[kwlug-disc] Mobile internet

Andrew Kohlsmith (mailing lists account) aklists at mixdown.ca
Fri Jul 2 13:41:32 EDT 2010


On Friday, July 02, 2010 12:29:51 pm Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> 1) Any ideas on the least expensive way to do this through a mobile
> internet stick? Bell said 'it doesn't work on linux' which I suspect
> means 'it's not posted as compatible, therefore I'll just say it doesn't
> work, even if it does".

I don't have their smaller rocketstick, but rather the older one (with the 
external antenna port) -- works fine with umtsmon on linux, as does the newer 
rocketsticks.  They just show up as serial ports.

A trick I found (at least with mine) is that becuase it shows up as a USB 
storage device (for the driver), I had to "eject" the storage device using the 
eject command before the serial port would show up. 

> 2) Better ways to do this?  i.e. I've got unlimited data on my
> blackberry storm, anyone ever tethered their blackberry to a linux
> laptop?  I think that doing so makes Bell grumpy, not sure if I care.
> 3) any other thoughts on how to do this?  I'm not keen on paying
> $600-$700 to get one week of email at the cottage we rent ($40/month/1
> year fees+$100 for the mobile stick).

I tether with my iphone via bluetooth without issue. BB should not be any 
different.

Be careful with your definition of "grumpy" -- If you don't have a tethering 
package you will have to hack the APN that the BB uses when tethering or you 
could get no connection at best, or a big bill at worst.

-A.




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