Introduction to WvDial

The WvDial package contains a no-nonsense, quick and easy to use alternative to chat and pppd scripts. If you simply want to dial a modem without the fuss and hassle of chat issues, then you'll want this.

Package information

WvDial dependencies


WvStreams-3.70 and PPP-2.4.2

Installation of WvDial

Install WvDial by running the following commands:

make PREFIX=/usr &&
make PREFIX=/usr install

Configuring WvDial

Config files

/etc/wvdial.conf, /etc/ppp/peers/*

Configuration Information

touch /etc/wvdial.conf &&
wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

wvdialconf will test that you have a working modem and try to determine its exact setup. You will then need to enter your ISP's phone number, login name and password into the /etc/wvdial.conf file.

You then start wvdial with:


For more information, examine the wvdialconf, wvdial.conf and wvdial man pages.


The WvDial package contains the wvdial and wvdialconf programs.



Starts a PPP connection.


Automates the configuration of wvdial.