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Linux modem tethering with berry4all, Rogers 3G network, and Blackberry Bold 9000

Because I'll be out of town for the next couple days, part of my packing list included setting up tethering via my Blackberry.

First I tried barry but was unsuccessful in trying to make a successful connection.

Then I found berry4all.

I had two problems, but thanks to the extensive FAQ, I managed to solve them:

  1. Ensure your device (in my case, Blackberry Bold 9000) has its APN correctly set in Setup > Options > Advanced > TCP
  2. Ensure other network connections are disabled using route -n; ifconfig -a before attempting to connect via tethered 3G modem. See also If your PPPD does not support replacedefaultroute
  3. Ensure /etc/resolv.conf is being correctly updated with the appropriate DNS entries (I have to do this by hand at the moment, but tweaked the default /opt/bbtether/ script to add this line so that I can automatically update the file immediately before connecting:
    cp -f /etc/resolv.conf.bbtether /etc/resolv.conf
    python &
    where /etc/resolv.conf.bbtether contains:
  4. Load up a bandwidth speed test such as and see what network speed you can get.

Admittedly, tethered speeds are nothing close to wifi speeds.

  • With Rogers 3G network and Blackberry Bold 9000 attached via USB, I managed to get about 500-2800kbps down and 100-200 kpbs up.
  • With Rogers "Exterme" cable internet access (wifi @ home) I get 9800kbps down, 960kbps up.

But at least I can surf on my laptop using the 3G network while I'm away from the office.

To disconnect wired & wifi, then tether automatically and stay connected until CTRL-C is pressed, try this script:

if [[ $UID != 0 ]]; then
 echo "Must be run as root!"
 /etc/init.d/network stop
 cp /etc/resolv.conf.bbtether /etc/resolv.conf
 route -n; ifconfig

 cd /opt/bbtether; python rogers -P **YOUR_DEVICE_PASSWORD_HERE**

 /etc/init.d/network start
 route -n; ifconfig


penny-stocks-gallore said...


How were you able to get past the ""Could not determine local IP address" error messages? Or how were you able to avoid them?

I've tried it on a Bold 9000 and 9700. Works fine on EDGE/2G, but not on 3G.

I've even tried to connect to EDGE, and switch Mobile Networks to 3G, but still getting EDGE speeds.

Thanks in advance,

nickb said...

Did you follow all the steps outlined above, including APN configuration on your device?

I'm using Fedora 12, fwiw.