In yesterday’s post on Eeebuntu, I mentioned in passing that I wished Eeebuntu made it easier to configure PPP-over-Bluetooth, to use a mobile phone as a 3G modem wirelessly.
Whilst that particular gripe still stands, I’m pleased to report that if you don’t mind using USB instead of Bluetooth, the maintainers of Eeebuntu have made it quite straightforward to set up Internet access via a 3G phone (and, according to this forum post, at least some USB 3G broadband “dongles”).
The author of the above forum post, stated that all he had to do was plug in a USB dongle, and a “wizard” dialogue box popped up, allowing him to configure the device as a modem. I wondered if the same would happen if I plugged in my phone (a Nokia N95), so I did so, remembering to set the phone’s connection type to “PC Suite”.
Lo and behold: up popped the “wizard”, asking me for my country and 3G network provider; within sixty seconds, an option for a 3G connection was added to my list of available networks.
Yes, a wireless (Bluetooth) option would really “ice the cake”, but for now, I’m pleased to report that in many cases, setting up a 3G modem in Eeebuntu is as easy as plugging it in and following a couple of easy steps.