaults
modem chipset: GS7470
USB ALT interface for SYNCH: accept default
USB ALT interface for PPPOECI: accept default
synch file: /etc/eciadsl/gs7470_synch03.bin
PPP mode: accept default
is DHCP used? no
is a static ip used? no
Next, you may need to make a small modification to a config file. Enter the command pppd --help. If mode does not turn up in the list of options, load up the file /etc/ppp/peers/adsl in your favourite editor, and look for a line like the following:

pty "/usr/local/bin/eciadsl-pppoeci -vpi 0 -vci 38 -vendor 0x1690 -product 0x0215 -mode VCM_RFC2364"

The -mode VCM_RFC2364 bit will need removing if pppd doesn't have the mode option. Version 2.4.2 of pppd (which is what I'm using) doesn't have this option, but there seem to be other versions out there that do have this option and do need it to be there.

That should be enough by way of configuration. With any luck, you should be able to run the eciadsl-start script (as root) to connect. It does take a while to connect, and a lot of bumpf gets displayed, so be patient. Once the shell prompt returns, you should be online. To disconnect again, run the eciadsl-stop script.


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