PFsense 2.0-beta1: 3G modem failed to connect



  • Hi,

    After the recommondations by my first post (http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,24560.0.html) about this topic, I ugraded to PFsense 2.0-beta1 and gave it another try.
    What I want is that pfsense secure internet provides in the field over a 3G modem from XS4ALL. Now I came a little bit further, but I still need help.

    When I look at a serial terminal, I see a lot of AT commands passing over the termial. But at the frontpage of my PFsense box there is a red cross by the status of the device. And I cannot connect over the (ppp) dongle to the internet. Here is the part of the system log about the dongle:

    opt1: [opt1] Bundle: Interface ng0 created
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: OPEN event
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Open event
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: state change Initial --> Starting 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: LayerStart 
    php: /interfaces_assign.php: Creating rrd update script 
    check_reload_status: reloading filter 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] chat: The modem is not responding. 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] MODEM: chat script failed 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: DOWN event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Down event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 1 in 3 seconds 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 1 
    check_reload_status: syncing firewall 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] chat: The modem is not responding. 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] MODEM: chat script failed 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: DOWN event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Down event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 2 in 2 seconds 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 2 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] chat: The modem is not responding. 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] MODEM: chat script failed 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: DOWN event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Down event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 3 in 1 seconds 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 3 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] chat: The modem is not responding. 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] MODEM: chat script failed 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: DOWN event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Down event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 4 in 2 seconds 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 4 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] chat: The modem is not responding. 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] MODEM: chat script failed 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: DOWN event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Down event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 5 in 1 seconds 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 5 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] chat: The modem is not responding. 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] MODEM: chat script failed 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: DOWN event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Down event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 6 in 4 seconds 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 6 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] chat: The modem is not responding. 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] MODEM: chat script failed 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: DOWN event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] LCP: Down event 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 7 in 2 seconds 
    opt1: [lnkopt1] Link: reconnection attempt 7
    

    The kernel sees the dongle as following:

    HUAWEI Technology HUAWEI Mobile, class 0/0, rev 2.00/0.00, addr 2> on uhub4"
    

    Here are the AT commands displayed on the serial terminal:

    +++AT
    ATZ
    AT
     AT
    AT
    ATZ
    AT
    

    I will give more information if that is necessary for someone to help me.
    Could someone help me?

    Kind regards,

    Jozef00

    edit: Some information added.



  • What is the device name assigned to this modem by pfSense?



  • Hi Eugene,

    The device name is:```
    cuau0

    
    And ifconfig says the following about the modem:
    

    ppp1: flags=8890 <pointopoint,noarp,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500</pointopoint,noarp,simplex,multicast>

    
    Kind regards,
    
    Jozef00


  • Then why don't you put

    set device /dev/cuau0
    

    in your ppp.conf?



  • Hi Eugene,

    I configured the dongle via the webinterface of PFsense 2.0. There I got all my information from. After your reply I looked in my ppp.conf and I saw there complete different information pertaining to the webinterface. So I don't know where PFsense listen to, the webinterface or my ppp.conf.

    Kind regards,

    Jozef00



  • I am not sure about 2.0. Have you tried this with 1.2.3?
    In any case settings from your gui usually get to configuration files when you click apply/save.



  • Hi Eugene,

    Yes, I tried it with PFsense 1.2.3. But that doesn't work and when I posted a forum thread about it, I got the advice to try it with PFsense 2.0beta1. So I did that.

    Kind reagards,

    Jozef00


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