Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 68271
RFE: Alcatel SpeedTouch USB DSL modem support
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:43:58 EDT
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Description of problem:
My friend's computer has an Alcatel SpeedTouch USB modem that connects to the
Internet using a PPPoA connection; it is supported under Linux but not by
default, which makes for a real hassle when configuring.
Could support be added for the upcoming 8.0 release? The driver (and its
alternate) is open source; it does require some binary data from Alcatel though
(link provided on the page at the URL above).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Limbo on a computer with Alcatel SpeedTouch USB
Actual Results: Modem not detected
Expected Results: Modem detected, available for setup under first-time setup wizard
Alternate driver at http://benoit.papillault.free.fr/speedtouch/index.en.php3
Linux driver from Alcatel/Thomson at:
It requires a binary only management tool
How about just PPPoA support, so it would be easier for users to compile the USB
This modem is also very common in the UK, as the major ISPs typically give it
away or offer it as an option with an ADSL broadband connection.
Adding support for the existing linux drivers from
http://linux-usb.sourceforge.net/SpeedTouch/ to RedHat would make it much
easier for broadband users in the UK to switch to Linux - at the moment it takes
a _lot_ of configuration.
Maybe we get this in 9?
I hope so - most ADSL users use a speedtouch modem, and around half of
broadband users use ADSL.
Most newer UK broadband is using other products, generally the little ADSL
routers to ethernet. The speedtouch is tricky for 2.4 because it involves major
changes to layers like ATM. It is in the 2.6 base tree if I remenber rightly
however so things move slowly the right way
Fedora includes an option for the SpeedTouch when you do a make
menuconfig. However, enabeling this and recompiling has no effect.
The main problem is the internet configuration wizard for xDSL will
only see my ethernet port, not my USB modem...
I'm currently trying the Speedbundle open source drivers and as a
newbie its causing me a BIG headache... I can see how this would
deter many people from Linux as trying to get online is killing me...
speedtch.o module is already compiled for Fedora, so you don't need to
There won't be another RHL8 errata, so I'm closing this.