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Zantel 3G data on Ubuntu 10.04

August 26, 2010 10 comments

My Zantel 3G USB modem was surprisingly easy to set up on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), at least with some help from google.

The modem, a HUAWEI model EC168C, appears initially as a storage device on linux, with id 12d1:1446. This mode is used in order to install drivers on Windows (using autorun.exe), and probably also Mac OSX. The modem must be told to switch to modem mode. The tool usb-modeswitch can do this

aptitude install usb-modeswitch

This installs (from dependency package usb-modeswitch-data) the necessary udev rules in

/lib/udev/40-usb_modeswitch.rules

I did in addition (but I don’t know if it necessary) update the configuration file to include the resulting product ID after the mode switch: 1412.

TargetProductList="1001,1406,140c,1412,14ac"

Network-manager detects the new modem (probably) when the serial device /dev/ttyUSB0 appears. I configured the following:

Number: #777, username: @zantel.com, and a password with one single space. (The last is necessary in order to avoid the password prompt).

BTW, at TSH 10000 / USD 6,5 a week for 2GB, this is a good offer.

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