Disable captive portal detection on elementary OS Freya

Freya comes with a captive portal assistant that tries to help you to login (accept ToS) on public networks (like Wifi in a café, etc.). When you connect to such network, a new window opens with what Freaya thinks is the portal website. Actually, it opens https://elementary.io/ and expects it to be redirected to the portal.

However useful it can be for most people, in some situations you may wish to disable this feature. It is very simple, but difficult to find out. Just run this command:

sudo chmod -x /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/90captive_portal_test

And that’s it!

Reference: https://bugs.dogfood.paddev.net/elementaryos/+bug/1039042

Vodafone Combo modem (CTD-200) in linux with network-manager

In this post I’m going to describe my particular problem, it’s solution and links to sites that helped me solve it. Big thanks to my friend Vladimír.

Recently I bougth a modem called “Vodafone Mobile Connect kombo“, which is in fact Celot CTD-200, and I was trying to make it work in Lubuntu 12.04. The main problem was that the device was not recognized as a modem. Following guide will make possible to use it through network-manager (which should theoretically work on most distros where it is installed).

  1. Install modemmanager, usb-modeswitch a usb-modeswitch-data.
  2. Create file /etc/udev/rules.d/99-celot-vodafone.rules (for example) and insert line ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="211f", ATTR{idProduct}=="6809", RUN+="/sbin/modprobe usbserial vendor=0x211f product=0x6809"
    1. This guide may work for other modems as well, but it is neccessary to replace “vendor” and “product” values (you can get them through the lsusb command).
  3. If you want to observe the connection process, open a new terminal and execute tail /var/log/syslog -f.
  4. Connect modem to USB and wait… (you’ll know the appropriate time by observing syslog, for me it is about a minute)
  5. Click with right mouse button on the network manager icon and check “Allow mobile broadband”, if unchecked.
  6. There should be a new connection available.
  7. You’ll need to enter PIN for the first time (follow the guide).
  8. Next time the process should be automatized.

I hope I didn’t forget something… Don’t be afraid to ask questions or tell me your feedback or experience. I am no expert but I’ll try to help.

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