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Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

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Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

I've been messing about with Linux for some time now (I've lost count of the number of systems I've installed and overwritten!). I would have happily used Linux all of the time, except that I have a K90 PCMCIA modem which appears to be a "winmodem".

Now, owing to crossed wires in talking to two different PlusNet advisors, I've ended up with the PlusNet ADSL "starter pack" - only to find that the Conexant USB modem supplied seems not to be supported in Linux.

Other than purchasing a new ADSL modem (or ethernet cards for 2 computers + router - even more expensive!), can anybody make any helpful suggestions? E.g., possible sources of drivers, feasability of connecting via 'wine', etc.
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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

I am in exactly the same situation. I was given the impression the usb starter pack would work on linux. I would gladly send back the pack and pay a little bit more for a router or linux compatable modem.

In looking into the matter I have found out that there are no linux drivers available (and its damned hard to find windows ones). Also the modem wont worth with the few linux usb drivers out there. Wine wont work as wine uses linux own hardware drivers for interface with the system hardware.

This leaves us with 2 real options, firstly to buy linux compatable hardware. This isnt good as I have only had the usb modem for 1 month yet I would be paying for it for a further 11 months, or secondly a small lan. I built up old pc, installed winme and winroute (http://www.winroute.com) than connected that pc and my main one via a lan. This works for me though is hardly the best option.
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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

Hi,

I don't know how helpful this will be but here goes...

The Alcatel 'frog' Speedtouch USB modems will supposedly work with Linux - maybe Plusnet will swap with one of these as I think they used to use these.

There's a Linux compatible ADSL PCI card that uses PPPoA (PPP over ATM) via an RJ11 socket - the same used in the USB modems - about £50. May be the cheapest way to go.

http://www.solwise.co.uk/adsl-pci.htm

Rather than get a box running proxies and such together with windows licenses, it'll probably be cheaper to get an ADSL modem/router see:

http://www.adslguide.org.uk/hardware/reviews/default.asp

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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

Something else to check out - a router to plug into usb modems:

http://www.seg.co.uk/products/a_vigor2200usb.html



Have you checked with plusnet about 'upgrading' to a router or a different type of usb modem? Especially if it was there advice that made you think you usb would work with linux.

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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

true but this means buying a modem when I have already payed for one that was already supposed to run under linux. As for building a box, well it was from old bitsI had spare from upgrades, as for windows licences and routing software its not like the majority of people here will be running 100% legal vers anyway.

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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

and incidentaly the usb router at http://www.seg.co.uk/products/a_vigor2200usb.html while at first seaming to be a great peice of kit doesnt support the Conexant USB-ADSL modem to quote their web page "only the Alcatel Speedtouch USB, Fujitsu FDX-310, Westell Wirespeed and Intel 3220/Pro modems are tested and approved for use with the Vigor2200USB in the UK". So while it may work you dont know untill you payed for it.
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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

> and incidentaly the usb router at http://www.seg.co.uk/products/a_vigor2200usb.html while at first seaming to be a great peice of kit doesnt support the Conexant USB-ADSL modem to quote their web page "only the Alcatel Speedtouch USB, Fujitsu FDX-310, Westell Wirespeed and Intel 3220/Pro modems are tested and approved for use with the Vigor2200USB in the UK". So while it may work you dont know untill you payed for it.

Do you have an option of returing the plusnet self install package? If so i think yopu should and go for a router / Modem. It is a lot faster and a lot less hassel to maintain. Just plugit in and leave it on.

I use a SMC7401BRA and It was dead easy to setup. You will have to invest in a network card as well. Or you can use the USB port on the router. I am not sure how the router works with Linux

The router cost me 114 with dilivery charges.





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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

I dont know I have contacted plusnet on this but they have yet to get back to me on this. I would prefer a router as thats what I use for my cable line as well. I belive the problem lies in that I chose the free starter pack and no activation fee package for a slightly higher monthly fee.
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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

I have just noticed customer support answering some of these threads, how about an answer for us then? seeing as someone missled me and another person into getting the USB starter pack beliving it would work under linux, is there any way at all that we can send these modems back and get them replaced for a linux compatable one. If so will it costs and so on.
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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

Hi,

Our USB modem does not seem to be compatible with Linux OS AND windows NT.

Should you have ordered the hardware and be running one of the above OS's we will be happy to have the hardware returned and change it for the router.

Additioanl costs will need to be incurred for shipping.

Best Regards,

Dave Watson.

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| David Watson. Unmetered & ADSL solutions
| Technical Support. for Home & Business
| PlusNet Technologies Ltd. @ http://www.plus.net
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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

Could you advise us on what those costs will be?
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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

> Could you advise us on what those costs will be?

The costs associated with the hardware will be based on standard post office costs. These should be around the £3-4 mark.

Best Regards,

Dave Watson.

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| David Watson. Unmetered & ADSL solutions
| Technical Support. for Home & Business
| PlusNet Technologies Ltd. @ http://www.plus.net
+ ----- My Referrals - It pays to recommend PlusNet ----- +



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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

Ok this is more than fair, where do I send the old modem, how do I make the payment for postage (cheque, credit card, off my bill etc), and how long from when I send it off till I recive the replacement router. Also will you require the microfilters to be sent back and is the original box that the usb modem required.

Thanks for this plusnet have endeared them selves to me in this matter Cheesy

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RE: Conexant USB-ADSL modem and Linux

I've only just discovered a lot of the responses to my original post - partly to do with being away a lot, and partly to do with the fact that the PlusNet site must be the slowest on the Net! I can't always be bothered to wait 2 or 3 minutes to see if I'm going to get a particular page!

Anyway, does your offer to replace the ADSL modem with a router still stand, after this amount of time?

If so, what do I need? My own computer is a laptop (running Linux for preference), my partner's runs Windows ME. Presumably we would both need network cards (mine a PCMCIA one).

Must the computers be networked together? If that sounds like a stupid question, bear in mind that I have no experience and virtually no knowledge of networking.

What is the additional equipment (network cards) likely to cost me (in round figures)?

David