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    8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    Hi Complete Newbie (2 days old)here and can't connect to the internet through my wireless USB Modem. I started on the Newbie topic but the help went cold.

    I have Ubuntu 8.10 desktop i386, dual booting with vista on a
    HP Pavilion dv9700 Notebook PC.
    Wireless Broadband 7.2 USB Mobile Card(ZTE MF636BP)Model:MF636, that runs on the Bigpond(Australia) Next G Network.

    I have found a few instructions for modems similar to mine but have seen nothing for this particular model and model info seems very important. It will take me along time to figure out the most simple instructions so I want to make sure I have the right ones or a least a modem specific attempt.

    The best I have found so far is
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1005617
    and that is with Kabuntu and an older(I think) modem.

    Here are some outputs that I dont understand.

    Code:
    lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port (rev 0c)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8400M GS (rev a1)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
    08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
    09:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
    09:09.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
    09:09.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev 12)
    09:09.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
    09:09.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev ff)
    
    ================================================== 
    
    lsusb
    Bus 007 Device 002: ID 064e:a110 Suyin Corp.
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    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 002: ID 19d2:2000
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    
    ================================================== 
    
    lshw -class network
    WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
    *-network DISABLED
    description: Wireless interface
    product: PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: wmaster0
    version: 02
    serial: 00:1f:3c:a3:06:1f
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwl3945 latency=0 module=iwl3945 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abg
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
    vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 01
    serial: 00:1e:68:b2:cc:ac
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI latency=0 module=r8169 multicast=yes
    *-network DISABLED
    description: Ethernet interface
    physical id: 1
    logical name: pan0
    serial: 86:30:e0:fe:1a:8b
    capabilities: ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A multicast=yes
    Thankyou for your consideration.

  2. #2
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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    EDIT >>> MF636 works with 8.10 and Network Manager 0.7 <<<
    see post#8 of http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1065934


    Hi, from google I found helpful info at: http://www.matt-barrett.com/

    I have already tested, worked with my ZTE MF636 on Ubuntu 8.04

    I think that ZTE MF636 3G modem responds by default as an autorun CD drive or as the internal USB hub (19d2:2000) but we need the actual modem which selected after issuing the AT+ZCDRUN=8 (then it responds 19d2:0031 on lsusb terminal command).

    You can try the following steps:

    1. on WinVista through control panel ADD the extra init command AT+ZCDRUN=8
    2. try to connect once with the providers s/w (WinVista)
    3. remove the above command through control panel (WinVista)

    >>> IMPORTANT NOTE: After issuing the above command you can use the modem for Windows and Ubuntu but you cannot install it to another Windows PC. To return the modem to its default condition you have to send AT+ZCDRUN=9 following steps 1,2 and 3.

    All the above are needed bacause there is no Hyperterminal into WinVista. You could also use a serial communication terminal program and send the command AT+ZCDRUN=8 directly to the port (comX) assigned for the ZTE MF636.

    4. boot Ubuntu
    5. open a terminal window and run the command lsusb

    You must see ... 19d2:0031 ... among the responds

    6. run the terminal command:
    sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x19d2 product=0x0031

    7. run the terminal command: ls /dev/ttyU*

    You must see: /dev/ttyUSB0 /dev/ttyUSB1 /dev/ttyUSB2
    The modem port is the higher number (/dev/ttyUSB2 in my case).

    8. Finally you must edit the dialler configuration file (from terminal): sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf

    My /etc/wvdial.conf is:

    [Dialer Defaults]
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB2
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    ISDN = 0
    Baud = 460800
    Dial Attempts = 1
    Username = user
    Password = pass
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = AT&F &D2 &C1
    Init3 = ATS7=60 S30=0 S0=0
    Init4 = AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","internet"
    Phone = *99***1#
    Stupid Mode = 1

    Possibly you have to place a different APN at Init3 line (instead of "internet") and the appropriate username and password. For these you must ask your provider. SIM PIN check must be disabled!

    Notes for AT Commands used above:
    ATZ soft reset of the modem
    AT&F restore factory settings
    AT&D2&C1 select and use hardware handshake
    ATS7=60 wait up to 60 seconds to connect (if not exit)
    ATS30=0 do not use inactivity timeout (does not disconnect when you are not browsing)
    ATS0=0 do not auto answer to any incoming call

    To connect from a terminal window type: sudo wvdial
    To disconnect press CTRL-C at the same terminal window.

    As reference read (from terminal): man wvdial and man wvdial.conf

    Post me back any question to follow up.

