[Linux-aus] Optus Wireless USB Dongle

Ankur Sinha sanjay.ankur at gmail.com
Mon Jul 8 19:18:43 EST 2013

On Mon, 2013-06-24 at 10:03 +1000, nicknoff at gmail.com wrote:
> I am hoping you can help me, or point me in the right direction. I
> downloaded a Linux Distro called Mepis 11.
> BUT as a new Linux user I have not been able to get my USB Dongle to
> work, nor does searching the web, (via Windows), and using all the
> info available there help. I just go around in circles. Optus were no
> help at all!
> I’m starting to regret trying Linux.
> Sincerely,

Hi David,

Can you please plug in the dongle and tell us what the output of "lsusb"
command says?

I've used a few dongles myself. None of the companies supported Linux,
but they seemed to work fine with usb_modeswitch[1,2]. On Fedora, if
supported by usb_modeswitch, such dongles worked with NetworkManager
without much additional configuration. 

If the output of lsusb matches one of the files listed here[3], there's
a good chance usb_modeswitch will support your device and it'll work out
of the box. It should show up in NetworkManager as "Wireless broadband",
and "just work".

I haven't used Mepis, so I'm uncertain of the status of the packages
there, but this might be worth a try.

[1] http://linux.die.net/man/1/usb_modeswitch
[2] https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/usb_modeswitch
[3] http://paste.fedoraproject.org/23634/37327502
Warm regards,
Ankur (FranciscoD)


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