Linux and Your Dell D620 builtin HSDPA PCI Card

rjmcguire

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Hi all, this is a thread covering the operation of a Dell 5505 HSDPA PCI Card on GNU/Linux. I have not found anything on the internet about how to do this so here goes.

The PCI card has a 5505 chip on it which shows itself as 2 USB serial ports so all you need to do is let the usbserial driver know that it can handle your pci card.

To see you cards Product id and Vendor id run:

cat /proc/bus/usb/devices

The part we're interested in is:

P: Vendor=413c ProdID=8116 Rev= 0.00
S: Manufacturer=Novatel Wireless
S: Product=Novatel Wireless HSDPA Modem

So providing that you see something like this all you need to do is:

modprobe usbserial vendor=0x413c product=0x8116

Take a look at dmesg output or /var/log/messages, you should see something like this:

usbcore: registered new driver usbserial
drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial support registered for generic
usbserial_generic 2-2.2:1.0: generic converter detected
usb 2-2.2: generic converter now attached to ttyUSB0
usbserial_generic 2-2.2:1.1: generic converter detected
usb 2-2.2: generic converter now attached to ttyUSB1
usbcore: registered new driver usbserial_generic
drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial Driver core

If you see this then you have a working Serial port for dialing out on.

To get the driver to load on startup add this line to /etc/modules:

usbserial vendor=0x413c product=0x8116

You may need to input your pin to start using the serial port, to do this type:

echo "AT+CPIN=\"0000\"" > /dev/ttyUSB0

where 0000 is the sim cards pin number.

after you have followed these steps you should be able to follow one of the other 3G Modem tutorials that on the internet.

:)


never posted on a forum as far as I can remember.
 

Tazz_Tux

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I am sure I posted this before...(the thanks that is :) )

Anyways - thanks for the info and a job well done !
 

chiskop

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never posted on a forum as far as I can remember.

For a first ever post, that's pretty impressive. Thanks a lot rjmcguire, I' m hoping that this will be useful for me in the near future.

Has anyone here used the bundled dell with linux - what were your impressions, difficulties?
 
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