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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    just got my mf627 on 3 uk working using these instructions, I found this post http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1065934 (post #5) which was the crunch for me- permissions on /etc/resolv.conf It wouldn't connect until that was sorted. Hope this helps someone else!
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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    @CCK: Thank you! Got my (wife's) 3 modem working now, after following your guide.

    I had to change the APN to "3services", and BAM! Interweb enabled.

    [Why can't i thank anyone?]

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    Hi

    New to linux and having a few problems despite a very good tutorial.

    ################################################## ######
    # ZTE MF628+ (tested version from Telia / Sweden)
    #
    # Contributor: Joakim Wennergren
    #
    # Also applies to MF627 (Tested 3 UK) JF

    DefaultVendor= 0x19d2
    DefaultProduct= 0x2000

    TargetVendor= 0x19d2
    TargetProduct= 0x0031

    MessageEndpoint=0x01
    MessageContent="55534243123456782000000080000c8501 0101180101010101000000000000"
    I have created the /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf asrequested - the target vendor and product numbers are the same as the ones I get when using lsusb to list usb devicesCreated the udev rule and assume it runs automatically but have tried to run it manually also - it said:
    target devices found - 1
    default devices found - 0 - is the device connected - bye

    so I assume it is working and switching the mode correctly

    Added the device information to hal as written here

    <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
    <deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <device>
    <!-- ZTE MF627 HSDPA USB dongle -->
    <match key="@info.parent:usb.vendor_id" int="0x19d2">
    <match key="@info.parent:usb.product_id" int="0x0031">
    <match key="@info.parent:usb.interface.number" int="3">
    <append key="modem.command_sets" type="strlist">GSM-07.07</append>
    <append key="modem.command_sets" type="strlist">GSM-07.05</append>
    <append key="info.capabilities" type="strlist">modem</append>
    </match>
    </match>
    </match>
    </device>
    </deviceinfo>
    So I thought it was all correct however I am not getting the 3 ttyusb drives (modems) I am only seeing the usb drive with 3connect software in it - this 3connect usb drive that I can see has the windows installers and autorun files in and also has a folder called LINUXFILES which does have and .rpm package in.

    will post my dmesg results in a sec too

    I welcome any help on this I must be close but too much of a linux noob to cross the final few hurdles!

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    here is my dmesg readout too

    [ 28.404095] usb 1-4: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
    [ 28.550305] usb 1-4: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    [ 28.578570] scsi3 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
    [ 28.580059] usb-storage: device found at 3
    [ 28.580074] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
    [ 31.368487] r8169: eth0: link down
    [ 31.430279] NET: Registered protocol family 17
    [ 31.483131] [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
    [ 31.488557] pci 0000:00:02.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
    [ 31.488567] pci 0000:00:02.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [ 31.489884] [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20060119 on minor 0
    [ 33.581351] usb-storage: device scan complete
    [ 33.583340] scsi 3:0:0:0: Direct-Access ZTE MMC Storage 2.31 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    [ 33.586830] scsi 3:0:0:1: CD-ROM ZTE USB SCSI CD-ROM 2.31 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    [ 33.610359] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
    [ 33.611197] sd 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
    [ 33.639757] sr1: scsi-1 drive
    [ 33.640008] sr 3:0:0:1: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr1
    [ 33.640008] sr 3:0:0:1: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 5
    [ 255.000006] ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'TKIP'
    [ 260.706715] NET: Registered protocol family 10
    [ 260.710970] lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
    [ 260.713424] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
    [ 269.478802] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
    [ 269.482096] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
    [ 271.032016] eth1: no IPv6 routers present
    [ 328.279196] ttyS1: LSR safety check engaged!
    [ 328.279236] type=1503 audit(1240789059.822:5): operation="capable" name="sys_admin" pid=6126 profile="/usr/sbin/cupsd"
    [ 434.763644] usb 1-4: USB disconnect, address 3
    [ 434.864647] scsi 3:0:0:1: rejecting I/O to dead device
    [ 448.776064] usb 1-7: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
    [ 448.932057] usb 1-7: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    [ 448.934045] usb-storage: device ignored
    [ 454.412616] usb 1-7: USB disconnect, address 4
    [ 459.780073] usb 1-7: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 5
    [ 459.957784] usb 1-7: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    [ 460.000074] scsi5 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
    [ 460.000918] usb-storage: device found at 5
    [ 460.000923] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
    [ 465.001400] usb-storage: device scan complete
    [ 465.003392] scsi 5:0:0:0: Direct-Access ZTE MMC Storage 2.31 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    [ 465.006394] scsi 5:0:0:1: CD-ROM ZTE USB SCSI CD-ROM 2.31 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    [ 465.019650] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
    [ 465.020520] sd 5:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
    [ 465.041733] sr1: scsi-1 drive
    [ 465.042036] sr 5:0:0:1: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr1
    [ 465.042361] sr 5:0:0:1: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 5
    [ 477.974367] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
    [ 477.977866] ISOFS: changing to secondary root

