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projects:panel-plugins:xfce4-cellmodem-plugin [2007/11/09 03:53] (current)
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 +====== Cell Modem ======
  
 +===== About =====
 +The cellmodem plugin is a monitoring plugin for cellular modems. It reports provider and signal quality for GPRS/​UMTS(3G)/​HSDPA(3.5G) modem cards. It works with (mostly) all cards which support an out-of-band channel for monitoring purposes.
 +
 +The current features include:
 +
 +  * Display the current network type (GPRS/​UMTS) ​
 +  * Display the current signal level
 +  * Configure the maximum signal level
 +  * Configure the low and critical signal level 
 +  * Asking for PIN if modem needs it
 +  * Quick visual feedback on modem and registration status via LEDs
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +===== Download =====
 +
 +You can download the latest releases from
 +[[http://​goodies.xfce.org/​releases/​xfce4-cellmodem-plugin/​]]
 +
 +
 +===== News =====
 +//Tue 16 January 2007//
 +
 +Uploaded version 0.0.5. Changelog:
 +  * Support for autodetecting known modem devices (PCI/USB)
 +  * Support for HSDPA detection (for modems which support it using _OHCIP)
 +  * Smaller leds - most people use absurdely low resolutions.
 +  * No more error after sending pin.
 +  * Added the Czech translation by Michal Várady. Thanks Michal!
 +
 +//Thu 05 October 2006//
 +
 +Uploaded version 0.0.4. Changelog:
 +  * Support for --enable-debug in configure
 +
 +//Wed 04 October 2006//
 +
 +Uploaded version 0.0.3. ​ Changelog:
 +
 +  * Better error handling - Error messages included
 +  * Fixed bugs in remove_leading_chars and remove_trailing_chars
 +  * Fixed modem pin reply in fake driver.
 +  * Added vasprintf - needed for error messages
 +  * Moved some prototypes into cellmodem.h
 +  * Removed C++ style comments
 +  * Enforce pin '​1234'​ on fake driver.
 +  * Cancel pending timers when reinitializing modem.
 +        ​
 +//Sun 01 October 2006//
 +
 +Uploaded version 0.0.2 to SVN. Changelog: ​
 +  * Fixed error handling.
 +  * Disabled the ask for pin. You can click on the plugin to enter the pin, if it is required.
 +  * Fixed initialization of IO channel in modem_driver_generic.
 +       
 +
 +===== Screenshots =====
 +
 +Screenshot of the modem registered and working. The signal level is low.
 +
 +{{:​projects:​panel-plugins:​cellmodem-screenshot1.png|:​projects:​panel-plugins:​cellmodem-screenshot1.png}}
 +
 +Screenshot of the modem requiring a PIN. The yellow LED flashes:
 +
 +{{:​projects:​panel-plugins:​cellmodem-screenshot2.png|:​projects:​panel-plugins:​cellmodem-screenshot2.png}}
 +
 +===== To-do and Wish List =====
 +  * [Wish] Support to start and stop pppd.
 +  * [ToDo] Add keyboard shortcut to enter PIN
 +  * [ToDo] Feedback if PIN worked, and if not how many attempts left.
 +  * [ToDo] Entering PUK to unlock after invalid PIN entries
 +
 +===== Known problems =====
 +
 +  * Some cards/​drivers sometimes stop to respond on the control channel. This is a driver issue and not a plugin issue. If you come across this problem please e-mail me so we can find a workaround for it.
 +  * Some cards/​drivers (happened with me with nozomi driver, Globethrotter 3G/EDGE card) sometimes reply no registration when it is registered. This seems to be related to the card firmware. I will try to find a workaround when it happens again.
 +
 +===== Contact the Author =====
 +You can contact me through the following e-mail address: ​
 +
 +alvieboy «@» alvie «.» com
 +
 +Just remove the spaces and the « and » characters.