How to connect 3G internet with mobile & dongle in Redhat Linux | Linux 3G Internet wvdial

Here I have given the tutorials for accessing internet by connecting your mobile phone or dongle to the PC containing Redhat OS. Read the article below and find out how to access wireless internet like 3G, wireless broadband in RHEL 6.

Internet via mobile &dongle in Redhat

I hope you know the configuration for accessing internet via ethernet. Few days back I discovered that we can access internet via mobile phones and dongles in Redhat. For dongle I used Tata Photon Plus and for mobile phone I used Airtel SIM card to access internet. I am using RHEL 6 version and I think the same configuration can be done for previous version like RHEL 5. Configuring to access internet via wireless devices is very easy. You don't need PC suite or any software to make connection. Redhat is a Linux based OS and so the configuration will be available in default.

Configuration for Dongle

(1) Open System → Preferences → Network Connections.
(2) A new dialog box will open with tabs like Wired, Wireless, Mobile Broadband, DSL and VPN.
(3) Click the Mobile Broadband tab. Then click the Add icon.
(4) A new dialog box will appear with title "Set up a mobile broadband connection". Don't do anything in that page just click forward.
(5) Now you have to choose the providers country. In my case "India". Click forward.
(6) Then you need to choose your dongle provider. In my case "Tata Photon Plus". Then click forward.
(7) Your configuration is almost over. Click apply for rest of the dialog box that appears.

Configuration for mobile phone

Steps for mobile GPRS/EDGE configuration is same as dongle. In the 6th step you need to choose your mobile service provider instead. For example: You should choose "Airtel" or the service provider you use. Dongle will respond faster than mobile phones. For mobile phones, you should connect only after you login in your Redhat user account. If you connect the mobile before your PC is started, you can't connect to internet.


You can connect either using USB cable or via Bluetooth. To establish your connection through Bluetooth you should pair your device first. For pairing your device just open System – Preference – Bluetooth. After you connect your wireless device to your PC, click the Network Manager icon at top-right. There you can see your connection name below Mobile Broadband. You can establish your connection by clicking on the connection name.
Tata Photon plus configuration redhat

Networks available

All popular networks like Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone are available for configuration. Dongle configuration available are Tata Photon Plus and Tata Indicom Plug2Surf. It won't be a problem if the configuration is present already. If your service provider configuration is not available in the list then your should manually enter the configuration. Service provider like Videocon, MTS, Uninor, MBlaze are not available. For those, you should call your customer care and ask for APN. APN means Access Point Name which will be like a website address. For example: is the APN for Airtel network. There will be unique APN for all networks. Manual configuration is nothing but entering the APN.


Author: Godson19 Dec 2012 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Thank you very much for this article. I was looking for some way to access internet through RHEL. I have it installed on my VMWare. I will try to follow the steps you have given and hopefully it will work.
Looking forward for more articles on Linux.

Author: Mobile Boy20 Dec 2012 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Ya sure. Linux has got many features than Windows. Windows is just a animated form of Linux.

Guest Author: Ansari26 Jul 2013

Well, I think its for Ubuntu. It's not working with my Redhat 5

Author: Mobile Boy13 Aug 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

I tested it in Redhat Enterprise Linux 6. The above picture is from my RHEL 6. You to wait for some minute to recognize in your Network Manager applet.

Guest Author: redhat06 Jul 2015

I didn't get the network connection option. Please let me know how I can find it.

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