How to Set Up an USB Modem on an Ubuntu Server

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How to Set Up an USB Modem on an Ubuntu Server
Set up a modem to work on a server. (dial up modem image by timur1970 from

An Ubuntu server is used by businesses to simplify maintenance, lower costs for maintaining infrastructure, decrease power consumption and save money by providing free updates, licensing, and subscriptions. A server is used to connect multiple users to the Internet and Intranet. The USB modem is the connection between the Internet service and the operating software. There are times when drivers do not come with Ubuntu's operating system because they are proprietary. Information needed to set up a USB modem such as the ISP phone number, username, password, the name of the server and address.

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    Identify your USB modem and then connect to the Internet and download the necessary drivers for the USB modem you have. A list of drivers can be found by keying in the model number or number of your modem in your web browser. Once you have located the driver and the download is complete. Install the drivers.

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    Connect and configure your modem by going to System > Administration and click on Network. Choose Unlock and key in your password in the dialogue box, this will give you access to the settings by unlocking them.

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    Select Connections and choose Modem Connection and then click on Properties. Look to make sure that Enable is unmarked for the connection you are setting up. Key in the requested information in the dialogue box. There will be three tabs to enter the information. When finished click OK, this will save the data you just entered.

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    Click on the tab marked DNS. Choose Add and now enter the address for the DNS that you received from the ISP (Internet Service Provider) and close the dialogue box. Connect any cables or power cords and turn on your modem. If the modem is not working or the server does not read the connection contact the Ubuntu Help Desk.

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