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    Quote Originally Posted by cresswell View Post
    Hi

    New to linux and having a few problems despite a very good tutorial.

    I am only seeing the usb drive with 3connect software in it - this 3connect usb drive that I can see has the windows installers and autorun files in and also has a folder called LINUXFILES which does have and .rpm package in.
    I received the ZTE MF627 today from 3 UK, the customer service people and technical support all told me it worked on Linux but I was a little sceptical.

    Amazingly I plugged it in and it does have Linux drivers on the USB drive - and they work in Ubuntu!

    There's no instructions however, and I am certainly no Ubuntu expert but I managed to get it working in about 30 seconds. As I said though, I am no expert so you may want to get confirmation from someone else before following what I did but it is up to you.

    I copied the Linux files across to my Desktop, then opened a terminal and navigated to the folder on the desktop:

    Code:
    cd Desktop
    Code:
    cd LinuxUI
    One inside the folder I noticed a file named install.sh so I did something that I remembered from another Linux installation years ago, I am not sure if this is how you are meant to do it on Ubuntu.

    Code:
    sudo sh install.sh
    That installed the drivers and the little 3 UK program under Applications>Internet>3UK.

    I plugged it in ran the program and it works perfectly. I don't think you can use it as USB storage though.

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    Quote Originally Posted by pablo180 View Post
    I received the ZTE MF627 today from 3 UK, the customer service people and technical support all told me it worked on Linux but I was a little sceptical.

    Amazingly I plugged it in and it does have Linux drivers on the USB drive - and they work in Ubuntu!

    There's no instructions however, and I am certainly no Ubuntu expert but I managed to get it working in about 30 seconds. As I said though, I am no expert so you may want to get confirmation from someone else before following what I did but it is up to you.

    I copied the Linux files across to my Desktop, then opened a terminal and navigated to the folder on the desktop:

    Code:
    cd Desktop
    Code:
    cd LinuxUI
    One inside the folder I noticed a file named install.sh so I did something that I remembered from another Linux installation years ago, I am not sure if this is how you are meant to do it on Ubuntu.

    Code:
    sudo sh install.sh
    That installed the drivers and the little 3 UK program under Applications>Internet>3UK.

    I plugged it in ran the program and it works perfectly. I don't think you can use it as USB storage though.
    I think the jist of this thread is about using network manager as opposed to the bundled software with the ZTE MF627, I may be wrong though?
    Imagination is more important than knowledge.

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    Thank you very much for the quick and easy to follow reply pablo - i will give it a go but i did loose paitience and eventually reinstalled xp as my main os on the laptop.

    thanks

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 (MF636) 3G modem with NM0.7

    Here are the steps I followed. Note mine as a MF636 purchased Apr2009

    1. Download and install usb_modeswitch. Go here and download the deb file. A direct link is here. Then install it.
    2. Edit usb_modeswitch.conf
    sudo gedit /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf
    delete all content, and REPLACE with this - paste in this content. I know that the text does not match the modem, but I went for simple and it works. The text behind # is commented out in any event:

    ################################################## ######
    # ZTE MF636 (tested Rogers AT+T canada)
    #
    # Contributor: Joakim Wennergren
    #
    #

    DefaultVendor= 0x19d2
    DefaultProduct= 0x2000

    TargetVendor= 0x19d2
    TargetProduct= 0x0031

    MessageEndpoint=0x01
    MessageContent="55534243123456782000000080000c8501 0101180101010101000000000000"

