I had a 551L working under Linux for a couple of days until I canceled service because Verizon's 4G network assigns a privately routed IP (10.x.x.x) which does not allow any inbound traffic. If they change that policy in the future I will sign up for service again.
The device does work well with Linux. If your using kernel version ~3.2.26 or newer, support is already built in, if your on an older kernel, I also tested on kernel 188.8.131.52, you can download Linux device support for the Novatel Ovation MC551 a.k.a. Verizon USB551L from
The Novatel download doesn't include the device ID for the 551L, but you can manually add it to
/usr/share/doc/novatel_modem_drivers/hardwarelist which the /usr/share/doc/novatel_modem_drivers/configure script uses to setup the device. The device ID can be viewed with `lsusb'
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1410:b001 Novatel Wireless
You could also have a look at /etc/udev/nvtl_modem.sh which is a script installed by the package which inserts the module named "option" and adds support for the device. After you have device support setup /dev/ttyUSB0 will be created and you can use PPP to connect to the 4G network.
# pppd /dev/ttyUSB0 defaultroute connect "/usr/sbin/chat -v '' ATD*99***3#"
This will make the connection, you can verify an IP address was assigned to the ppp0 interface by doing `ifconfig' you also may need to add a default route with
# route add default gw 10.64.64.64 ppp0
The connection does seem to drop sometimes, the interval seems to be completely random, sometimes it only stays up for about 8 hours, but just before I canceled service I had it up for almost 24 hours before I manually brought it down...
the number I was given:
account: 10 digit mobile firstname.lastname@example.org
haven't had any luck with either.
I set up the scripts as in http://bec-systems.com/site/203/using-a-verizon-usb720-modem-in-an-embedded-linux-system with no luck, timeout.
tried uing the command line with the same results:
pppd /dev/ttyUSB0 defaultroute connect "/usr/sbin/chat -v '' ATD*99#".
using minicom AT+CSQ it retruns values of (99,99) which is not good but I'm not sure if this even applies when using a 3G/4G modem.
Just feeling my way around so any help appreciated.