Qtel mobile broadband HUAWEI E220 USB modem [Solved]

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Qtel mobile broadband HUAWEI E220 USB modem [Solved]

Postby Fitzcarraldo » Tue Feb 23, 2010 21:00

Could have put this in Hardware forum or Networking and Wireless forum, as it applies to both. Anyway, as it relates to Mobile Broadband, I'll post it under Networking and Wireless.

I thought I'd post the information here in case anyone else is trying to use this mobile broadband modem with SL and KDE in Qatar. Under Windows this is all set up automatically, but under Linux you need to know how to configure your PC's network software manually. So here is how to do it for a Qtel Huawei E220 modem.

Text printed on the upper side of the modem:
Qtel - Let's Connect

Text printed on the underside of the modem:
HUAWEI
Model: E220
HSDPA USB MODEM

I right-clicked on the NetworkManager icon on the KDE Panel and used Manage Connections... > Mobile Broadband > Add GSM Connection to set up the modem as follows:

a) Mobile Broadband tab:
Number: *99#
APN: web.qtel
Type: Any
All other fields left blank. (Yep, even the PIN field.)

b) PPP tab:
I left everything as it was, viz. only the following is now ticked:
Authentication
PAP
CHAP
MSCHAPv2
MSCHAP
EAP
and under the Compression section:
Allow BSD compression
Allow Deflate compression
Use TCP header compression

It all works perfectly with SL and KDE 4.3.3.
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Re: Qtel mobile broadband HUAWEI E220 USB modem [Solved]

Postby Fitzcarraldo » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:48

A colleague of mine has a 17" MacBook Pro and recently upgraded from OS X Leopard to OS X Snow Leopard, and now the Qtel Huawei E220 no longer works with his laptop. So I'm feeling a little smug at the moment. It's one of those rare moments when hardware works in Linux but not on one of the main two OSs.
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