In my last article I have described how to manage manage GSM mobile broadband connections without Network Manager on Debian based distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
In this article I will show you how to do the same on Red Hat Linux based Linux operating systems like CentOS and Fedora. I recommend that you read "Introduction" and "My hardware and ISP configuration" paragraphs from my last article to get acquainted with my exact hardware and Internet Service Provider configuration. Required procedure is a bit simpler for Red Hat Linux, CentOS and Fedora because there is some abstraction in accessing basic pppd options. Also Red Hat network configuration files are differently arranged (better than Debian in my opinion) and because of all that this article is a bit simpler to follow than it's Debian counterpart.
Recent Network Manager versions like Network Manager 0.9.1 from Ubuntu 11.10 and Network Manager 0.9.2 from Fedora 16 and aren't working well with both of my GSM mobile broadband modems, Huawei E220 and ZTE MF100. Actually this aren't first Network Manager version that refuse to work with the same hardware, there were some problems back in the good old Ubuntu 9.10 days. Because of that I had to learn managing my mobile broadband network connections without Network Manager. In this article I will do my best to point you in the right direction to managing your GSM mobile broadband connections from terminal without Network Manager on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian based operating systems.
Like many of you out there I use mobile broadband as my Internet connection. What bugs me the most is that annoying virtual CD-ROM drive that pops out every time I put my stick in my USB connector. The idea is that average user has all of its modem drivers (of course Windows only) nearby. What's the use for that thing on our beloved Linux boxes? I know one. We can have fun disabling this annoyance once and for all. In this article I'll show you how to use your your Linux PC to disable virtual CD-ROM drive with built in software on Huawei and ZTE GSM modem devices.
I currently use mobile broadband as my primary Internet connection and this worked great on my Linux PCs for a while. The GSM modem I'm using every day is good old Huawei e220, but there is one aspect of this great hardware device I haven't used on my Linux PCs, and that is sending/receiving SMS messages. In this article I will show you how to send and receive SMS messages using GSM modem or phone on Ubuntu Linux PC.