    3. Create a udev rule to automatically run usb_modeswitch when the modem is plugged in

    Create a new file called 999-zte.rules:
    sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/999-zte.rules
    paste in this content:
    SUBSYSTEM="usb", SYSFS(idVendor)=="19d2", SYSFS(idProduct)=="2000", RUN+="/usr/sbin/usb_modeswitch"


    4. finally update HAL:
    Create a new file:
    sudo gedit /usr/share/hal/fdi/information/20thirdparty/20-zte-mf627.fdi

    Its content should be as follows:
    Code:

    <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
    <deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <device>
    <!-- ZTE MF627 HSDPA USB dongle -->
    <match key="@info.parent:usb.vendor_id" int="0x19d2">
    <match key="@info.parent:usb.product_id" int="0x0031">
    <match key="@info.parent:usb.interface.number" int="2">
    <append key="modem.command_sets" type="strlist">GSM-07.07</append>
    <append key="modem.command_sets" type="strlist">GSM-07.05</append>
    <append key="info.capabilities" type="strlist">modem</append>
    </match>
    </match>
    </match>
    </device>
    </deviceinfo>


    5. Now this is where I deviate and hopefully simplify for newbies such as me. First the problem. If you plug the stick in, you will see the lights go green then blue. The stick is really a cell phone and its awaiting instructions. However Rogers in their keenness to make it user friendly set the stick up as a storage device to install the windows software and initiate the modem. That autorun software prevents ubuntu from seeing the modem inside the stick.

    Type lsusb in terminal before plugging the stick in. You will see a set of rows. Plug the stick in, and a new row appears at the top. The last 4 digits are 2000 which means storage device. They should be 0031 which means the modem.

    The simple solution for me was to plug the stick into an old windows laptop, install everything and run it once. After that the stick is initiated, and go back to ubuntu.

    Untick the wireless connection, and select edit connections from your wireless applet.

    select mobile broadband
    input username (12 digit number on the SIM car beneath the bar code)
    password is 1234

    At that stage i was immediately online. Some people have issues with firefox going offline. Simply untick offline, and done.




    with particular thanks to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1017630 for most of the breakthrough for me here.

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    With Jaunty this is now not necessary and there is an easier way around. First, install udev-extras:

    $ sudo aptitude install udev-extras

    Now plug in your modem. It should mount as the ZeroCD device (1). Now right-click the icon on the desktop and eject. Wait a moment, and the light on the modem will go dark, then relight. It should now mount as a modem and be detected by Network Manager (2).

    How easy was that?

    A note should be made about udev-extras, though:
    This package contains additional rules and add-ons for udev that are not yet mature enough for the base udev package. Many of these are intended for use with DeviceKit, replacing parts of HAL.
    YMMV.

    1)lsusb:
    Code:
    ID 19d2:2000 ONDA Communication S.p.A.
    2)lsusb:
    Code:
    ID 19d2:0031 ONDA Communication S.p.A.
    1) Dell Studio 1749: i5 540 (2.5GHz), 8GB, ATi 5650, Intel 5300AGN XFCE@Manjaro-x64
    2) Lenovo X61: C2D T7200, 2GB, Intel HDA, iwlwifi, XFCE@Manjaro-x64
    3) Compaq Mini 311c: Atom N270 (OC@2.0GHz), 3GB, Nvidia ION, Broadcom G+BT XFCE@13.10x32

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    Re: Howto: Connect ZTE MF627 3G modem with NM0.7

    hey, i have followed the guide here exactly,

    but my dongle cuts out, or rather unmounts itself after around 30 mins..

    PLEASE HELP


    this is my only internet access and i am tied to a two year contract.. it runs fine in windows ... but i dont want to go back to that...

    this is driving me insane..

    works perfectly for 30 mins or so.. then i have to physically pull the dongle from the usb port and re insert it to get back online...


    PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME FIX THIS - updates impossible - online business impossible... PLEASE DONT TELL ME I HAVE TO GO BACK TO WINDOWS¬!

    Juanty

    lsusb output:
    Bus 001 Device 013: ID 19d2:0031
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 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 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0443:001c Gateway, Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0443:001d Gateway, Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

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