Sierra Wireless device 312U – Bigpond Ultimate Broadband Dongle – Australia (yahoo!) – openSUSE versions 11.4 and beyond – KDE
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Introduction: The latest Bigpond offering of the Sierra AirCard 312U connects pretty much as an out-of-the-box experience in openSUSE if you use the KDE network manager (icon in the system tray). It took me 2 months to find the almost trivially-simple parameters to use, so I thought I’d put them here for others.
This method should work for Internet Providers other than Bigpond and for other* contemporary* Sierra cards.
Cards that work in KDE should also work with the Gnome NM applet…
Which device are we talking about: A picture of the device I’m writing about is displayed at the bottom of this article. Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s page. When you plug the device in, wait a few seconds until it registers (blue lights) then run this command in a terminal: lsusb. You should see a device identifier like this “Bus 001 Device 007: ID 1199:68a3 Sierra Wireless, Inc.”. The important bit is 1199:68a3.
Prerequisites: You need openSUSE 11.4 or later (or Tumbleweed 11.4+). Check you have the RPM ppp installed and that you are using the KDE networkmanager (Knetworkmanager) to control your network connections. If you need to switch on Knetworkmanager, goto Yast → Network Devices → Network Settings → Global Options. Make sure the Network Setup Method has selected the option User Controlled with Networkmanager activated.
What you don’t need: there are many howto’s for wireless broadband modems on the Net. You might be confused about some of the suggestions. Here are a few tips about things you DO NOT have to do or install.
- Do not try to configure the modem in Yast (i.e. do not use Yast → Network Devices → Modem)
- You do not need to install the following software packages (although is they’re there you should leave them be): smpppd, wvdial, kppp, kinternet, usb_modeswitch-data or usb_modeswitch
- You don’t have to switch on the smpppd daemon
- You don’t need any dialing software or GUIs
** Configure the AirCard**: Plug the device into a USB port and wait for the blue lights, one steady and one flashing. Left click the network manager icon in the System Tray (bottom right of the screen) and select to Manage Connections. Activate the Tab labelled Mobile Broadband. Highlight the connection that openSUSE has sensed for the device. Click to Edit it. You will see three Tabs; viz: Mobile Broadband, PPP and IP Address. Simply add the settings I’ve captured in pictorial form, below.
Below: Here’s a pic of the AirCard as sold by Bipond for the product “Bigpond Ultimate”
Below: The panel under the Tab Mobile Broadband. I added every entry, including the name “Bigpond Ultimate”. You can choose to Connect Automatically, or not, it’s optional.
Below: The panel under the tab PPP. These are the defaults I found there. I changed nothing.
Below: The panel under the Tab IP Address. These are the defaults I found there. I changed nothing.
Be well, swerdna