[Gllug] Mobile phone broadband

Sean Burlington sean at practicalweb.co.uk
Mon Jun 2 14:26:25 UTC 2008

Vidar Hokstad wrote:
> On 2 Jun 2008, at 14:51, Dylan wrote:
>> Does anyone have any experience or recommendations they can make, 
>> especially
>> regarding the quality of service from the various suppliers, which 
>> 'modems'
>> work with Linux and which don't (if any) and any gotcha's or hoops 
>> which have
>> to be navigated.

Hi Vidar,

   I've just got myself a three USB modem which I'm reasonably happy with

I've made some notes at:


I need to update them

1) it does work under windows after all - but under either OS it 
frequently doesn't connect first time so you have to retry

2) The windows tool has a nice SMS interface (I didn't realise these 
modems had SMS capability). I'm investigating Linux sms tools

3) Connection speed varies - sometimes great - sometimes poor (dial up 
speed) - from the same location in central London .

The rounded oblong dongle thing (HUAWEI E220 3G HSDPA USB MODEM)  is 
supported in kernel versions of 2.6.20 and above

some ports are filtered - but I haven't investigated properly.

I'd be happy to do some further testing and report back if you want.


Sean Burlington

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