Setting up 3 dongle in Ubuntu (ZTE MF112)

I’ve recently started using a 3 internet dongle so that I can access the internet on the train. It’s actually much better than I expected and the speed is quite impressive.

My dongle is the ZTE MF112 and I had a few problems getting it to work in Ubuntu. Here are the easy steps to make it work:

1. You have to register it using windows as it needs to receive a text message so that it can be activated. Just plug it into a windows system and follow the instructions. Once it has been used once, it’s good to work in Ubuntu.

2. ´╗┐Boot up ubuntu with the device plugged in at boot. Install the usb-modeswitch package in the console as follows:

sudo aptitude install usb-modeswitch

3. Set up the config so that Ubuntu treats the dongle as an internet adapter and not a USB flash drive:

sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/zte_eject.rules

4. Paste the following into the new file:

SYSFS{idVendor}==”19d2″, SYSFS{idProduct}==”0103″, RUN+=”/usr/bin/eject %k”, OPTIONS+=”last_rule”

5. Now open network manager (right click on the wireless icon at the top right of your screen and add a new device under the mobile broadband section. You just need to follow all the default settings. There’s no need for user names and passwords. Just stick with defaults.

6. Reeboot. You will now find 3 Internet as one of the networks you can connect to on the list in the same way as you’d connect to a wireless network.

4 thoughts on “Setting up 3 dongle in Ubuntu (ZTE MF112)

  1. Do you think this might work as well if you plug it into a Mac at first? I’ll have to perform this install pretty soon and I might not be able to get a hold of a Windows install at that time.

  2. thank you so much i was pulling my hair out trying to get my dongle to work and now it works perfectly my dongle is my only connection so thanks!

  3. I got this to connect but now it can’t recognise any usb flash drives? It sees them but I can’t access them…help!

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