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Author: Arnt Karlsen
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] What wireless broadband software to use on Devuan?
On Tue, 19 Sep 2023 05:54:13 -0500, o1bigtenor wrote in message

> On Tue, Sep 19, 2023 at 3:50 AM <dvalin@???> wrote:
> >
> >
> > In a month or two I'll have to move from NBN wired broadband to
> > 4G mobile broadband. That is totally unfamiliar territory, raising
> > two critical questions:
> >
> > 1) Do I need to install a package to interface to the mobile
> > broadband dongle? (Plugged into a USB socket.)
> >
> > 2) Should I be particularly careful in choice of dongle, for it to
> > work with Devuan?
> >
> > It seems worthwhile to figure this out beforehand, as it's
> > difficult to download/upgrade stuff while there's no internet
> > access.
> >
> > I'll download the latest Devuan, and install it on an old but good
> > Lenovo laptop, as I'm several releases behind - not a good starting
> > point, I figure.

..search for newbie friendly router gateway single use box distros,
I used ipcop-0.1.1 thru 1.4.2 when it was active.

..if are past the newbie stage, install and read freedombox-doc-en,
then search for freedombox style router gateway etc single use box
distros, depending on your use cases.

..given: ...
====== How can you help? (doc: https://wiki.debian.org/how-can-i-help
) ======

New packages where help is needed, including orphaned ones (from WNPP):
- freedombox - https://bugs.debian.org/940881 - RFH (Maintainer
looking for help)

----- Show old opportunities as well as new ones: how-can-i-help --old

...I suspect we could take it over here 'n rip out any and all pötter

> I may not be understanding you correctly.
> If this is what is sometimes called fixed wireless highspeed internet
> and you are moving to this location (and you have no other connection
> options) there is nothing much that you will have to do. You will be
> handed some kind of device (exactly what is determined by your
> provider!!!! NEVER you)

..and IME they all deploy cheap hardware running some cheaply throttled
down version of Linux and Busybox under a config script and a webserver
running an admin web GUI. Try a nmap scan on it or on your neighbors
isp hardware. IME, all isps are in criminal violation or the GPL.

..same story with grid power meters, if you have them outside your
own property or on your external walls like in the US, you are all
fine and in compliance with the GPL whenever and however you leave
your property, as long as you never take custody of those meters,
GPL compliance never becomes your problem.

..if you ever have any such grid power meter or isp hardware inside
your home (or hotel room ;o)), so that access to said hardware depends
on you unlocking and opening a door to allow access to said hardware,
you have taken custody of said hardware, and GPL compliance has become
your problem. If you are unable to supply the source code on whatever
GPL software was hiding in the hardware you left behind when you left
your home (or hotel room ;oD), either take any such suspect hardware
along with you and return it only when you CAN comply FULLY to the GPL
or whatever license is used on that hardware you kept in your custody,
or face the wrath of copyright law in courts and prison once you get
caught for software piracy.

..you should therefore request GPL etc compliance on anyone within
3 years of taking custody of any hardware you suspect may run any
pirated GPL software. Criminals may try to local area monopoly to
deny you service, even for "running Linux" or for asking for software
license compliance info or source code. The easiest way to comply
to the GPL is leave a copy of all the GPL software in each hardware
device, on a CD inside, on or under said device, you may even charge
good money for the CD if it is e.g. taken away from the hotel room you
rented out. ;o)

> and you will connect power and a cable to
> that device from your equipment. Dunno if they will have an only
> wireless connection but that's also a maybe today.

..first ask your neighbors what they use and how they like it, there
may be more options. After all that, you are better prepared to...

> Ask of your proposed isp if that is the case. If this is what you
> will have - - - well - - - I'll be blunt - - - I hope you have almost
> no trees between you and the area antenna.
> Good luck

..med vennlig hilsen = with Kind Regards from Arnt Karlsen
...with a number of polar bear hunters in his ancestry...
Scenarios always come in sets of three:
best case, worst case, and just in case.