how to make a Huawei EC1705 USB broadband work with ubuntu

Asked by Benjamin Qualls on 2012-05-17

I am recently switching from windows to Ubuntu and would like to be able to use my Cricket mobile broadband for internet. It is a Huawei EC1705 USB mobile broadband. Can you help me to make this work?

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Benjamin Qualls (bdq1) said : #1

I was able to get the cricket software to work using the 'Wine' software but this did not help as the software did not recognize the device. Thank you for any help!

You don't need wine

Can you give the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a; lsusb


Benjamin Qualls (bdq1) said : #3

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 11.10
Release: 11.10
Codename: oneiric
Linux hayley-Inspiron-600m 3.0.0-12-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 14:50:42 UT
C 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
Bus 001 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 003 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 12d1:140c Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

I have typed this and gone over it to try and make sure I did not fudge the syntax. I hope this is what you need. Thank you very much for the help as i want to liberate myself from windows on all my computers and this is my jumping off point.

Benjamin Qualls (bdq1) said : #5

Thanks, this seems rather complicated but I'll give it a shot. I do not however understand how to install these programs. Do you have any tips on installing apps? I am just another proficient windows user trying to crawl in linux.

Benjamin Qualls (bdq1) said : #6

I cant figure out how to install these programs. Maybe I'm missing something, please help!

Benjamin Qualls (bdq1) said : #7

Alright, Sorry to sound dumb but the software was already installed. I have looked at the link provided above and need a simple breakdown of what I need to do i.e. what do i type into the terminal to get started what changes are to be made etc. the tutorial also is for a different modem so what changes do I need to make to the code listed in the tutor. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Benjamin Qualls (bdq1) said : #8

My network manager does recognise the cricket but it will not connect to the internet. It says 'CDMA home network connected' and acts like it is searching for a signal but then says 'modem network you are now disconnected'. I hope this will help to tell me what is wrong. Sorry for not including this earlier.

Benjamin Qualls (bdq1) said : #9

Alright this is so simple it amazes me I didnt think of it. Get your cricket phone # for your device. Go to edit connections, select mobile broadband, edit, then enter #777 for the number, <email address hidden> (the xxx represent your cricket phone #) for your username, and 'cricket' for the password. This will connect you!