[wellylug] 2degrees huawei e1552 mobile modem: works fine

Alick Wilson alick.wilson at braithwaite.co.nz
Fri Mar 11 11:23:27 NZDT 2011

Try NTM (http://netramon.sourceforge.net/eng/index.html) for keeping track
of your traffic. I think it's very good. You might need to change the update
interval to change its responsiveness. I've set it to 1 second.


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[mailto:wellylug-bounces at lists.wellylug.org.nz] On Behalf Of Douglas Bagnall
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Subject: [wellylug] 2degrees huawei e1552 mobile modem: works fine

I am stuck in a period of travel between the main centres, so I bought one
of these usb wireless modems.  The Dick Smiths people had dire warnings and
Google was confused, so I assumed it would work and it did.  Here is what
you need to do on Ubuntu 10.10:

1. Install usb-modeswitch (using aptitude or whatever).

2. Plug in the modem. Network Manager will notice it.

3. Go through a short setup wizard.  The only thing it needs to know is that
the APN is "internet".

Then it works.  Every few days it drops the connection and confuses Network
Manager, which I fix by pulling the modem out for a second.

There is one more thing, though.  If you want to know how much traffic you
are using, you need to read SMS messages that the device receives. There are
2 ways to do this: take out the modem's SIM card and put it in a phone, or
install SMS reading software.  Eventually I tried the latter by installing
wammu, a GTK front end for gammu, which talks to the modem.  There is
another wizard, where you tell it to use AT codes and, just to build on the
90s nostalgia, you have to guess which /dev file to use.  And then you can
read a small pile of phone company text spam.  It seems you need its
internet connection off for querying SMSs to work.  Once you are getting
text messages, you can register on the web and look up your usage and stuff
(they still don't know who you are -- username is the SIM's number).

Maybe I have forgotten some step, but if so, that is only because there
wasn't much to remember.


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