Vodem in Ubuntu

I was looking at my web stats, and noticed someone was doing searches on Vodems and T-Sticks in Ubuntu, and were getting to this blog. As I had not got the Vodem going in Ubuntu, I though I would give it a try.

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, and I am finding that a lot more things ‘just work’ in it. So, I right clicked on the Network icon up there in the top right, and selected ‘Edit Connections’, then selected the Mobile Broadband tab. Clicked on the add button.  If you have inserted you Vodem, it should appear in the drop down list on the first screen, if not it won’t! On the second screen, select the country (New Zealand here abouts) and it should come up with a list of two providers. Select Vodafone (in this case), and on the next screen select Vodafone Unrestricted. The rest of the settings can stay as they are, unless you want to change the Authentication to just CHAP. I must say I had to fiddle a bit to get it working, but if you have the Vodem in when you set it up, it should be OK. Click on the network Icon, and the Vodafone connection should appear in the list. If you ticked ‘Connect Automatically’ it will either be trying to do so, or will have done it. Otherwise you can click on it to start it, and click on disconnect to stop it. Inserting the card seems to make it available to the Network manager OK, and will start automatically if that is what you selected.

Tried the T-Stick, but Ubuntu didn’t recognise the hardware, probably not on the list. Put the XT sim in the Vodem, and tried that, and while I could set it all up, I couldn’t get it to connect. A job for another day. So a point to Vodafone and Huawei, and a point against Telecom and ZTE!

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5 comments on “Vodem in Ubuntu
  1. Jim says:

    Thanks Dave. I’ll give another shot

  2. Dave says:

    Well, without more info all I can really do is tell you what it says above or this alternate method which does the same thing.
    So, boot Ubuntu 9.10, and plug in a vodem that has some credit on its sim card.
    I have just done this on a Ubuntu live disk running on my netbook, and it started a wizard automatically, but if it doesn’t, click on the network icon (which from memory can be one of three different icons) which is normally at the top right of the scree.
    Mobile broadband should be one of the options, click on it, and choose add , or click on the configure option under the Mobile Braodband option.
    Make sure you choose New Zealand as your country, and Vodafone and Vodafone Unrestricted. The setup will then finish.
    Go back to the Network icon, and select the Vodafone unrestricted option, and it should connect. If you want to connect automatically when the vodem is inserted, right click on the network icon, and click edit connections, select your mobile broadband connection, edit it and click the connect automatically option.

  3. Jim says:

    Hey I tried connect with Vodafone prepay Vodem stick on ubuntu 9.10. I’m not tech savvy and it doesn’t seem to connect. Can you tell me how you got it going??? detail explanation would be much appreciated for a non-techie : ) Thanks in advance

  4. admin says:

    Thanks Darryl, I am a bit new to all this social networking stuff, but I will try to keep it interesting.

  5. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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