FreeBSD 9 and 3G Modems

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Wed Jan 25 22:30:26 UTC 2012

On 01/26/12 03:39, Alejandro Imass wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:50 AM, Odhiambo Washington<odhiambo at>  wrote:
> [...]
>> You know, sometimes all this process is what makes people shy off of *BSD. I am a diehard lover of FreeBSD, but the few times I have installed Linux on my laptop, this whole process was a breeze... well, not quite, but not as difficult as it is in FreeBSD. Luckily, I use WiFi more than I use 3G, so it's never quite bothered me. Even now, I just want to see how easy it can be on PC-BSD/FreeBSD, with a GUI to boot, if there is, but I do not feel it is such a big necessity for me, because I have D-Link DIR-825 which can use this modem on it's USB port and allow me to use 3G.
> It used to be like that in Linux as well. It's only until recently
> that the netowrk manager app supports 3g modems. The problem is when
> these graphical apps fail you have virtually no way to see what's
> going on, just plug and pray.
> If you get the tty, using Wvdial is actuall much easier than any other
> dialing/ppp tool I've ever used. So even on Linuxes with NM applet and
> 3g modem support I would use Wvdial, and on FBSD especially! wvdial is
> much more robust than the nm apps, IMHO.
Network manager's a colossal screw up if you ask me- I had no end of 
trouble with it when I used linux. One very good reason to use FreeBSD 
when nm is inextricably linked to the core of linux (how is a gui app 
possibly allowed to do that, I'll never know).

Sorry; and now back to your regular thread...

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