Friday, June 1, 2007

Configure Verizon PC-5740 EVDO in Ubuntu

Off-late, using verizon wireless PC-5740 card on the laptop has been very helpful. Though the speed is low, it solves the purpose many times. In my windows installation, I had to download an installer from VZAccess Manager Software Download site after answering few stupid questions. But for Ubuntu 7.04 (Fiesty Fawn), I had to do the following simple steps:

  • Edit dialing config:
sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf

Change the contents of that file to:

[Dialer Defaults]
Phone = #777
Username = 0
Password = 0
Stupid Mode = on
New PPPD = yes
Save and exit the file
  • Connect PC-Card :
sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x106c product=0x3701
(To find out the vendor and product see Kernel Modules section of this post.)
  • Dial :
sudo wvdial
  • I had to comment out the following in /etc/ppp/options so that the connection does not drop every 2 minutes or so:
# lcp-echo-interval 30
# lcp-echo-failure 4

The configuration does not even need the phone number to use EVDO on Ubuntu, which was required to download the installer for windows.