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Old 06-03-2007, 11:27 AM   #1
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Novatel Wireless Ovation u720 (INSTALLATION)

Right-o. I did a search for the Sprint Novatel Wireless Ovation u720, since I just bought one and wanted to get it working with Slack, and found a few scraps here and there but nothing essential. Well come to find out that Sprint lo-and-behold has a manual.

It's is a 2mb DL.

Now it does not say anything about Slackware. In fact it only throws around names like Ubuntu, Knoppix, Fedora, OpenSuse, etc. However it says that you must have Kernel 2.6.x.x and be running KPPP.

Also the card has to be activated on a WIN32 system.

And there are some known limitations:
The big one is that the card speed is limited to the speed of the Generic USB driver around 500kbps.

Anyway, the link is above. I will be posting to this as I get it working, which should be in the next couple days. However, if by chance someone reading this post has actually got it working in Slackware 11.0 or Slamd64 11.0 let me know. I don't care about other distros as the majority of them do not follow the same directory configs as Slack and Slam.

Old 06-11-2007, 09:31 PM   #2
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This is actually pretty easy

Get the lastest kernel, 2.6.20 up to 2.6.21 should work.

build it. Mainly what you're looking
for is the airprime drivers make sure they are enabled...

dmesg will show you that the kernel configures it fine.

Problem with slack 11 is the udev / os automation is crap.

I'll take this back. The problem with udev is that it puts the USB devices it found in /dev/tts. Kppp has no entry for /dev/tts/USB0.
I don't know any manual way of adding it to the list. You'll need to
modify /etc/udev/rules.d/udev.rules.

search for USB

KERNEL=="ttyUSB[0-9]*", NAME="tts/USB%n", GROUP="tty", MODE="0660"\
^^ find this line

KERNEL=="ttyUSB[0-9]*", NAME="ttyUSB%n", GROUP="tty", MODE="0660"
^^make it this

Easy way:
Using Kppp, add the modem and the number you want to dial is #777.

Hard way:
Using ppp-setup, do the following..




l/p: # / #

edit /etc/ppp/pppoptions and remove the #'s you put for the get l/p input; script needs updating I think.

wvdial is far superior in some respects only because i'm lazy but pppd has always run like a champ.

you'll need to add 'usepeerdns' to the options file as well as set the correct modem as /dev/ttyUSB0.

my pppd never updates the /etc/resolv.conf, luckily usepeerdns prints the primary and secondary dns's so you can copy them.

nameserver <-- thats the entry.
nameserver yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy

neat, and there you go.

Last edited by salemboot; 06-15-2007 at 08:22 PM.


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