I have a 3g Modem and it's my only way to connect to internet .

In the GUI Mode it's easy to connect via Network Manager, But how to connect to internet with this modem in the Text Mode?

  • Nice question, I need to know, too. Jan 9, 2012 at 18:29

3 Answers 3



  • 1
    nmcli con up id <id> & or nmcli con up uuid <uuid> & thanks that is .
    – eyadof
    Jan 9, 2012 at 18:51
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    This is a weird answer... Mind explaining what the answer is?
    – jrg
    Jan 10, 2012 at 17:30
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    I rather like my one-word answer :), but sure: nmcli a command line client for the Network Manager daemon.
    – tumbleweed
    Jan 10, 2012 at 21:24

I use wvdial to connect to my 3G modem as below:

  1. install wvdial :

    sudo apt-get install wvdial
  2. edit the wvdial.conf file by any text editor say gedit by below command:

    sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf
  3. copy paste the following lines in wvdial.conf

    [Dialer a]
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    Phone = *99#
    ISDN = 0
    Baud = 460800
    Username = " "
    Password = " "
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = at+cgdcont=1,"ip","your apn"
    Stupid Mode = 1

4 connect using ( you can change the name as you want by replacing a in above wvdial.conf )

 wvdial a 

(just add apn according to isp you are using like aircelgprs for aircel, bsnnet for bsnl etc. in wvial.conf file in place of "your apn")

  • I've been looking after this for two hours. Raspbian working with Huawei 3531 HSPA+ & Freedompop just changing "your apn" for freedompop.foggmobile.com" and editing this file: #/etc/ppp/peers/wvdial noauth name wvdial # uncomment usepeerdns if you want to use your carriers dns server. # Leave commented if you are using google dns or other publicly available dns servers #usepeerdns defaultroute replacedefaultroute
    – edumgui
    Feb 25, 2017 at 16:48


It is a very basic UI for Network Manager. More convenient than "nmcli" IMHO.

  • Oops didn't realise the question was asked in 2012 ... Aug 15, 2019 at 8:27
  • There is no problem answering to an old post. More ways to solve a problem are always good and new software might have been developed since the question was asked. Aug 15, 2019 at 10:24

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