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Wednesday, April 20

How to Configure Tata Indicom Photon+ and Reliance NetConnect Broadband+ on Ubuntu or Any Linux OS

Tata Indicom Photon+ offer Huawei or Olive
Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ offers a choice of  Huawei and ZTE.
Reliance Huawei was the only one that works out of the box on Ubuntu and gets detected as  /dev/ttyUSB0.
After that you can edit /etc/wvdial.conf and put the following lines.

[Dialer Defaults]
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Username = yournumber
Phone = #777
Password = yournumber
New PPPD = yes
Stupid mode = yes

Replace yournumber with your number (provided at the back of the box).
ZTE didn’t even get detected,  and strangely enough there was no message on dmesg either.
lsusb shows: Bus 005 Device 002: ID 19d2:fff6
Tata Indicom Photon+ (Huawei based) also didn’t get detected.
lsusb shows:
Bus 005 Device 009: ID 12d1:140b Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Moz has tried this and has got this working using the following steps.

$ sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x12d1 product=0x140b
$ sudo mknod /dev/ttyUSB0 c 188 0
$ sudo mknod /dev/ttyUSB1 c 188 1
Add the following lines to the /etc/wvdial.conf, customise phone number, username and password as per advise of TataIndicomm.
[Dialer Defaults]
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Init1 = ATZ
Phone = #777
Username = cdma
Password = cdma
New PPPD = yes
Stupid Mode = 1
Try connecting with sudo wvdial
If you want a graphical dialer, install gnome-ppp
Go into setup, select your modem as /dev/ttyUSB0

Put your login/password depending on the service provider. Put the number as #777 and you are ready to connect.

  1. Install “wvdial” if you do not have it already. To install wvdial, use the command:
    sudo apt-get install wvdial
  2. Next, plug in your Tata Indicom USB Modem.
  3. Now, create a dialer for your modem with the command:
    sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
    This creates the appropriate dialer configuration for your modem. Remember to keep the modem plugged in while running this command.
  4. Edit the wvdial.conf file by issuing
    sudo vi /etc/wvdial.conf
  5. Your wvdial.conf file opens on issuing the above command. It should look like this :
    [Dialer Defaults]
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    Init3 = AT+CRM=1
    Stupid Mode = 1
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    Phone = 0
    ISDN = 0
    Password = 
    New PPPD = 
    Username = internet
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
    Baud = 9600
  6. Now you have to edit the file. Put “internet” in place of and . Do not change any other auto-generated entry. Place the appropriate phone number in place of 0. It is #777 for Tata Indocom.
That should complete setting up your dialer. Now, to dial a connection, simply execute
sudo wvdial
in a terminal window. Enjoy.
[ In case it still does not work, add the lines:
Init3 = AT+CRM=1
Stupid Mode = 1
Stupid mode allows the connection to dial through a firewall and Init3 = AT+CRM=1 prevents frequent disconnections.
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