Connect to the internet via an UMTS connection

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UMTS allows you to connect to the internet via the mobile phone provider's network. That means you can even surf while riding a train or a car. Here is how you use your umts hardware. Find out your distribution and proceed accordingly.


This chapter has been written with SUSE Linux 11.1 in mind, but should work same or similar for every version.

  • Install umtsmon
yast2 -i umtsmon
  • in case of a USB surf stick: attach it
  • Start umtsmon
  • enter your pin
  • Choose Connection|Manage profiles
  • Add a profile with the APN, save it
  • Click Connection|Connect.

It works now:

 tweedleburg:~ # ping
 PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=245 time=1158 ms
 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=245 time=896 ms
 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=245 time=719 ms
 --- ping statistics ---
 4 packets transmitted, 3 received, 25% packet loss, time 4291ms
 rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 1890.317/2142.079/2282.493/178.426 ms, pipe 3
 tweedleburg:~ # ifconfig
 ppp0      Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
           inet addr:  P-t-P:  Mask:
           RX packets:266 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
           TX packets:340 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
           collisions:0 txqueuelen:3
           RX bytes:112893 (110.2 Kb)  TX bytes:58689 (57.3 Kb)

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