Installing Reliance Plug and Play Netconnect in Debian Lenny (and variants like Ubuntu, Mint)
BY webmaster
9 years ago
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A new breed of USB wireless modems with inbuilt flash storage containing the driver to install the wireless modem have been invading the Wireless Connectivity marketplace. A typical example is the Reliance Netconnect 1.x. The USB Modem gets detected as a cdrom when you plug it into your laptop. However a GNU/Linux user does not have anything to cheer about the driver in the flash storage, as these drivers are all Windows drivers (so far). Here is how to install the Reliance Netconnect in Debian Lenny. The instructions should work for debian variants like Ubuntu, Mint etc. You should also be able to get this working in other GNU Linux distros by making necessary modifications in the commands.

First you will need to get usb_modswitch.


Go to the folder with the tar file and run the following commands after making necessary path changes

sudo bash
tar xvfj usb_modeswitch-1.0.5.tar.bz2
cd usb_modeswitch-1.0.5
gcc -l usb -o usb_modeswitch usb_modeswitch.c
make install

You will probably have to install build-essential and libusb-dev if they are not already present in your system

apt-get install build-essential libusb-dev

Open /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf for editing

gedit /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf &


lsusb -v|less

to see the vendor id and product id of the USB storage that was detected when the USB modem was plugged in. Now go find this information in /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf and uncomment the section including DefaultVendor, DefaultProduct, TargetVendor and TargetProduct

Now run

usb_modeswitch -c /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf

The messages should tell you whether you succeeded in making the device switch mode from the USB storage mode to a USB modem. If not recheck your vendor/product id and try again. Try lsusb again to see your device detected in the new mode.

Now it is time to load usbserial for the newly detected device. Suppose your newly detected device has vendorid:productid as 19d2:fffe, run the following to load usbserial for the device. Remember to change the vendor and product ids to match your device.

rmmod usbserial
modprobe usbserial vendor=0x19d2 product=0xfffe

You should be set to go and you can check this out by trying wvdialconf and wvdial. Also you could possibly create a script with the last three commands and possibly wvdial to make this process easier whenever you wish to connect.



on 07th March 2007 / by webmaster
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on 30th March 2007 / by webmaster
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on 05th May 2007 / by webmaster
BSNL is one of the leading broadband providers in India. They have managed to provide blazing fast internet connections at rates affordable to an average middle class Indian. Although they provide top quality connection speeds with very little down time, their technical support leaves a lot to be desired. More so when it comes to configuring connections in Linux. They just mention Linux as "other operating systems" in their help guides. This article covers the configuration of the BSNL Dataone broadband connection over a Dare Global DB108 modem-router on Ubuntu. Although we have tested it only on Ubuntu the steps should more or less apply for other flavours of Linux as well. There are two ways of configuring a PPPOE connection - one is using the pppoeconf command and the other by configuring the router directly. The former requires you to log on an log off from your pc while the latter lets you have a full-time-up connection which lets you go online the moment you turn on your PC. We are covering only the second strategy in this tutorial. Connect the BSNL DB108 modem/router to the BSNL line and the power supply Connect the modem to the computer using an ethernet cable Power on the modem and the computer. Go to System/Administration/Network and ensure that the network card (most probably eth0) is the default connection and that it is active. In the properties dialog for eth0, change the IP address to static IP and set the IP to Set the DNS servers as,, and; Leave the other settings as default. Check if you have connectivity to the router by running 'ping' in a terminal. Open firefox and go to This will bring up the authentication dialog. Enter user-admin and password-password to log into the router administration system. Click on WAN in the left menu. In the WAN setup page identify the row with VPI/VCI value as 0/35 (probably the third row) and click on the Edit button. In the wizard that follows, select PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) as the connection type and enter your BSNL broadband connection username(eg: anoopjohn) and password(eg: asdf123). Leave all other settings as is and save by clicking next. Reboot the router by clicking on reboot in the left menu. Test the connection by pinging some public IP address (eg: of the Also check your dns settings by pinging Verify this by trying to open in your browser. If all goes well you should be able to access internet on your system by this point. In step 6 if you dont have connectivity to the router then you have to check if your ethernet card is up by running 'ifconfig -a'. If the card is up then you should be able to ping If both card and cable are up then you should try resetting the router and see if it is working fine. Normally there shouldn't be any problem. In step 12 if there are problems accessing internet sites but are able to ping public ip addresses then check your DNS server settings in /etc/resolv.conf. This file should be of the format nameserver nameserver nameserver nameserver If you have any questions you can contact us by commenting to this article. Hardware Linux Networking Ubuntu Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Abhi (not verified) access_time 26 May 2019 - 10:01 Hello, I am trying to connect to my D-link DI-614 wireless router to the my BSNL ADSL broadband modem DB108. My PC is currently connected to the modem via an ethernet link. Instead, I established a two-way connection in the following way: 1) Router - modem via ethernet cable. 2) PC - Router via an ethernet cable. However when I do this, my PC is not able to connect to the internet. I am wondering if anyone can help me out with this. Subhadeep (not verified) access_time 26 May 2019 - 10:01 Thankx for this i was in a real problem connecting to the net via broadband on BSNL. Thankx again man u r life saver... Add new comment
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