Tata Indicom has changed the face of wireless broadband in India. With its comparatively cheap unlimited offer, it is currently the best buy.
Tata Indicom offers unlimited surfing + download at Rs.800 per month. The offer is valid for Tata Photon Whiz. Although it operates at a compromised speed, it provides the advantage of unlimited surfing.
Tata Indicom Whiz has a dialer for Windows. However, many complain that there is no Tata Indicom dialer for Linux.
Well, there is no dialer because Linux has a dialer of its own which does the job. Follow these steps to setup your Photon Whiz with the “wvdial” dialer.
- Install “wvdial” if you do not have it already. To install wvdial, use the command:
sudo apt-get install wvdial
- Next, plug in your Tata Indicom USB Modem.
- Now, create a dialer for your modem with the command:
sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
This creates the appropriate dialer configuration for your modem. Remember to keep the modem plugged in while running this command.
- Edit the wvdial.conf file by issuing
sudo vi /etc/wvdial.conf
- Your wvdial.conf file opens on issuing the above command. It should look like this :
[Dialer Defaults] Init1 = ATZ Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0 Init3 = AT+CRM=1 Stupid Mode = 1 Modem Type = Analog Modem Phone = 0 ISDN = 0 Password = <password> New PPPD = <username> Username = internet Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0 Baud = 9600
- Now you have to edit the file. Put “internet” in place of <username> and <password>. Do not change any other auto-generated entry. Place the appropriate phone number in place of 0. It is #777 for Tata Indocom.
That should complete setting up your dialer. Now, to dial a connection, simply execute
in a terminal window. Enjoy.
[ In case it still does not work, add the lines:
Init3 = AT+CRM=1
Stupid Mode = 1
Stupid mode allows the connection to dial through a firewall and Init3 = AT+CRM=1 prevents frequent disconnections.
Thanks to Prashanth for pointing this out in a comment to this post. ]