firewalls and metablogging

I’ve been off my blogging kick lately. In fact, it’s probably been a year or so since I’ve been *on* a blogging kick. On one level, I really like blogging. It’s an avenue of expression. It’s fun. Yet, at another level, I loathe this outlet. It’s a soapbox where I don’t feel free to truly write what I think, for fear of giving offense. What is the point?

In classic geek fashion, I’ll simply blather on about some technical subject instead. To that end, I’ve been recently trying to get my smoothwall/ipcop (may be either one at any given time) firewall/router to recognize my Novatel u720 USB EVDO Rev. A modem. Getting the bugger to work in linux isn’t too bad, per se. Getting it to work on a stripped-down firewall distro is annoyingly hard.

Since the firewall distros don’t support the usbserial module, they need the module compiled for them and moved onto them. This is something I don’t know how to do offhand, and I’m having a terrible time trying to find information on how to do it. At this point, it appears that my two choices are to either make an account on smoothwall’s forums and try to actively get help in recompiling the smoothy kernel (or the module, I don’t know which is required) or else I’ll just have to learn how to use a full-blown ubuntu server install as a firewall/router. I won’t have any of the nifty web admin tools that come with the dedicated firewall distros, but at least I’ll have the functionality that I need.

  1. Hi,

    I’m trying to get my Sprint Novatel u720 working on IP Cop too – I noticed a later post mentioning your setup and it appears you got it working. Can you share how you did (if you did)?


    – Tim

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