Saturday, December 18, 2010

Connect To PTCL EVDO(Evo) from Ubuntu Linux - Part 2

Starting from Ubuntu 9.10, Network Manager uses ModemManager to communicate with mobile broadband (CDMA, UMTS and others) cards. Ubuntu 9.10 uses version 0.2 of ModemManager which most probably has some bug because of which few modems dont get recognized. ZTE AC2726, the modem which comes with PTCL EVDO, is one of the unfortunate ones. In a previous post we have covered how to connect to PTCL EVDO in Ubuntu 9.10. If you have Ubuntu 10.04 or later you can use the following procedure to connect to PTCL EVDO.

Install usb_modeswitch using the following command:
sudo apt-get install usb-modeswitch usb-modeswitch-data 
after installing usb_modeswitch plug your modem in. If your modem is already plugged in remove it and then plug it back in. Now use lsusb command to see if your modem is properly recognized. The output should contain a line like:
Bus xxx Device xxx: ID 19d2:fff1 ONDA Communication S.p.A. 
Now go to System->Preferences->Network Connections. Click on Mobile Broadband Tab.


Now click Add. In the new window that appears, you will have ZTE device already selected.


Click on forward. Select Pakistan from Next Screen and press forward. In next screen manually enter PTCL EVDO as your provider and click forward. Now click Apply.


 In the new Window enter vwireless@ptcl.com  as user name and ptcl as password and click apply.



You are all set. To connect to this connection click on Network Manager icon in Taskbar. Select this newly created connection and click connect.

26 comments:

moe said...

great job! thanks for the help!

Qazi said...

Thank you very much for this great post.

But can you tell us how to make a phone call from ubuntu using ptcl evo. I mean for recharge.
Is there any other way to recharge PTCL EVO using ubuntu???

Arslan_Abbasi said...

Hi, i'm trying to connect my zte evdo to ubuntu 10.04 and i've installed usb-modeswitch-data & usb-modeswitch but the problem is that when i make a new connection, no ZTE device is selected. While the device shows up in lsusb command.

Adnan Moghal said...

Hi,
same problem here. i am trying to connect my zte evdo to ubuntu 10.10. no zte device is connected. I manually go forward and do the settings. Internet get connected but unable to open any website.

Lovely said...

HI..
dear i m very fond of linux but Alas! i can't use it properly...
anyhow, you surely did a great job by sharing this... anyhow, i also hav a USB modem of worldcall
but i can't conect it in UBUNTU..
if you do something about it. it will be a great Work for me.... thnxxxx
plz reply at Lovely_abdul_mannan@yahoo.com

Bilal said...

Assalam-o-Alaikum!

Bundle of thanks for those who have uploaded such great guidelines for the Linux users just like me. I was worried about how to get connected through EVO from linux. The matter get solved. Thanks again.

Spherical square said...

Really helpful post!Thank you.

sahil said...

Sir can you please tell me how to maintain this connection because at the next startup the connection doesnt works at all and I have to make it again.

Black Gold said...

it got it right 1st time but then i installed ubuntu again now its not happening. and when it was going right i had make a connection again why..???? My problem is same as Arsalan, Adnan and Sahil's what to do???

Adnan said...

It may be because of different Ubuntu versions. If you installed the same version again and it didnt work the second time then may be you missed a step.

Aamir Shahzad said...

Thanks, good job done

Aamir Shahzad said...

I was in search of it for this post :) http://pak.net/%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A6%DB%8C%D9%86%DA%A9%D8%B3-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%B1-3-49834/#post424705

Ghufran Ul Haq said...

Great job Man!! Thanks a lot
I am able to connect my ptcl evo on Ubuntu Studio version 11.x

Asad Raza said...

Hi, I am new to ubuntu and running it as the only OS on my pc.
How can recharge my prepaid PTCL EVO?
Device is ZTE.

Asad Raza said...

Anyone? help.

Asad Raza said...

Anybody home? Kindly tell me how can i recharge my prepaid ptcl evo using ubuntu? device i am using is zte.

Adnan said...

@Asad Raza: I own a postpaid Evo connection so I dont have any idea about recharging.

Faraz said...

Very useful series of posts...

MIAN KASHIF ALI said...

what about a person has no net access initially to install usb, anyhow great job

Tahir said...

I just got my PTCL EVO (Huawei e620) USB working on Ubuntu 11.04. Thanks for this post. Very useful mate.

Aamir Shahzad said...
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JOB said...

Does any EVDO dongle work on Ubuntu or are there specific models? If the latter, how do I know them?

Anees Ahmed said...

Thank Sir. I am very very thankful to you

-- Anees

Salman Falcon said...

how i can install usbmodswitch while my internet is not working in ubuntu? nonsense tutorial, everyone is fool...

Manzoor Ahmed said...

best of all

http://www.xvaap.tk/2013/02/install-ptcl-3g-evo-driver-on-linux.html

Khaula Ansari said...

Assalamualikum, it proved to be of great help, :) Jazak Allah