Re: Can a US Robotics USB Softmodem be made to work on Linux?
- Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:30:12 -0400
- From: Fungi4All <fungilife@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Can a US Robotics USB Softmodem be made to work on Linux?
-------- Original Message --------UTC Time: June 15, 2017 8:46 PMFrom: electron@xxxxxxxxxxxxxI have a U.S. Robotics USR5639 USB modem. I am wondering how hard itis to get it to work with Linux. Using Mint 18.1.
Here is some good bedtime reading http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch/
The modem does not show up at all in /dev when plugged in but hereis what "lsusb" says:Bus 001 Device 006: ID 047e:2892 Agere Systems, Inc. (Lucent) Systems Soft Modem
It is probably reading it as usb flash which may be meant for miss-windows to read the drivers
for it. You need to tell the computer that it is a modem, an analog one.
Is it practical to try to make this work or should I just get a "real"modem?
It is the most fun you can ever have on linux ... making things work. The sad part
is that the engineers who designed it probably did it on unix/linux but were
paid to produce windows code for it. Most likely if you run something like winXP
it will recognize it and use it in minutes.
Good old LU went down the lu. I thought they went under but they are part
of Nokia now. It probably has some collectors' value. Please
record the handshake noise and forward it to us. I suspect you want to use it
as a fax or transmit data through some other analog medium? I would be
surprised if someone still has such a service or a BBS (remember those old farts?)
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