Sprint broadband wireless card

I have recently been provided with a sprint novatel s620 wireless broadband card and have been able to get it working under Dapper without any issues. I will attempt to relay the configuration since I have seen a lot of people having issues with getting this card working under Linux or have gotten it working but are experiencing speed issues. I can't take credit but used serveral web pages for setting up my card. None of them really worked by themselves but by using serveral other configs I was able to work it out.
Reference web sites:
http://www.cs.drexel.edu/~kfu22/evdo/ (this site is the one I ended up using to get the card operational)
First steps, create the following files, and place them in /ect/ppp/peers.
Cut/paste in file name sprint.
#the USB serial device of the EVDO PCMCIA card.
lcp-echo-failure 0
lcp-echo-interval 9999
#your login information
user "sprintphone#"@sprintpcs.com
230400 # speed
defaultroute # use the cellular network for the default route
usepeerdns # use the DNS servers from the remote network
-detach # keep pppd in the foreground
crtscts # hardware flow control
#lock # lock the serial port
noauth # don't expect the modem to authenticate itself
connect "/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/ppp/peers/sprint-connect"
disconnect "/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/ppp/peers/sprint-disconnect"
Next create file name sprint-connect.
SAY 'Starting Sprint\n'
'' 'ATZ'
'OK' 'AT&F0'
'OK' 'ATE0v1'
'' 'AT+CSQ'
'OK' 'ATDT#777'
Then file named sprint-disconnect.
"" "\K"
"" "+++ATH0"
SAY "Disconnected from Sprint."

In the sprint file, you will need to replace
"sprintphone#"@sprintpcs.com, with your sprint phone number. I found this by loading the provided Windows software on a windows XP computer and opened the Sprint PCS connection manager. Go to the menu, and then Device Info & Diagnostics. Verify your username, which is usually your sprint phone #.

Now open a terminal window and type the following to start your connection:
sudo pppd call sprint

2 Response to "Sprint broadband wireless card"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello -

    I am new to the Linux world and have downloaded the OpenSuse 10.2 implementation. Since it uses slightly different applications than Ubuntu, is there any advice you can give me that would be different than listed for the S620 install. Also, I am having trouble getting the built-in wireless card to work. Any pointers would be appreciated.

    Not sure if it makes a difference, but I am renning the 64-bit version of the OS.

    Thanks in advance for your help :)

    Dave G. Kansas City

    philwil says:

    Sorry for the late response. Have not been keeping up this blog very well. You should be able to get the sprint card working, although 64-bit may be a problem. I usually run 32-bit even on machines that are 64 just because it seems to work better. Let me know more details about what you have tried and I will see if i can help.


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