Following on my project to develop a Bee monitoring tool dubbed ‘Bee Safe’.
The next part of my project is to provide the remote raspberry pi with access to the internet via a USB 3G dongle.
Fortunately in the world we live in now; finding old / used 3G dongles is very easy to do. The one I’m using was purchased from Cex for the pricey sum of £6.
While cellular data speeds and modems have vastly improved over the recent years this project only requires sending small snippets of text with the occasional photo so high speed isn’t a priority on this project.
To pair a USB dongle with a Raspberry Pi (the computer used to power Bee Safe) you need to download and install some packages; PPPD & sakis3g
To start with download PPPD via APT-GET:
sudo apt-get install ppp
Then download sakis3g:
Unpack and make the file executable:
chmod +x sakis3g
Then execute the script which will run with a basic GUI within terminal:
sudo ./sakis3g --interactive
Sakis has a fairly comprehensive list of connections available.
Once you have been through the setup guide the modem *fingers crossed* should be online and operational. You can now exit sakis. You will stay connected.
You can check your connection and details with this command:
sudo ./sakis3g connect info
This post was pulled together from various sources, the main two being: