ZTE MF100 (3G USB Modem) does not work at all

After insertion,openSUSE 12.1 stidle.Nothing response to this device >:(

Start with reporting the output of the following terminal commands (after device insertion)

lsusb
 dmesg|tail

That might help us to assist further.

On Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:46:02 +0530, kroo <kroo@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org>
wrote:

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> After insertion,openSUSE 12.1 stidle.Nothing response to this device >:(
>
>

i’m using this modem in india, for MTS mobile broadband.

this is a dual device, USB storage medium & EVDO modem, but i haven’t been
able to access the storage device under linux. apparently it stores data
without a valid file system, and while windows can understand this,
openSUSE can not – at least not out of the box, and i haven’t bothered to
try to find a way to mount this non-file system storage device (which
contains an installer for windows7, but not one that works for openSUSE).

i finally got the modem to work using the script distributed here:
http://www.sakis3g.org/

this script switches the modem into “modem mode,” which allows
applications like wvdial or kppp to access it.

depending on your installation, you’ll have to download the proper script;
in my case, it was “All architects - Binary free version”. this requires
the packages usb_modeswitch and usb_modeswitch-data to be installed
(available on the OSS repo).

after downloading the script you can start it from a command line (as
root) with the command “sakis3g_amd64” (depending on which version you
need). a graphical user interface will pop up. in the first screen choose
“More Options…”, then the command to only switch the modem. (don’t try
to connect, since this won’t work. sakis3g can connect to 3G networks, but
this isn’t a 3G, but an EVDO device.)

after sakis3g successfully switched your modem, it’ll tell you which port
it’s using. using this information, you can configure either wvdial or
kppp with the proper parameters. for me, this included quite a bit of
trial & error, since the script and kppp are using different device names
for some reason. eventually, after a lot of googling, i managed to get my
MTS boradband connection to work on openSUSE 12.1 with this ZTE modem.

i’m not sure where you are living and what provider you are trying to
access. these EVDO modems are quite popular at the moment, at least here
in india, where different providers use the same device under different
branding. if you’re from india and are trying for MTS too, i can send you
my exact config. details – otherwise this won’t be of much use.


phani.

Thanks to phani very much.I’m in Thailand using AIS 3G network and I think that your answer is very useful for me. :slight_smile:

On Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:56:03 +0530, kroo <kroo@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org>
wrote:

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> Thanks to phani very much.I’m in Thailand using AIS 3G network and I
> think that your answer is very useful for me. :slight_smile:
>

ah, if you’re using a real 3G network, your situation is different.
there’s quite some documentation on the sakis3g site, and a lot of stuff
available via google. good luck!


phani.