Installing Reliance Plug and Play Netconnect in Debian Lenny (and variants like Ubuntu, Mint)
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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 30th March 2007 / by webmaster
Ever since we started our pc sales and services division we have been trying to get a system with Hardware Linux Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Cherry (not verified) access_time 17 Aug 2019 - 14:47 Is that true ? Are there many people who still use modems to dialup internet ? I was thinking of helping out with some limited internal modem support for NetBSD, but wasn’t sure what the user base is like. Anoop John (not verified) access_time 17 Aug 2019 - 14:47 Yes I have come across quite a few customers who still use dialup as the only means of accessing net. For people who just use internet to check mail, dialup is the cheapest way to go. shankar (not verified) access_time 17 Aug 2019 - 14:47 I have read your above article. I have the same problem. I want to use the new Bharatiya Operating System Solution (BOSS) which is linux based. My dial up modem of D-Link is not detected in linux/BOSS neither I can get a driver for linux. D-Link company have informed that they do not have any modem supporting linux. Please inform whether you can send it by post, cost and methods available for payment. regards, shankar Add new comment

on 05th May 2007 / by webmaster
BSNL is one of the leading broadband providers in India. Hardware Linux Networking Ubuntu Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Abhi (not verified) access_time 17 Aug 2019 - 15:25 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 17 Aug 2019 - 15:25 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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