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Old 06-21-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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Using dial-up modem

I have a PCI modem and i've used it for quite a long time on windows xp before going broadband. It was pretty easy on windows (just installing the driver from the cd and dialing ISP to connect).
I would like to use that modem to connect to the internet with debian. I really have no idea how to go about it.
So if anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be great.
Arun J.
Old 06-21-2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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You could try wvdial,here's a link:

It's also in the Debian repositories.

Or if you want to configure the setup manually the following guide may help:
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First step is to find out exactly what the modem is. Then find out if the modem works with Linux and if so, what the module is. To find out what the modem is bring up a terminal and do:


look for the modem and post what it says on that line.

You might also want to use this page and run the scanModem utility, though I've never used it:

Here is what I wrote a few years ago back when I used a dialup modem. There may be some help for you there.

But first find out what the modem is with lspci. If you post it, maybe I'll be able to give you some tips. I ran Debian long ago, too, though I don't know what Debian has now for dialup after you get the module loaded. What desktop do you have on it?
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Support of PCI modems in linux varies from none at all to complete functionality, depending on the chip set.
Sight of your lspci output will help determine which chipset your modem uses. will give you the history and point you to drivers.
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If you use Gnome or KDE they have a dialer front end ... gnome-ppp and kppp.
Old 06-22-2009, 02:54 AM   #6
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Thanks for the links guys, they are really useful. I'm gonna find some time and read those tutorials .
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If all else fails try ndiswrapper and the windows modem driver. Everyone thinks of ndiswrapper as a a method of using windows wireless drivers in linux. However its not limited to that. If the windows driver is ndis compliant and some are, it will work with ndiswrapper.

This is very much a last resort. Native linux drivers are preferred, if there is one.


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