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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:12 am    Post subject: Getting Huawei E173 dongle to work Reply with quote

I can't get my Gentoo box to connect to the Internet via Huawei E173 USB dongle and a SIM card of a free Polish provider: Aero2.

Modem is properly installed and detected by kernel:
Code:
dmesg
usb 2-2: new high speed USB device number 2 using ehci_hcd
scsi12 : usb-storage 2-2:1.0
scsi13 : usb-storage 2-2:1.1
usb 2-2: USB disconnect, device number 2
usb 2-2: new high speed USB device number 3 using ehci_hcd
option 2-2:1.0: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
usb 2-2: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB0
cdc_ether 2-2:1.1: wwan0: register 'cdc_ether' at usb-0000:00:1d.7-2, Mobile Broadband Network Device, 02:50:f3:00:00:00
option 2-2:1.3: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
usb 2-2: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB1
option 2-2:1.4: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
usb 2-2: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB2


Code:
lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 12d1:1436 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. E173 3G Modem (modem-mode)


Kernel config

The problem is that it doesn't connect via network management service of KDE.
I get these logs after trying to connect via NetworkManager:
Code:
Oct  7 15:37:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Auto-activating connection 'aero2'.                                                       
Oct  7 15:37:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) starting connection 'aero2'                                         
Oct  7 15:37:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: disconnected -> prepare (reason 'none') [30 40 0]         
Oct  7 15:37:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...                           
Oct  7 15:37:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...                             
Oct  7 15:37:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.                             
Oct  7 15:37:22 karbo modem-manager[1964]: <info>  Modem /org/freedesktop/ModemManager/Modems/0: state changed (registered -> connecting)   
Oct  7 15:37:48 karbo acpid: client 1942[0:0] has disconnected                                                                               
Oct  7 15:37:48 karbo acpid: client connected from 1942[0:0]                                                                                 
Oct  7 15:37:48 karbo acpid: 1 client rule loaded                                                                                           
Oct  7 15:38:22 karbo modem-manager[1964]: <info>  Modem /org/freedesktop/ModemManager/Modems/0: state changed (connecting -> registered)   
Oct  7 15:38:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <warn> GSM connection failed: (32) No cause information available                               
Oct  7 15:38:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: prepare -> failed (reason 'unknown') [40 120 1]           
Oct  7 15:38:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <warn> Activation (ttyUSB0) failed for connection 'aero2'                                       
Oct  7 15:38:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: failed -> disconnected (reason 'none') [120 30 0]         
Oct  7 15:38:22 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]                                       
Oct  7 15:38:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Auto-activating connection 'aero2'.                                                       
Oct  7 15:38:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) starting connection 'aero2'                                         
Oct  7 15:38:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: disconnected -> prepare (reason 'none') [30 40 0]         
Oct  7 15:38:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...                           
Oct  7 15:38:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...                             
Oct  7 15:38:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.                             
Oct  7 15:38:25 karbo modem-manager[1964]: <info>  Modem /org/freedesktop/ModemManager/Modems/0: state changed (registered -> connecting)   
Oct  7 15:39:25 karbo modem-manager[1964]: <info>  Modem /org/freedesktop/ModemManager/Modems/0: state changed (connecting -> registered)   
Oct  7 15:39:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <warn> GSM connection failed: (32) No cause information available                               
Oct  7 15:39:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: prepare -> failed (reason 'unknown') [40 120 1]           
Oct  7 15:39:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <warn> Activation (ttyUSB0) failed for connection 'aero2'                                       
Oct  7 15:39:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: failed -> disconnected (reason 'none') [120 30 0]         
Oct  7 15:39:25 karbo NetworkManager[1899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]


This is the configuration of KDE network management for the Aero2 network but I don't know how to display it in English.
I have exactly the same configuration in Kubuntu and it works there.

How would I solve it?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the E1831 Huawei Usb dongle, it work with NetworkManager, but I use it with Wvdial. I have this configuration in my /etc/wvdial.conf:
Code:

Dialer Defaults]
Auto Reconnect = no
Baud = 460800
Dial Attempts = 3
Idle = 0
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = AT&F0
ISDN = 0
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Modem Type = Analog Modem
Password = dummy
Phone = *99#
Stupid Mode = 1
Username = dummy

So give a try to Wvdial.

With Gentoo, the dongle do not put itself automatically in modem mode. It stay in storage mode intil I use the command
Code:

usb_modeswitch -c /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf

where the contain of /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf is
Code:

# Configuration for the usb_modeswitch package, a mode switching tool for
# USB devices providing multiple states or modes
#
# Evaluated by the wrapper script /usr/sbin/usb_modeswitch_dispatcher
#
# To enable an option, set it to "1", "yes" or "true" (case doesn't matter)
# Everything else counts as "disable"


# Disable automatic mode switching globally (e.g. to access the original
# install storage)

DisableSwitching=0


# Enable logging (results in a extensive report file in /var/log, named
# "usb_modeswitch_<interface-name>" and probably others

EnableLogging=0

# Huawei E1831
DefaultVendor=  0x12d1
DefaultProduct= 0x1446

TargetVendor=   0x12d1
TargetProduct=  0x1404

MessageContent="55534243000000000000000000000011060000000000000000000000000000"

CheckSuccess=5

Then it goes in modem mode. The MessageContent line can be different for you. I got the mine from Internet. Usb_modeswitch must be emerge.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It works with wvdial, but I don't want to run it every time for every network I use. I need automatic network management like NetworkManager can do. So, please, give me any clues you know to make it work with NetworkManager. Thx in advance.
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