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Modems supported by Ubuntu?


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#1 jon-9

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 01:02 AM

Hi--I'm planning to install Ubuntu on a new machine. I'll have only dialup net access so I'll need a dialup modem.

Does anyone know if there's a recent list of dialup modems that will work in Ubuntu?

I've searched and found only fragments of info; could be I missed what I'm looking for.

I get the impression that using dialup modems can be problematic in Ubuntu, so I want to be prepared when I get the new machine running.

Much thanks for info--
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 10:59 AM

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DialupModemHowto

check here.
ubuntu or any linux version for that matter is very network hungry.
there are many packages that update frequently and require a lot of network utilization.
i would not suggest running dialup as your only means of internet access.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:25 PM

Really there is no good way to run a dial-up connection in linux any more. With the Conexant drivers being proprietary, and the rest of the modems being "Win-modems" which are based on MS proprietary software, pretty much. Gone are the days of "open" modems it seems.

I bought a "works with linux" modem from Best buy 2 years ago. The last version of ubuntu it worked with was 7.10. I had to email Linuxant (the group that controls the linux Conexant drivers) to get a more up to date version of the driver only to find that every time I updated my kernel I would have to update the driver. Downloading a 2.xxMb driver once a month on 56k isn't my idea of fun.

That being said I opted for Wireless broadband only to find that it too isn't compatable with anything past the old Ubuntu LTS (which was just replaced last week with the new LTS) but wouldn't work with any of my current kernels. Yeah, fun times.

Not saying it can't be done, but it's not easy.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:58 AM

Thanks for comments. Reading other threads here, I saw a reference to the Mint distro. Do you know if it would be friendlier for a dialup modem user?

Looking on newegg, I found a modem with good reviews from some Ubuntu users--anyone familiar with this US Robotics external modem?:

U.S. Robotics USR5637 56Kbps USB High-performance V.92 modem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16825104006

I was reading "Beginning Ubuntu Linux (3rd Edition)" by Keir Thomas and Jaime Sicam, and they say external modems w/serial ports work well, but USB not so well--the USRobotics modem above is USB. But: this book was pubbed in 2008, so info might be outdated.

I'm kind of surprised at the general lack of support for dialup. It's not a "glamour" connection method, but millions of people around the world don't have access to broadband and must use their existing POTS equipment, esp in less-developed countries. This lack of support seems contrary to the stated goals of Ubuntu, to be accessible to *everyone.* Including users who might be low-income or unemployed who can't afford bband. And as some other reviews (industry mags) noted, a person traveling with a laptop might stay in a place w/no bband access so they'd have to use the phone line. Apparently that's a selling point for the above modem--it's very small, light, easy to carry.

Anway--how about dialup on Mint?

Edited by jon-9, 04 May 2010 - 10:04 AM.


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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:11 AM

if you are adamant about dialup why not go with an external serial modem.
my recommendation.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...4-135-_-Product
uses the most generic of external 56k dialup instructions.




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