HOW TO Configure Bandluxe GSM modem with Ubuntu 8.04

Before bothering to configure your WCDMA (UMTS) modem with Linux you should consider plugging it into a mobile phone which has an Internet sharing feature. Most modern mobile phones have this feature and the process will take just about 30-60 seconds to setup and surf the web.

I will have screen shots later tonight.

Otherwise follow the steps below which may already be outdates 🙂 :

This Document explains how to configure the Bandluxe GSM Modem on Ubuntu 8.04.

Tech Specs:

The Bandluxe GSM modem www.bandrich.com; comes with a USB based express card slot.

We had build in Express cards so we ignored the one that came with the modem.

Toshiba p100 PSPA6: www.toshiba.com

Dell 1525: www.dell.com

NOTE: If you have problems and need help, feel free to to leave me a message.


Update may 24

Please run this line first in the command line:

usr@home:$echo “at+cgdcont=1,\”IP\”,\”Internet\”” > /dev/ttyUSB0

where “Internet” = your Access Provider Name (APN)


Open a Terminal and type pppconfig at the prompt.

usr@home:$ pppconfig

Create a new connection


Enter a name for your service provider, this can be anything XYZ if you like, you will use it later to start your connection.


<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

Select Static or Dynamic DNS. For AlJawal this will be Dynamic.


Select which applies to you, for Aljawal PAP works just find.


Enter a user name if required or anything (XYZ) if not.

AlJawalnet in Saudi Arabia does not require a user name or password so any name will do, so I just wrote ‘a’ for user name and password.


<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

Leave as is and select ok


<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

Enter Number: *99# (this number seems to be an international standard)


<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

Try running this prop, in my system it didn’t find it so I went on to the next screen.


<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–>

on the tested systems (see above) the string is: /dev/Modem/ttyUSB0


<!–[if gte vml 1]&gt; &lt;![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>

Confirm the info and select Finished Write to files and return to main menu and then exit the utility.


At the command prompt type: ‘pon’ /poff and the name of your connection (the way you named it) in my case its Jawal.


usr@home: $pon Jawal (the name you gave in the config.)

to disconnect use:

usr@home: $poff Jawal (the name you gave in the config.)

To monitor the kernel processes

usr@home:$ tail –f /var/log/messages


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