wvdial configuration

This configuration is valid for 1.56 and 1.60 version. Most common mistakes in configuring the dialer configurations are worked out.

NOTE:: The semicolon should be removed and append stupid mode =1 at the end of wvdial.conf. The /etc/ppp/pap-secrets and /etc/ppp/chap-secrets need to be modified only once, so dial as (root) for first time. You can run as normal user and lock the root account, it will give a permission denied error, its fine(stupid mode =1 will do the job)

wvdialconf – will detect the settings and edit the wvdial.conf.
wvdial – is the dialer.

$ wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf #run as root/normal user. (no need for the path if its a fresh installation or unedited conf file)

Check the wvdial.conf for the resolved modem and detected the initialization strings. ENCLOSURE:: wvdial.conf
# wvdial&; #run as root only for first time, push the job to background.


  • enable root: $ sudo passwd root (for debian users)
  • disable root: $ sudo passwd -l root (for locking the account)
  • job control: append ‘&’ at the end of the command, bring back by using fg or fg %n(process number, not PID) and press CTRL + C to safe exit.

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