Using Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ USB modem on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10

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This is the third of its kind of tutorial to use modem on Ubuntu. I have previously given tutorial on using MTS Mblaze modem on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) and Reliance Netconnect CDMA 1x on Ubuntu 8.04 (applicable till 9.10). Looking for the latest version of Ubuntu with Reliance 3G, check this out.

There are some changes in the hardware of the modem these days and hence the technique to mount and use them is also different, but it has become very simple now. What I am going to tell here is about Huawei EC150 model Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ . This is not 3G, but as far as I think the way to use the 3G modem will be similar. So follow the steps and get yourself connected.

1. Make sure that you have following packages — wvdial, usb-modeswitch, usb-modeswitch-data. In case you cannot access internet from Ubuntu then use the links provided with the package name. It is however better that you use Synaptic Package manager to install things. For wvdial I have uploaded a tar.gz file on my website itself but for usb-modswitch and usb-modswitch-data you need to download it from the package manager or the link provided. Ubuntu 10.10 comes with installed usb-modeswitch and usb-modeswitch-data

2. With this done its piece of cake. Make sure that you have restarted your system after installing the modeswitch package. Now plug in the modem and you need to go to the network manager in the top panel and right-click, select Edit Connection.

3. Select Mobile Broadband tab and click on Add

4. This is the window that opens up and select Huawei Technology thing from the Drop down box, it’ll be detected automatically.

5. Click Forward and select Reliance or your provider name from the list6. When Forward is clicked it will successfully add your modem. And the following window will appear

7. Select Apply and put your credentials to access the device, username will be your modem phone number and your password will be the same.

8. Select “Connect Automatically” and click Apply

Thats all, this will get you connected.

Any problem, feel free to ask…

Cheers!! 😀


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  1. The step 4 you suggested is not working for me. I have EC150 reliance netconnect and i want to use in on Ubuntu 10.04
    I installed all the three packages you mentioned:wvdial, ubs-modeswitch and usb-modeswitch-data.

    In the picture you have shown in step 4, it displays “Huawei technologies Huawei mobile” for you. For me it says
    “Any device”

    Please help me.

  2. Hi Sivaji, I dont think there should be a problem. can you just see what output do you receive when you type in ‘lsusb’ (without the quotes)
    and tell me

    • I am having the same problem…
      my lsusb out put is:

      ubuntu-host@Class:~$ lsusb
      Bus 005 Device 015: ID 19d2:fff1 ONDA Communication S.p.A.
      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 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

      • Well the device seems to have been detected here, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Try restarting the machine after you have installed the packages. I had done this on 2 systems and in both they worked fine. In case you still have a problem going around it you can mail me from the contact page and we’ll set up an online meeting to get this problem out.

        Cheers 😀

        • Hi,
          I’m having the same problem where I don’t see the pull-down options to pick up Huawei Technologies.. – All I see written is ‘Any Devices’ and that is greyed out, despite installing the packages you mentioned. If you’ve already resolved this issue, can you please email me, or post it on your website.?
          Thanks, -Jag

  3. Hi Anshuman,

    I too face similar issue when i connect my Reliance after installing above mentioned packages. .it says Any device and its greyed out.

    Pls help me to fix issue.

  4. Guys, do me a favour. See if you are getting the device listed in when you execute lsusb. If you can see the device then it has been detected. Try restarting and see. It should work, otherwise it doesn’t make sense. For anyone of you who has a gmail id add me for a chat and i can try to solve this problem online. email id –

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