Posts Tagged ‘3G’

Network connection with HTC Hero and Debian

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I have an HTC Hero, an Android phone, for one year. But I never tried to share his network connection with my Debian laptop. To prepare my trip to Debconf10, I try it today and… I’m surprised because it’s so easy!

1. Plug your phone on USB
2. Active “Share your phone network” on phone (in french: “Partage du réseau mobile”)
3. You see now an usb0 ethernet device:

usb0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr a2:17:af:4f:fa:da
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 lg file transmission:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

4. Configure usb0 to have the network configuration with your favorite tool (ifconfig for example).
5. Now you can ping your phone with Use it as gateway and enjoy: your laptop is now connected with Wi-Fi, GPRS or 3G+!

Note: I use HTC Hero with Android 1.5 (build number: and the french mobile phone provider Orange.

SFR Huawei 3G+ USB key with Debian

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

After Orange GPRS with Nokia 6630 and SFR GPRS with Nokia E65, I use now mainly Huawei 3G+ USB key with SFR (french mobile phone provider).

lsusb info about this Huawei 3G+ USB key:

Bus 003 Device 003: ID 12d1:1003 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. E220 HSDPA Modem / E270 HSDPA/HSUPA Modem

And dmesg info:

[208765.818448] option 3-1:1.0: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
[208765.818448] usb 3-1: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB3
[208765.830451] usb-storage: probe of 3-1:1.1 failed with error -5
[208765.830451] option 3-1:1.1: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
[208765.830451] usb 3-1: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB4
[208765.830502] scsi12 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[208765.834458] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=12d1, idProduct=1003
[208765.834458] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[208765.834458] usb 3-1: Product: HUAWEI Mobile
[208765.834458] usb 3-1: Manufacturer: HUAWEI Technologies
[208765.834458] usb-storage: device found at 3
[208765.834458] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[208770.863868] usb-storage: device scan complete
[208770.866850] scsi 12:0:0:0: CD-ROM            HUAWEI   Mass Storage     2.31 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
[208770.887881] sr0: scsi-1 drive
[208770.887881] sr 12:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0
[208770.887881] sr 12:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 5

For connecting, I tried an infamous GUI distributed by Vodafone in Debian package. Too buggy, too complex. The best solution is using a PPP chatscript.

Then, plug USB key, sleep 20 and unlock it:

echo 'at+cpin="1234"' > /dev/ttyUSB3

Note: 1234 is PIN code (or not) and /dev/ttyUSB3 is modem device.

Create these 2 files:


connect "/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/ppp/peers/"
user ignored
remotename whatever
ipparam whatever


# Chat file for Huawei E220 HSDPA USB modem
'' AT
OK 'ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0'
OK 'AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","websfr"'
OK ATDT*99***1#

Finally you can:

pppd call gprs

SFR GPRS with Debian

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

I use Nokia E65 phone and SFR (french mobile phone provider). Note there is at least two possibilities for access: wapsfr (for WAP browsing and AFAIK illimited) and websfr (less restricted but with high-cost level). I will only speak about wapsfr here. For connecting, it’s the same method like Orange SFR with Debian excepted you set wapfr instead of in /etc/ppp/peers/gprs-wvdial.conf file. Then you are now connected but access seems restricted to 80 and 443 ports via proxy (NetApp/6.0.7 NetCache appliance announced by HTTP headers). For HTTP browsing, you must change your User-Agent to Vodafone/1.0/HTC_Mercury/ for HTTP browsing. Of course, no problem for HTTPS browsing. And for SSH (for example SSH tunnel to have a full Internet access), you can use corkscrew and a SSH server reachable on tcp/443 to bypass the proxy. Just “apt-get” it and launch:

ssh -o "ProxyCommand /usr/bin/corkscrew %h %p %h %p" -p 443 login@your_ssh_server