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FS#20864 - [netcfg] Support 3G (HSDPA) cards in network interface mode

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by JM (fijam) - Thursday, 16 September 2010, 15:36 GMT
Last edited by Eric Belanger (Snowman) - Tuesday, 30 April 2013, 01:10 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Arch Projects
Status Closed
Assigned To Jouke Witteveen (jouke)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 4
Private No


I have an Option Globetrotter Max 7.2 PCMCIA 3g card which uses the 'hso' kernel module. It can operate in ether dial-up (ppp) or network interface mode.

Connecting to the 3G network using the network interface mode seems to be quite simple. One must first send a few AT commands to the card to set the APN, initialize connection and receive the IP address and DNS server address. At this point all that needs to be done is to bring up the hs0 interface with ifconfig and modify resolv.conf accordingly.

Please see the attached files with a more detailed explanation and a POC bash script implementing this. It would be great to see this supported in netcfg.
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Closed by  Eric Belanger (Snowman)
Tuesday, 30 April 2013, 01:10 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't implement
Additional comments about closing:  netcfg has been moved to AUR
Comment by JM (fijam) - Thursday, 16 September 2010, 21:24 GMT
Correction: this card with the latest firmware does not work in ppp setups. Using the network interface is the only option. NetworkManager/ModemManager seems to implement it as well:
Comment by Rémy Oudompheng (remyoudompheng) - Sunday, 05 June 2011, 19:53 GMT
could you merge your request with  FS#18931 ?
Comment by JM (fijam) - Sunday, 05 June 2011, 23:49 GMT
I have switched to NetworkManager since. Frankly, I doubt this will be implemented before the technology goes obsolete so I might just as well close it.