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I have an Mobile Broadband USB (HUAWEI E173), which can also work as a WiFi Adapter USB.

The problem is that Ubuntu 12.04 only recognizes it as an Mobile Broadband USB, not as an Wireless Adapter USB, is there a way to "trick" Ubuntu to recognize my USB as a Wireless Adapter?

Thanks in advance.


  • I used the lsusb command and got this:

    `Bus 002 Device 009: ID 12d1:1c23 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.`
  • I have 64-bit Ubuntu Installed, so it may just be a driver problem.

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How about take out the sim card? – penreturns Oct 6 '12 at 15:31
Nope, I tried and the USB turns off if I remove the SIM card. – Alex Spataru Oct 6 '12 at 23:01
Is this you? Have see that post? – penreturns Oct 6 '12 at 23:23
I'm not alexfish, although I will try the solutions in the post, Thanks! – Alex Spataru Oct 7 '12 at 18:42

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