The drivers for Win 7 were already there, so I thought let’s just test that first and see if I can get a ppp tethered connection through the USB/serial connection. (There appears to be Linux drivers and Mac OSX driver are not available at this stage)
It took a bit more messing around than I thought, but it worked.
My SIM card is an normal Amaysim 3G / 4G LTE chip you’d stick in any Australian smart phone.
- Install Windows 7. The example here is on a VM using Parallels.
- Connect the Adafruit Fona via the USB cable, insert the SIM, plug in the UFL 3G antenna and the 3.7v battery.
- If your computer doesn’t see the USB connection, you may have to press the power button.
- Install the Windows 7 drivers from the Adafruit site
- Download Putty
- Right click start –> Open windows explorer –> Right click ‘Computer’ –> Click Manage.
- Under ‘Device Manager’ you’ll see the COM ports under ‘Modem’ and ‘Ports (COM & LPT)’.
- Right click on ‘SimTech HS-USB Modem 9000’ –> Properties –> Under the ‘Modems’ tab and you’ll see the COM port
- Open Putty –> Enter the modem COM port and Speed (115200 will do)
- Open a terminal and type
So you can see what you’re typing.
- We need to set the APN from within the modem using terminal as windows doesn’t allow it. I am using Amaysim Australia. A quick check of my GoogleBrain for Amaysims APN says it’s”yesinternet”
- To check your settings type
- Close the terminal window.
- Right click start –> Windows Explorer –> Right click network –> Properties –> Setup a new connection or network –> Yes, I’ll chose an existing connection –> Chose the SimTech HS-USB Modem –> Properties –> Under the ‘Security ‘ tab select CHAP authentication (for Amaysim) –> No Username or Password –> Dial *99# –>
- Open a web browser and away you go. Remember it’s Windows so you’ll need an Antivirus system as per usual.
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