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Using Motorola E680 Linux cellphone as modem for Linux laptop

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by jon.roland, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. jon.roland

    jon.roland Guest

    My problem is to figure out how to use a Motorola E680 cellphone, which
    runs Trolltech Linux, and can function as a dialup USB modem, using
    Windows, to provide wireless access to the Internet, can be used as a
    modem with a laptop running Linux (in this case Mepis Debian 3.3, but
    that doesn't seem to matter). I have tried kppp and wvdial to no avail.

    What does work is to boot the laptop under Windows, and run a
    Motorola-supplied program called GPRSManager which issues dialup
    commands to the phone creating what I presume is a ppp connection. That
    works fine. I can browse, send and receive email, etc. (However I
    haven't figured out yet how to send email from the phone or reply to
    messages received. I can receive email on the phone at
    , but want to set up a mailbox that can send and
    receive email.)

    It was suggested that I send an initialization string


    but this and variations on it using kppp or wvdial just return ERROR.

    I can issue just the dialout number using

    ATDT*99# but get NO DIALTONE and
    ATD*99# but get NO CARRIER

    using either kppp or wvdial.

    Incidentally, on wvdial I had to insert a line in the /etc/wvdial.conf

    Stupid mode = yes

    and set the Username and Password to " " (blank) to get it to run.

    I ran the strings command on the GPRSManager.exe file and examined the
    (ASCII text) driver files for the Windows programs, but none of them
    seem to contain anything that would issue anything resembling the above
    suggested initialization command. Apparently some initialization
    command is needed to set up the dialing of the number.

    It would be nice to be able to get a computer running Linux to talk to
    a phone running Linux. Of course, it would be even better if the phone
    were a router rather than a dialup modem, but we can all join in urging
    the cellphone manufacturers to come out with a product like that.

    If anyone has any solutions, or can suggest other groups to post this
    to, please email them to jroland at linux-migration.net.
    jon.roland, Apr 5, 2005
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  2. jon.roland

    Quaoar Guest

    Repost to alt.cellular.motorola, and alt.os.linux.xxxx where xxxx is
    your distro or a general group for more knowledgeable audiences.

    Quaoar, Apr 5, 2005
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