Saturday, August 30, 2008

BSNL EvDO finally ... sorry nope

With internet connectivity at my campus being unreliable and unsuitable for voice/video chat thanks to the proxy not responding frequently, and introducing long delays, I finally got an EvDO connection from BSNL. When I went there to the exchange to get the device, I found that it was configured as 1xRTT and not 1xEvDO. So sat with the engineer till he checked with the higher officials who were giving confusing answers, with some saying that EvDO is not yet enabled in India etc. But the engineer did not take it and finally managed to get through the right officer to configure it. Strangely it refused to detect a network when I got to my place. After another visit to the exchange, was informed of some configuration problems with EvDO. So currently got it reconfigured to 1xRTT. At least it works now. Was told it would be configured for EvDO once it was functioning properly.

Was able to get it up and running on Ubuntu/Hardy using the airprime driver. However could not get the same done on Fedora 7 and Fedora 9. Not sure how it works on other Linux distros.

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