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Old 07-15-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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Help please installing mobile broadband on a netbook with Linux - Australia

Hi, I'm totally new to Linux and netbooks and not much good with computers full stop so please bear with me.

I'm in Australia. I live in an area which isn't covered by mobile networks (despite the guarantees of certain companies). I have ADSL broadband to my home but cannot get mobile phone coverage.

Recently I purchased a netbook (Asus Eee PC 701SDX)and thus far have managed to get a wireless router installed to my Bigpond ASDL Gateway so that I can use my netbook in other rooms of my house. Don't ask me how I did it, or to do it again because I have no idea, all I know is that it works!

Now, what I'd like to be able to do is to access wireless prepaid broadband so that I have a fully functioning netbook when I travel to areas that do get coverage. I do this on a regular basis, ie weekly, so the extra expense is valid.

I went into Dick Smith and they seemed to have no idea what I was explaining to them and I came away with a Next G prepaid pack which is of course, of little value to me because it doesn't support Linux.

Could somebody please advise me what I need to get to be able to use prepaid mobile broadband?

Many thanks in advance and my apologies for the longwinded post.
Old 07-16-2009, 05:46 PM   #2
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USB Mobile broadband dongles are well supported on recent Linux kernels (>2.6.20) which I expect the Eee has. The application that creates the connection is called wvdial. I suggest you find out what mobile dongles are available and then Google for exact setup steps for the device you buy (it will only be a handful of settings).


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