This howto shows one way to get a working speedtouch USB modem. It uses the kernel driver, not the userspace driver. This howto assumes that your ISP uses PPPoA and not PPPoE.
Kernel modules and ppp
Make sure you have a kernel with the proper support (at least the modules
speedtch). The default Arch kernel should work.
Otherwise make sure that your kernel supports firmware loading:
$ zgrep FW_LOADER /proc/config.gz
Then install the package.
The manual way
### /etc/ppp/peers/speedtch # To connect to using this configuration file, do # pppd call speedtch lcp-echo-interval 10 lcp-echo-failure 10 noipdefault defaultroute user "username@ispname" noauth noaccomp nopcomp noccp novj holdoff 4 persist maxfail 25 updetach usepeerdns plugin pppoatm.so # Following entry is country/ISP dependent 8.48
The last entry depends on your country/ISP and is created from the VPI and VCI setting in the format
VPI.VCI. This page has a VPI / VCI Setting List.
You also need to configure /etc/ppp/pap-secrets or chap-secrets, depending on your ISP. pap-secrets files are of the format:
# Secrets for authentication using PAP # client server secret IP addresses "ISP-Username" * ISP-password *
See The PAP/CHAP secrets file for more details.
If you want to use the DNS servers provided by your ISP (you probably do!) then make a symlink /etc/resolv.conf pointing to /etc/ppp/resolv.conf:
cd etc rm resolv.conf ln -s ppp/resolv.conf resolv.conf
Make a file
/etc/udev/rules.d/99-speedtouch.rules and put something like the following in it:
ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="atm", KERNEL=="speedtch*", RUN="/usr/bin/pppd call speedtch"
With this Udev will start pppd automatically, if you do not want this you can simply bring up your modem using
pppd call speedtch
Now you have everything except the firmware loading. The easiest way is to let udev do it. Download rev4fw.zip (note disclaimer here) and unzip it. It contains two files, a small one and a big one. Copy the small file to
/usr/lib/firmware/speedtch-1.bin and the big one to
# mkdir -p /usr/lib/firmware # cp small_file /usr/lib/firmware/speedtch-1.bin # cp large_file /usr/lib/firmware/speedtch-2.bin
If you cannot download this file then follow the instructions of the second link above and use the firmware extractor (or download another firmware which has the two files).
If the modem is being detected correctly and the firmware is loading, you should see something like the following from dmesg:
usbcore: registered new driver speedtch usb 1-1: found stage 1 firmware speedtch-1.bin CSLIP: code copyright 1989 Regents of the University of California PPP generic driver version 2.4.2 usb 1-1: found stage 2 firmware speedtch-2.bin ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team ADSL line is synchronising DSL line goes up ADSL line is up (800 Kib/s down || 256 Kib/s up)
The pppd output in the journal should look something like:
Plugin pppoatm.so loaded. PPPoATM plugin_init PPPoATM setdevname - remove unwanted options PPPoATM setdevname_pppoatm - SUCCESS:8.48 Using interface ppp0 Connect: ppp0 <--> 8.48 PAP authentication succeeded local IP address 184.108.40.206 remote IP address 220.127.116.11 primary DNS address 18.104.22.168 secondary DNS address 22.214.171.124
If you are having problems you can check pppd debug messages by adding debug to
/etc/ppp/peers/speedtch. This can help identify authentication problems (e.g. pap vs chap auth), etc. Otherwise make sure you check your VPI/VCI settings!