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Old 07-21-2011, 05:08 AM   #1
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using a ZTE MF180 mobile broadband stick on SUSE 11.4

Has anybody managed to get this stick to work with Suse 11.4 ?
I have read the following thread :

which shows that it can work with Gentoo, but I am afraid that I am not competent enough to understand this.
The stick is showing up in my hardware manager as a comunications device on /udev/ttyUSB0 but it is not being recognised as a networking device anywhere.

I have also attempted to write a rules.d file for it, ( 15-zte-mf180.rules) and have saved this under /etc/udev/rules.d/ and also under /lib/udev/rules.d/ but again I am unsure if I have a). written the correct file, and b) pointed to it in the correct ways.

All help and ideas will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Old 07-22-2011, 02:11 PM   #2
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What is it...

If you open a terminal and use the command "lsusb" you should be able to find your modem by its ID number. Look on the Internet for configuration information using the number and post back with the ID so that we can look as well.

If it is the same modem as in this post, it at least works with linux, and the post might be help. It mentions ejecting the device, but this modem is listed as being supported by USB_ModeSwitch on their list of supported modems.

Your post seems to indicate that you're using USB_ModeSwitch, but if you want the best chance of support with USB_ModeSwitch and its rules, you might try to download the source code and compile it yourself. Note that there is a useful USB_ModeSwitch forum. However, I found this that deals with the rules.

All this assumes that this is device ID 19ds:2000 and ID19ds:0117, that is, after switching.

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Old 07-29-2011, 10:56 AM   #3
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Thank you for your response, Thorkelljarl.
I have had a look at Christian Amsuess 's tutorial, but I feel that this is a bit out of my depth as I do not fully understand what he is doing.
Linux recognises the ZTE stick when i open the hardware manager, but i cannot get the network manager to see any wireless modems.
The Product ID is shown as 19d2 and the Vendor ID as 0117.

I don't know if I am using USB modeswitch, I will have to study this a bit.
The trouble is I am going on holiday now and will need to leave the problem for two weeks.
When I come back I will try to get some more information about what I am doing.
I do not think I could download source code and compile this myself without a walk-through:- my computing skills are not that good. But I am always keen to learn.

I have looked at the link to Draisberhof that you supplied, and this looks quite informative too. I will study this in some detail when I get more time, and let you know how I get on.
In the meantime, thank you once more for taking your time to reply to my post.


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