Modem help

Sean Bruno sean.bruno at
Fri Feb 22 21:32:23 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-02-22 at 16:29 -0500, max bianco wrote:
> 2008/2/22 Mikkel L. Ellertson <mikkel at>:
>         max bianco wrote:
>         > Can someone point me to a good modem how to? I am trying to
>         setup a
>         > dial-in server and I cannot detect my modem but it is listed
>         in lspci.
>         > When i run wvdialconf i get no modem detected. I have tried
>         several
>         > different modems, lspci lists them but my configuration is
>         obviously
>         > lacking somewhere, i have used the setserial command but
>         apparently not
>         > correctly. i have read and followed several how to's but
>         none by itself
>         > seems complete. Can anyone help by pointing me to a good
>         source for
>         > modem config on  Redhat and clones. I know not all modems
>         are compatible
>         > so a suggestion for an internal modem that is know to work
>         is also
>         > welcome. I have a lot of old internal modems lying around so
>         one is
>         > bound to be compatible. I have tried conextant, agere, ESS,
>         and
>         > smartlink internal modems. From what I understand I'd have
>         better luck
>         > with an external modem but I don't have one lying around
>         so.....
>         >
>         > Thanks,
>         >
>         > Max
>         >
>         Let me make sure I understand what you are trying to do. If I
>         am
>         reading things right, you want people to be able to dial into
>         your
>         machine, and log in (or make a ppp connection). If this is the
>         case,
>         you need to configure mgetty for the ports you want. You then
>         need
>         to create entries for each line in /etc/inittab. They used to
>         include examples in inittab, but they do not any more. There
>         are
>         examples in the inittab man page. There is also a fair amount
>         of
>         documentation included in the gmetty package.
> Yes I want to be able to dial in and access the network. However I am
> having  trouble dialing out from my f8 box as it does not detect the
> modem. The dial-in server is centos actually but it has the same
> problem, it cannot detect the modem that is installed. So I figure
> these as my first two hurdles, getting both boxes to recognize that
> they have modems then setting up the stuff you suggest with mgetty or
> do i have to configure mgetty to get my modem recognized in the first
> place? The mgetty config would only be needed on the machine i dial in
> to right?
> Thanks, 
> Max
> -- 
Can you post the output of lspci -vv for your modem please?


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