    Regards,
    George

    P.S. Cosmote users from Greece can read my notes in Greek at:
    http://www.acomelectronics.com/Georg...vd_636_el.html
    Last edited by GeorgeVita; March 14th, 2009 at 09:24 PM.

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    I also have the ZTE 636 Telstra 7 Series modem.

    After following the instructions here an elsewhere, I can get a ppp connection, but firefox does not let me surf the web.

    Any idea why?

    Ben

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    Hi benst,

    try to untick the "work offline" option on firefox by typing ALT-F W

    Also check if you have a good DNS after connecting (10.11.12.13 and 10.11.12.14 are bad!). Disconnect and connect again to fix it.

    Regards
    George

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    I've followed all the instructions I can find with ZTE MF636BP and am able to get a connection which lasts for exactly 37 seconds then disconnects. I am unable to browse the net in this time. Any ideas as to what could be wrong?

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    I finally got it working.
    All I needed to do was change the APN from "Telstra.Internet" to "telstra.bigpond"

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    Thanks for all your work so far on this issue.
    I'm still crashing trying to connect MF636 to Ubuntu 8.04 (kernel 2.6.24-23).
    My wvdial.conf file is:

    [Dialer Defaults]
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
    ISDN = off
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    Baud = 9600
    Init = ATZ
    Init2 = AT+CPIN="my PIN"
    Init3 = AT+GCDCONT=1,"IP","telstra.bigpond"
    Phone = *99#
    Dial Prefix =
    Dial Attempts = 2
    Dial Command = ATM1L3DT
    Ask Password = off
    Password = off
    Username = na
    Auto Reconnect = off
    Abort on Busy = off
    Carrier Check = off
    Check Def Route = off
    Abort on No Dialtone = off
    Stupid Mode = on
    Idle Seconds = 0
    Auto DNS = on
    ;Minimize = off
    ;Dock = on
    ;Do NOT edit this file by hand!

    Using Gnome PPP I either freeze-up on "detect modem" or I get an error message with Init 2: ERROR --> Bad init string.
    Any ideas?

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    This is my wvdial.conf

    [Dialer Defaults]
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB3
    ISDN = off
    Modem Type = USB Modem
    Baud = 460800
    Init = ATZ
    Init2 = AT&F &D2 &C1
    Init3 = ATS7=60 S30=0 S0=0
    Init4 = AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","telstra.bigpond"
    Init5 =
    Init6 =
    Init7 =
    Init8 =
    Init9 =
    Phone = *99#
    Phone1 =
    Phone2 =
    Phone3 =
    Phone4 =
    Dial Prefix =
    Dial Attempts = 1
    Dial Command = ATM1L3DT
    Ask Password = off
    Password = (your password here)
    Username = (your username here)
    Auto Reconnect = off
    Abort on Busy = off
    Carrier Check = on
    Check Def Route = on
    Abort on No Dialtone = on
    Stupid Mode = on
    Idle Seconds = 0
    Auto DNS = on
    ;Minimize = off
    ;Dock = off
    ;Do NOT edit this file by hand!

    The modem section can be tricky. You may need to try different entries /dev/ttyUSB1, /dev/ttyUSB2 etc.

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    I'm a bit out on the limb here, but if using Networkmanager one might experience difficulties with HSDPA modems not supportet by Networkmanager itself.

    I had this experience with a different modem. There is a less than pretty workaround

    http://seife.kernalert.de/blog/
    The reason is that the netconfig tools, which do rewrite resolv.conf apparently refuse to do that if NETWORKMANAGER=yes is configured in /etc/sysconfig/network/config.
    One solution would be to switch to the old ifup method (NETWORKMANAGER=no), but then wireless LAN will basically be unusable.
    It worked with my modem, but is less than Ideal.

    I ended up with the following solution:
    Uninstalled Networkmanager
    Installed Wicd for WIFI/Network
    http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...kage_id=229460
    Installed UMTSmon to handle HSDPA.
    http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...kage_id=179566
    Have used UMTSmon with Ubuntu previously - converted rpm to deb with alien
    http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...USE_11.1/i586/
    There are UMTSmon deb files floating out there but since I don't know the sources I won't list them here.
    Last edited by OmahaZ; February 2nd, 2009 at 01:29 AM. Reason: Added Rpm-link

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    Re: 8.10 and USB Modem ZTE MF636BP / MF636

    Oh man I have to do this tomorrow morning.
    Ahgg, shes new to ubuntu.

    And is probably going to want it all

    Use of the dongle on any computer, wifi access when shes in range of it..

    I was hoping to install ubuntu and go, and then she shows me this ugly red rogers wireless thing... perhaps I should borrow her dongle for a day...

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