Si your computer has a slot to insert a SIM card, a USB adapter for this or even a USB modem (broadband), if that card that you use in your phones that the telephone companies provide you to assign you a number and you can receive and send calls and text messages, then this application can be useful to you.
Generally The one that you find a device with this slot is usually because it gives you the ability to connect to the network using your card data although you can give it other uses, that is why today we are going to talk about Modem Manager.
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About Modem Manager
Modem Manager is a simple GTK-based graphical interface compatible with the modem manager, the Wamer and oFono system services that can control the specific functions of the compatible broadband modem used the communication channels (2G / 3G / 4G / CDMA), process connections (USB, RS232, Bluetooth) and management (AT, QCDM, QMI, MBIM).
This handy little tool allows them to control their modem through a simple and intuitive user interface, and allows you to carry out some operations that can sometimes be really useful.
It is important to note that Modem Manager does not have the dial-up function To connect to the Internet, this is different, as this requires the built-in modem software that the dial-up function must have.
Between theThe main features that we can highlight of Modem Manager we find:
- Send and receive SMS messages and store messages in the database
- Start USSD requests and read responses (also using interactive sessions)
- View device information: carrier name, device mode, IMEI, IMSI, signal level
- Scan available mobile networks
- View mobile traffic statistics and set limits
How to install Modem Manager on Linux?
This application can be found on most Linux distributions, so it should not represent a problem to find it.
If you want to install this application on your system, you must perform the following steps according to the distribution you are using:
Si are using Debian, Ubuntu or some distribution derived from this, they should open a Ctrl + Alt + T terminal and run this command:
sudo apt install modem-manager-gui
Now if they are users of Arch Linux, Manjaro or some derivative they must open a terminal and type:
sudo pacman -S modem-manager-gui
In the case of Fedora, CentOS, REHL or some derivative of these must type this command in a terminal for Modem Manager installation:
sudo dnf install modem-manager-gui
If they are users of any version of openSUSE must type on a terminal:
sudo zypper en modem-manager-gui
Users Chakra Linux can install the program with this command:
ccr -S modem-manager-gui
Mageia Linux users can install the program from the official repository:
Once the download is done, you can search for the application in your application menu to be able to run it and start using it.
How to use Modem Manager in Linux?
The use of this tool is too simple and quite intuitive. Well, as you will see, the application has a menu where we can position ourselves in the different application windows.
For example, to see if the application has recognized your modem or SIM in the Info tab We can see it:
As well they can send SMS from their computerThey simply must be placed in the SMS tab and while on the screen we are going to click on "new" and a small window will open where we will place the number with the country code, lada and others:
The application also allows the execution of USSD codes which here depend a lot on the network operator they are using, since with them you can generally access content provided by your operator, buy credit, call packages, SMS, data, among other things more.