Connecting a KDDI W41H mobile phone to a Linux box

A 2.4mbps Connection :-)

My mobile phone is a W41H PacketWIN enabled gadget from KDDI/Hitachi. I contacted KDDI today to find out if they supported Linux and or Mac. Of course they did not :-( However, as luck would have it the packet connection worked flawlessly under Linux (Ubuntu Dapper Drake - 2.6.15-23 kernel).

Here is what you need to do to get this up and running:

Step One: Plug the phone into the laptop using the cable that came with the phone.

Step Two: On the phone choose "Data Comm/Trans" within the dialog that pops up.

Step Three: Check the connection environment available by pressing the square navigation button followed by "5" "5" "1".

You should see something like "PacketComm Max 2.4 Mbps available"

Step Four: On your Linux box command line type the following: dmesg | grep acm

Look for something similar to this:

[4294919.967000] cdc_acm 1-1:1.0: ttyACM0: USB ACM device

Step Five: Configure a ppp conection using the following settings:

Device: /dev/ttyACM0
Phone Number:  *99**24#
Password: au

Step Six: Surf away at 2.4 Mbps, but watch your usage as KDDI will charge you for each packet. 

And that's it :-)

Unfortunately I have not been able to get this working under Mac OS X :-( If I do I will be sure to blog it here.

Regards, Bawdo2001

tags: Linux

Wed 21 Jun 2006, 23:14