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BTOpenworld Home 500 (Alcatel Speedtouch USB)

5. BTOpenworld Home 500 (Alcatel Speedtouch USB)

5.1. About this section

There is rather a large amount of credit due here, to Chris Jones for writing the Alcatel Speedtouch USB ASDL Modem mini-HOWTO that is now part of the DSL HOWTO. This helped me a great deal when trying to get my Speedtouch to work.

5.4. Requirements

To get your Speedtouch USB working in Linux you have a fairly heavyweight task ahead of you, but hey, if I could do it so can you! This is what you'll need to get it working:

  • You must have the kernel source installed and know the procedure for installing and compiling a new kernel. If this is a problem then read the Kernel HOWTO.

  • You must be running one of the following Kernels: 2.3.39, 2.4.0-test4, 2.4.1-pre7, 2.4.7, 2.4.8-pre5. This is because the PPPoATM patch for the kernel exists patched against specific kernels, some may work with similar kernel versions but I cannot vouch for that

  • You, obviously, need a USB controller of some description with at least one free plug. It also must be Linux compatible, nowadays this is most USB controllers that are UHCI/OHCI based. If you don't have one your local supplier would probably have a PCI USB Controller.

  • A heap-load of confidence with meddling with your config. eg: kernel recompiling, program installation...

5.5. Software Downloads

To get the Speedtouch working under Linux you will need some software and kernel patches found below:

5.6. Patching your kernel

Once you have the PPPoATM kernel patch (this assumes you use the patch against kernel 2.4.7) you need to make sure you have a working 2.4.7 kernel tree, next unzip the PPPoATM patch by doing:

NOTE: From rougly kernel 2.4.16 (I haven't tested to see hwo far back it goes) the PPPoATM patch is included in Linus' main kernel tree, therefore you may skip the patching below and resume ready to configure the kernel.

gzip -d pppoatm-2.zip

Next we will need to test-patch the kernel using the following commands:

patch -p1 -s -E --dry-run < /point/to/pppoatm-2

If that ran without failure then patch the kernel by removing the --dry-run as such:

patch -p1 -s -E < /point/to/pppoatm-2

That should have patched the kernel good-and-proper so we can go ahead and configure it, make sure the following options are selected along with your personal build options:

You could select any of these as modules or compiled-in but as I followed Chris Jones' HOWTO I compiled the all but UHCI/OHCI as compiled-in code. Save the kernel config and compile the kernel and modules as you normally do.

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