First of all I m a newbie to ubuntu and recently installed 16.10. Then when i tried to connect to the internet my usb dongle doesn't show up.

I tried everything, googled many times. I tried adding a new connection in the regular way by going to wifi sign in top right corner and etc etc... But nothing worked.

In my dongle there is a folder named Linux and there are few files like install , 7zr , Mobile partner.dat and also a readme.txt. I ve done every step of the instructions there is in the readme.

It says login as root (sudo) and type tar (some 4 letters) Linux_install.tar.bz2.

When i execute this code terminal shows there is no files or events(something similar to that.).

Then I looked to see if my device is recognized by the OS using lsusb And it shows that USB Modem Huawei Technology.inc is recognized as a mass storage device.

My Dongle: Huawei Mobile Broadband E303

output of lsusb:

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 10f1:1a4f Importek 

Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0930:0220 Toshiba Corp. 

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub

Bus 003 Device 004: ID 12d1:14fe Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Modem (Mass Storage Mode)

Bus 003 Device 003: ID 09da:0260 A4Tech Co., Ltd. KV-300H Isolation Keyboard

Bus 003 Device 002: ID 09da:000a A4Tech Co., Ltd. Optical Mouse Opto 510D / 

Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  • iwconfig command show any wireless interface? – SuB Nov 19 '16 at 12:03
  • #SuB No it said no wireless extensions. – ThePilot Nov 19 '16 at 15:01
  • You should install the correct driver. tar command extracts file inside an tarball archive. After that you should run something like make or cmake or ./configure to compile and install the driver. – SuB Nov 19 '16 at 16:49
  • Please put the output of lsusb. It lets me now which chipset your dongle uses, so i can help you how to install the correct driver. – SuB Nov 19 '16 at 16:50
  • when I tried to extract using 'tar jxvf linux_install.tar.bz2' it said – ThePilot Nov 20 '16 at 0:25

This is probably caused by a bug in the usb-modeswitch package. A fixed version of usb-modeswitch is currently available in my PPA.

Open a terminal window and run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gunnarhj/misc
sudo apt update
sudo apt install usb-modeswitch

Then reboot. Now - hopefully - all you need to do is inserting the dongle, and it should be detected automatically.

  • I did the above and restarted and inserted the dongle again and Now there is a msg called unable to mount the cd rom: In the Disks or home my dongle is not detected. – ThePilot Nov 21 '16 at 1:04

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