Everytime I go to work at an overseas branch, I am given a USB dongle (or USB 3G modem) that never seems to be detectable by Ubuntu with the out of the box Network Manager. It is frustrating as hell! Reading some of the posts available on the internet, most of the stuff is for out-of-date Ubuntu versions (generally 10.04 and below) and seems to indicate that all you need is install usb-modeswitch and usb-modeswitch-data and that’s it! Some indicate that you need to install wader-core, and it should magically detect my modem. But that just doesn’t work on Ubuntu 12.04!
The following are steps that I found works, which strangely enough, is not widely found on the net. I guess my little Vodafone K3675 modem is just wayyy out of date!
The website that saved the day is this:
For 12.04, I download the one for one-irc (that’s the latest as of this writing):
You will still need to install usb-modeswitch and usb-modeswitch-data like this:
sudo apt-get install usb-modeswitch
sudo apt-get install usb-modeswitch-data
Then install this python-wnck package needed by v-mobile-broadband manager:
sudo apt-get install python-wnck
Then install the downloaded packages in this order
sudo dpkg -i python-wader_0.5.12-1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i python-messaging_0.5.12-1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i wader-core_0.5.12-1_all.deb\
sudo dpkg -i v-mobile-broadband_3.00.01-1_all.deb
That’s it! Now fire up this command and you’ll get a little prompt to install a profile for your 3G USB device: