Smartbro on Ubuntu 9.10
-Smartbro USB modem model: ZTE MF627
1. Plug in the usb device. Once it appears on your desktop, right click the smartbro icon and select eject
2. The light will go out. Wait for a while until it goes back again. At this point, the usb is now switched from card reader to a modem.
3. Right click network manager and select Edit Connections
4. Select the Mobile Broadband tab and click the Add button
5. A window would appear and by default, the ZTE Incorporated ... is selected. Click Forward
6. Select Philippines as the provider's country and click Forward. A list of providers will be displayed. Choose Smart and click Forward
7. On the billing plan, click the drop down menu (the one which says Default) and select My Plan is Not Listed. A blank text box will appear.
Type smartbro as your access point name and click Forward then click Apply
A new window will appear. There are many textboxes here but you only need to modify a few.
8. Select the PPP Settings Tab and click the Configure Methods button
9. Uncheck all methods except PAP. Click Ok. Optionally you may also click Connect Automatically then finally click Apply.
10. After clicking apply, your modem will attempt to connect. You will notice that the green light from your modem will start to blink and a
message saying Established Connection or something similar will appear. Open your browser and test if you are now able to browse the web. If
not, give wait for about 30 sec and retry opening your browser again. If it still fails, remove your usb and repeat steps 1 & 2. Afterward, Left Click the Network Manger then click the smartbro (or something similar) to re establish connection.
NOTES: On certain occasions, I have established conections but when I try to browse, the browser seems to be offline despite the connection established message from the network manager as well as the modem's blinking light indicating that I am connected. When this happens, what I do is I disconnect the connection (without unplugging the modem), then reconnect. After a few reconnection (usually 2 or 3 times), I would be able to browse by then. As for the credit charges imposed by Smart Philippines, I have observed that no credit was taken during those times that I have established connection but wasn't able to browse
-When finished surfing, left click the network manager icon and click disconnect.
-When reconnecting, repeat step 1 & 2. And if you have checked Connect Automatically from step 8, your modem will automatically connect the moment it switches into modem mode.