Wireless Broadband

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IPFire wiki contains no specific guidelines. The following work with Telstra 4G and probably similar products from other vendors.

  • involves several config changes from usual RED zone device and Network Addresses
    • Wireless broadband is likely to be an (expensive) contingency WAN
    • one option would be to use a second, differently configured installation to a different SD card that would be used in a RPi or BPi, during contingency operation
  1. the USB dongle/SIM first needs to be activated via direct connection to a PC/Tablet
    • defaults to "automatic connection to WAN on power-up"
      • retain (can be manually disconnected/reconnected later to conserve quota)
    • NB Linux does not firewall USB dongles, so best to use an expendable installation of Linux
      • situation with Win8 indeterminate
  2. note "hardwired" network address eg 192.168.0 displayed from "Information" tab of m.home page
    • this will be the unchangeable RED address on IPFire and other zone addresses on IPFire must have different network addresses eg 192.168.1 for GREEN
  3. click on "Disconnect" button and remove dongle
  4. plug USB Broadband dongle to USB hub on IPFire system
    • main USB or Ethernet RED device can remain physically plugged/connected
  5. run SETUP, via SSH shell or Monitor & keyboard
  6. from "Network -> Drivers & Card Assignments" deselect existing RED
  7. select USB dongle as RED eg ZTE for Telstra dongles
  8. from "Network -> Addresses -> RED" select DHCP
  9. exit SETUP
  10. SHUTDOWN -> REBOOT IPFire system
  11. Status should be:
    • (IPFire home page) RED interface gets IP address eg
    • (IPFire home page) Gateway allocated eg
    • (IPFire home page) DNS allocated eg
    • Dongle LED indicates "connected to WAN"

If Internet access is not achieved then it might be necessary to revisit IPFire SETUP and allocate the above Gateway and DNS addresses staticly via "Network -> DNS & Gateway Settings"

Note that "Dialup" settings that are normally used with xDSL connections are not used with the broadband dongle, but should be retained, if they will later be used with a DSL device.

Controlling the Dongle

This will be vendor specific. In the case of Telstra 4G, the following web pages (in the dongle) should be accessible from a computer/tablet on the GREEN zone:

http://m.home or

  • clicking the "Disconnect/Connect" buttons controls the WAN
    • these options no longer available from IPFire home page
  • clicking the button at the bottom of m.home page should bring up:

--Rpeters (talk) 10:05, 8 August 2015 (AEST)