Huawei E176 and Ubuntu

I recently bought a Huawei E176 from Germany (through eBay) because it has two interesting features that ordinary USB HSDPA modems don’t have:

  • the support for an external clip antenna;
  • a Micro SD Card slot.

It’s branded T-Mobile but it works with my operator and I suppose it works with yours as well. :)

It immediately worked with the graphical tool Ubuntu provides for wired/wireless/dialup networks: unfortunately, when I installed the driver shipped with it, it stopped working properly. Of course I was still able to talk with it using pppd (the modem is reachable at /dev/ttyUSB0) as I previously described.

I hope to have enough free time to try the Vodafone Mobile Connect Card driver for Linux and its howto.


  1. apviveros

    I hope you can give me some advice: I have got a Huawei E176 mdem too and I have installed Ubuntu in my desktop but it does not run setup.exe, although I presume my version of Ubuntu is an old fashionone may be something I can do

    • Carlo

      setup.exe won’t run on Ubuntu (and GNU/Linux in general): it is an executable file compiled for Microsoft Windows OSes.

  2. stefan

    I have Kubuntu 9.10, and it didn’t work out of the box. I installed the wicd which is default network manager for Ubuntu, but still it does not work. Could u describe, which packages, or what else should I do(the script for K800i, also didn’t solve the problem). Maybe there are some operator specific data…

    • Carlo

      When I wrote this post, I was using 9.04; anyhow, it already works on 9.10… I simply run (as root) my tim_umts_usb script (on /dev/ttyUSB0) which calls the AT sequence script tim: yes, my script tim has specific operator data but they should be easy to change – I’m talking about the two lines starting with “OK”.

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