Update on 3G Modems

We did some testing on 3G modems at OLF and loading the u3g driver seems to do the trick (earlier versions of FreeBSD had a conflict between u3g and umass but this seems to be fixed now). You can load the driver by issuing this command as the superuser:

kldload u3g

If you would like the driver to autoload at boot time, carefully add this line to /boot/loader.conf:


Lars Engels also provided a useful link containing an exhaustive list of APNs, usernames and passwords.

Please let us know if further configuration settings are required (i.e. which are currently not possible to do within the System Network Configuration utility) in order to get your modem to work.

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Written by dru. Posted in hardware, testers

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Comments (1)

  • Lars
    September 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    You need to be able to enter the SIM’s PIN.
    I hacked up a script, which can query the PIN status, send the PIN to the device, show the current provider, type of connection.
    It can be found here:

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