[SATLUG] Lenovo IdeaPad with Linux & Sprint Broadband Card

Zeb Fletcher zeb.fletcher at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 00:39:34 CDT 2009

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 5:33 PM, John Pappas <j at jvpappas.net> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 14:26, Jim Wells <jfw5cpa at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I received an e-mail asking for help with a Sprint Broadband card to get
> it
> > to run under a Lenovo IdeaPad running LInux.
> 1st, the card MUST be "activated" by a windows box (can be a VM, as all the
> cards use either direct USB or PCMCIA/ExpressCard to USB hardware
> configurations).  Once activated, it can be used on Mac/Lin.
> Then it depends which card it is and how new the Kernel is.  It will use
> one
> of 3 different drivers, and if the proper IDs are compiled into the drivers
> (I had to do this by hand with older kernel/newer card combos.)  You can
> also use modprobe options when you load the driver so that it binds to the
> device.  IIRC sprint has Linux instructions for how to explicity load the
> driver with the proper IDs (Vendor/Model).
> Once the driver is loaded and the device file is properly appearing
> (/dev/ttyUSBx or similar), the next step is to "dial-up" just like with a
> classic modem, but instead of a usual phone number, you use #777 and the
> username assigned at activation (Does not seem to matter to sprint, just to
> the software doing the connections.
> The newer versions of NetworkMangler handle this type of modem
> automatically
> once the driver is configured properly.
> > She took it to Geek Squad and they couldn't get them to work together.
> >  (Surprise, Surprise)
> Politically, they are correct; technically they are not.
> >  Do any SATLUGers know of someone who could help her get this working?
> Sure.  I have used most of sprint's aircard models with linux at one point
> or another.  Pass her contact info along (offline) and I will knock it out.
> >  I can't believe that no one has tried and gotten one of these to work.
> Agreed.  There was a couple threads a while back about this exact thing and
> several of us got different models working on different distros.
> Jim
> >
> HTH,
> jp
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Here is the link to Sprint for how to install the card in Linux..


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