[maemo-users] cellphone tether works from N810 but not laptop

From: Andrew Daviel advax at triumf.ca
Date: Fri Sep 21 01:06:44 EEST 2012
On Wed, 22 Aug 2012, Valeri Galtsev wrote:

> Hi Andrew,
> Fedora 9 in awfully old... Try boot off live CD with latest Fedora (17).
> If Fedora 17 behaves, it may be lime to upgrade system on laptop ;-)

Thanks for the reply - which I'm ashamed to say I've only just got around 
to reading after getting back from vacation and catching up on work email 

Yes I know FC9 is old - I often follow the "if it ain't broke don't fix 
it" philosophy, and the laptop is not my primary computer and still runs 
Firefox and gphoto2 and mplayer just fine ...

I may try your suggestion of a LiveCD - though I suspect around town I'd 
have trouble finding a weak enough signal. The problem appeared when I 
was sailing on my boat miles from any cell towers.

I had the same kind of message (at least, tethering didn't 
work) in Nokia's PC Suite software on Vista on the same laptop. So it's 
not just Fedora 9 with the problem. I was wondering if anyone had any 
insight into differences between the N810 and x86 Linux networking 
software that might explain what I was seeing


> Good luck!
> Valeri
> On Wed, August 22, 2012 5:47 pm, Andrew Daviel wrote:
>> I have a Nokia E71 phone, an N810 and a laptop
>>   running Fedora Core 9. The laptop has Bluetooth, also a USB cable to
>> connect to the E71.
>> If I have a good signal, I can use the packet data interface on the phone
>> itself, or on the N810 via Bluetooth to get an Internet connection.
>> But the laptop does not always work. Close to a tower, if I use the cable
>> and select 'PC Suite' mode on the phone, the Gnome network app shows a
>> wireless connection and syslog talks about ttyACM0 and activating my
>> connection.
>> Further away from a tower, the connection does not show in the app and
>> syslog says 'ignoring due to lack of mobile broadband capability'
>> I had naively thought the two devices used the same capability on the
>> phone.
>> Does anyone know what the problem is, and if it's possible to get a
>> connection on the laptop at greater distance ?
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