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How to Configure Reliance Huawei Modem with Ubuntu 10.4 LTS Lucid Lynx

May 8, 2010 14 comments

This post is been migrated to – INITCRON.org


This howto explains steps to make Ubuntu 10.4 LTS codenamed “Lucid Lynx” detect, configure and install Huawei EC1262 usb modem used by Reliance Netconenct Broadband+.  This should also apply to various other similar devices used by Tata Photon, Alcatel, Vodaphone etc. 3G connections.

Solution:

Install

  1. usb-modswitch
  2. usb-modswitch-data

Two ways to do it,

  • Automatic from package manager, (Recommended)

Paste this to terminal (Applications=> Accessories=> Terminal)

sudo apt-get install -yq usb-modeswitch usb-modeswitch-data

  • Manual

1. Open a Terminal from  Applications=> Accessories=> Terminal

2. Download and install usb-modeswitch-data for both 32bit and 64bit,

wget -c  http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/u/usb-modeswitch-data/usb-modeswitch-data_20100127-1_all.deb

dpkg -i  usb-modeswitch-data_20100127-1_all.deb

3. Download and install usb-modswitch 

For 64 bit :

wget  -c  http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/u/usb-modeswitch/usb-modeswitch_1.1.0-2_amd64.deb

dpkg -i usb-modeswitch_1.1.0-2_amd64.deb

For 32 bit

wget -c http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/u/usb-modeswitch/usb-modeswitch_1.1.0-2_i386.deb

dpkg -i usb-modeswitch_1.1.0-2_i386.deb

Once you install both packages,  you should have the modem detected and then use networkmanager to configure it.

What does usb-modswitch do and why is it necessary?

USB devices, specially high speed wireless WAN dongles such as the Huawei Modem that comes with Reliance NEtconect Broadband+ is only detected as USB storage device by Ubuntu and not as a Serial Modem in order for it to function as one.  usb mode switch does the work of switching the mode to modem from the storage only modem and make it awailable to be used as a internet modem device.