Last night, I received a USB mobile broadband modem (commonly called Datacard, from Tataindicom) from my project manager as I’ll be away for a week and have to connect remotely. I took it to the Windows XP machine, connected to USB port, and got a bubble “Your hardware is not recogzined” message after those funny “Install driver” screens. I went back to him and got a small software provided by the vendor to connect. After installing it and clicking the “Connect” button, it got connected.
I left office, reached home and did boot up my Fedora 10 laptop, and then plugged in the Datacard. Few seconds later, the red blinking light turned green and I cliked on the NetworkManager applet to see avilable connections. Doh – “Auto Mobile Broadband Connection” is there! I checked the log files and saw that HAL and DBus conspired together with NM to make that happen. 🙂
I chose that connection, NM tried to connect, but failed. I was puzzled at what could be the problem, so checked the connection by editing it, and guessed that I need a username/password. Thankfully, I came across this post, and gave the username/password as “internet”. I tried to connect, and it got connected the next second!
Next time I find another guy arguing about the ‘user friendliness’, I going to punch straight on his face with no questions asked.
Well, as I mentioned many times elsewhere, NetworkManager is the best thing that happened in Linux desktop in quite some years. Great piece of engineering.