Huawei E1550 3G modem

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Introduction

This article describes how to configure Huawey E220 and E1550 3G modems.

This modem is generic modem device, but there are two kludges:

  • you need to switch it into modem mode
  • you need to load proper driver (usbserial)

Prepare device

Switch into modem mode

By default kernel recongnizes it as usb-storage device (SCSI CD-ROM). It is true, because of this modem contains MicroSD card reader.

To switch modem on you shoud run

 /lib/udev/modem-modeswitch --vendor 0x12d1 --product 0x1446 --type option-zerocd

command. (See also usb_modeswitch package in AUR)

Also you can create udev's config: /etc/udev/rules.d/15-huawei-e1550.rules

 SUBSYSTEM=="usb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="1446", SYSFS{idVendor}=="12d1", RUN+="/lib/udev/modem-modeswitch --vendor 0x12d1 --product 0x1446 --type option-zerocd"

After that, modem changes its USB IDs to 12d1:1003 and /proc/bus/usb/devices shows new USB endpoints.

Driver loading

usbserial is proper driver for this modem, but probably it does not recognize it, so you shold force it, passing USB IDs.

 modprobe usbserial vendor=0x12d1 product=0x1003

or put options into /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf

 options usbserial vendor=0x12d1 product=0x1003

(do not forget to 'rmmod usbserial' if it is already loaded before)

Connecting internet

Now you have new 2 or 3 /dev/ttyUSB* devices.Most likely first of them (ttyUSB0 if you had not such devices before) is PPP compatible modem. Use it as usual with pppd, kppp, gnome-ppp, network-manager, etc.

AT commands

There are some usefull commands:

  • AT^U2DIAG=0 - disable usb-storage (also changes USB ID to 12d1:1001 and adds third ttyUSB device)
  • AT+CUSD=1,<encoded-USSD-code>,15 - USSD request, result can be found (probably) in /dev/ttyUSB2.

TODO: continue.