freebsd-questions Digest, Vol 48, Issue 21

J. Seth Henry jshamlet at
Sat Feb 21 07:08:22 PST 2004

The ugen device means that there wasn't a kernel driver to handle the device. 
I don't believe you can use the ugen device as a formatted device (like cuaa, 
tty, etc).

What is the exact model of your modem? Most of the Alcatel SpeedTouch models I 
looked at claimed to have a UTP network port on them. I'm on a cable modem 
myself, but could you switch out the modem for one that does have a network 

Seth Henry

On Friday, February 20, 2004 20:29, freebsd-questions-request at 
> From: Daniela <dgw at>
> Subject: USB modem support?
> To: questions at
> Message-ID: <200402210226.24650.dgw at>
> Content-Type: text/plain;  charset="us-ascii"
> I'm having problems with an USB ADSL modem (Alcatel Speed Touch). It is
> recognized at boot time, but when I try to connect, it tells me that the
> modem is busy.
> I symlinked /dev/cuaa3 to /dev/ugen1 (that's the device that showed up in
> the boot messages) and directed the kppp utility to use /dev/cuaa3. I
> entered all the information it asked me for, and then I got the error
> message: Modem is busy. My ISP told me to f*** off and get Windoze.
> Anything else is unsupported.
> Is it a hardware problem or a classical case of a dumb user?
> I'm not unexperienced with Ethernet connections, and I have a great
> knowledge of the TCP/IP standard, but I have never done anything with
> modems, so I can't even imagine how this stuff works.
> Regards,
> Daniela

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