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3G dongle on linux
« on: May 17, 2012, 07:35:49 pm »
I have a 3G dongle that comes with installation programmes for windows and Mac only.

I am aware (from browsing) that some people have got a 3G dongle working on linux but their explanations are beyond me as I'm a novice and they assume knowledge I haven't got.

Having upgraded my AOA 110 to peppermint, I'm now wondering again if I can get the dongle working. It occurs to me that, from what (little) I've read, I could install wine and use it to install the dongle as a windows environment. Is this feasible or just a daft hope?

or should I go MiFi?
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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2012, 08:04:12 pm »
Can you tell us a little more about the 3G Dongle (Make, Model and Provider)?

With the Dongle plugged into a USB port
Open a terminal and type:

Code: [Select]
lsusb

and hit enter

And post back the results

Personally I would go for the MiFi, as that is what I use. The added benefit is that 4 more devices can be connected at the same time.

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Re: 3G dongle on linux
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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 08:28:52 pm »
Yep, there's a VERY good chance it's supported in Linux .. but DO NOT install the windows drivers/software in WINE.

Just plug the device in .. open a terminal, and (as SeZo says) run:
Code: [Select]
lsusb
Then post back here what's returned in the terminal.

If you already have a dongle, we can probably get it working .. if on the other hand you haven't got one and are wondering what to get .. +1 for the MiFi ;)
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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2012, 05:45:24 pm »
right! wilco both!  (as I say - my notifications have stopped, sorry) will keep an eye on the forum now.

okay lsusb recognised 4 1.1 root hubs, one 2.0 root hub and webcam and the Huwai dongle

IT's an E353 HSPA
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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2012, 07:17:24 pm »
The EXACT output from:
Code: [Select]
lsusb
would be handy .. I just want to check the Vendor:Product ID's are currently supported by usb-modeswitch before going through the setup ;)

You can copy/paste directly from the terminal .. either with your mouse/touchpad,

or with keyboard shortcuts ..

Terminal -
Ctrl+Shift+C = Copy
Ctrl+Shift+V = Paste

In pretty much all other apps, just miss out the Shift key ;)
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2012, 07:17:24 pm »

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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2012, 07:49:36 pm »
phew, what a mission! still, here it is ...

Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 12d1:1506 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 064e:d101 Suyin Corp. Acer CrystalEye Webcam
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2012, 09:18:58 pm »
Ok, it already appears to be switched to modem mode .. have you tried clicking the NetworkManager icon by the clock in the system tray, then selecting "Edit Connections", then selecting "Mobile Broadband", then Selecting "Add".

With a little luck it will walk you through the setup.
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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 11:39:52 am »
yes - that worked.  I just have to find a piece of access info from my service provider to fill in and it would appear to be ready to go.

thanks - so simple! :-)

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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 04:28:05 pm »
okay, I checked again and found the software proposed a single default for the info demanded - I used that and it worked fine. Many thanks again both.

to remove the dongle, I disabled GSM connection and simply unplugged. Is this all right? I couldn't find how to 'software disconnect' a plugged in dongle prior to physical removal like I did with Linpus

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 04:28:05 pm »

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Re: 3G dongle on linux
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2012, 04:38:39 pm »
Yup, just click the NetworkManager icon, select "disconnect" (or whatever it is to drop the connection) .. and unplug :)

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If it were a USB memory stick, or anything else with a mounted file system (USB HDD, SDcard, etc.), then you'd open the file manager, and click the corresponding unmount/eject arrow icon next to the device name (in the left hand column) prior to unplugging.
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