In my earlier posts, I showed how to get Reliance data cards ( 2G and 3G ) working on Ubuntu. In this post I will show how to setup MTS Blaze data card working on Ubuntu based distros.
Please note, I am using my custom distribution, Easylinux OS, on top of which which I had installed Gnome3 using the gnome3-team/gnome3 ppa. But I really don’t think that should be a reason as all Ubuntu based distributions get updates from the same source.
For the connection setup, I used a Huwaei data card which was provided by MTS. My test laptop : a Dell XPS 1640, P9700 Core2Duo, 4GB RAM.
The MTS data card box, interestingly, says that the USB data card is compatible with Linux OS along with Windows and Mac. The datacard also contains a driver for the Linux distros which is packaged in a tar.gz format. There is also a nice little tutorial which shows how to get the driver installed in Linux. But I did not require any of that.
The connection setup was a easy plug and play procedure. I did not have to install any drivers for the data card. After I plugged in the data card, I got a pop up message saying Huwaei data card recognized. Following that, I clicked on the Network Settings and setup the connection for the data card. The screenshots below will give you a better understanding how I went through the procedure.
Since I am using Gnome 3, the notifications are visible at the bottom of the screen. These notifications started appearing once I plugged in the USB data card.
Now, from Network Settings -> Mobile Broadband-> Options , I proceeded to setup a new connection. New connections option triggerd a setup wizard which makes the connection setup a very easy process.
I selected the country as India and clicked Next to move to the next screen.
This screen is quite interesting as most of the readers have previously complained to me that they never see MTS Blaze in the providers list. Interestingly, for me, I have always found MTS Blaze on my list of providers. Select MTS Blaze and then click Forward. This is where the setup is complete. You do not have to enter a username and password as MTS documentation says that the network will detect the connection automatically and login.
On your left you can see the screenshot, which confirms that MTS connection is setup and ready to launch. At this point, all you have to do is click on the connection name and the datacard will connect you to the internet. This is exactly what I did.
Since I am also using Unity alongside Gnome 3, this is how the network connection looks like in Unity. I hope this tutorial is helpful. Please do post if you have any questions! Thanks.