Re: Debian compatibility with US Robotics USR5637 external USB modem
On 2/25/2010 11:09 PM, Peter Tenenbaum wrote:
Hi there --
I'm getting ready to assemble a computer, and intend to use Debian Linux
as the OS. In addition to everything else I want to have a 56k modem
for the computer -- partially as an emergency backup for the network,
but mainly so that I can run a fax and answering machine app on the
computer and get rid of my extremely low-quality answering machine.
From what I've seen out there, the US Robotics USR5637 looks like a
promising option: it's a small (almost tiny) external modem which
connects via USB, and purports to have Linux support. My question: has
anyone had any experiences (good or bad) with this component on a Debian
Thanks in advance,
I have used external USB modems. Mine Just Worked. I can't answer to
your specific model. I seem to recall that Linux regarded the modem as
a USB serial port, and pointing kppp or whatever at it worked with
almost no fuss and bother. YMMV.
I also used an internal, yes, internal, modem of a US Robotics variety.
Sorry the model number escapes me. The thing is, it is a true
hardware modem, and no firmware binaries are needed as are with
WinModems. Again, Linux regarded the thing as a serial device.
I would like to suggest another option. A router that can accept 3G
cellular internet air cards. I use a Cradlepoint router and a Pantech
USB modem UM175. Works astonishingly well, and you don't have to teach
Iceweasel/Firefox, Epiphany, Konquerer, and Google Chrome all work.