A few weeks ago I started having problems initiating a connection with my 3G modem, but only with Orange; Safaricom worked just fine with the same USB dongle and the same software. I’m not sure if it was always like this, but Orange Kenya’s 3G service requires you to use
#99***3# as the dial-up number.
Here’s my DD-WRT WAN configuration:
In the past I always used
*99# and it worked, so I never paid much attention. Apparently that works for “most” carriers, but Orange is different for some reason. I’m not a network engineer, so it doesn’t make sense to me.
About my setup
My home network uses a Buffalo Technologies WZR-HP-G300NH wireless router for both LAN and WAN connectivity. It has 1000Mbit Ethernet ports, supports 802.11n, and only cost me ~$70.
Depending on my mood and the state of the software, I run either DD-WRT or OpenWRT firmware on the device. The stock firmware releases on this device have been rubbish since the day I bought it, and after-market firmwares have much more functionality (not to mention they’re both community-based, open-source software projects).