beampoweramp
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Does Raspberry Pi work with 4G LTE USB modems?

Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:11 pm

Does Raspberry Pi work with 4G LTE USB modems?
There are hundreds of these little devices on the market.
Would be cool to connect to a Raspberry Pi beyond the reach of Bluetooth or WiFi.
Does anyone in the Raspberry Pi community have a recommendation for what type of LTE USB modems do indeed work with a Raspberry Pi?
And with which model/software rev of Pi?
A little tutorial on installation would be helpful.
Thank you.

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Re: Does Raspberry Pi work with 4G LTE USB modems?

Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:13 pm

The Raspberry Pi is just another Linux computer, so your question should really be "Do Linux work with USB Modems ?".

The answer is "yes", but how well it works depends on the modem in question. Like you said there are hundreds of different models to choose from, and some need very special drivers and some might only work with Windows but there are many many devices that can work well with Linux and the Raspberry Pi.

Its very difficult to point to a single guide that would be helpful and not just confusing at this stage.
( As an example, I'll just post this https://www.thefanclub.co.za/how-to/how ... and-wvdial which is basically a well written guide that would either be well suited or completely useless depending on what modem you buy in the end. )

Find a model that is easily available for you and works with your network provider, then google the name of that model + Linux + Raspberry pi. You will then probably find relevant information. Huawei have a few models that people can find for a nice price and usually works good.

And for choice of OS we always recommend the newest Raspbian. ( Which means that any guide meant for Debian Linux should also work. )

All model of Raspberry Pi will work, but its easier to work with one of the models with 4 USB ports. A PiZero works just as well but you would probably need an external USB-hub.

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Re: Does Raspberry Pi work with 4G LTE USB modems?

Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:05 pm

beampoweramp wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:11 pm
Does Raspberry Pi work with 4G LTE USB modems?
There are hundreds of these little devices on the market.
Would be cool to connect to a Raspberry Pi beyond the reach of Bluetooth or WiFi.
Does anyone in the Raspberry Pi community have a recommendation for what type of LTE USB modems do indeed work with a Raspberry Pi?
And with which model/software rev of Pi?
A little tutorial on installation would be helpful.
Thank you.

I reside in UK and at present only 3G / 4G is offered by Service Providers.

I have used a Portable 3G / 4G Huawei Modem and when connected via data / charge USB Cable was seen as an incoming internet connection, no configuration in Raspbian was required.
Adieu

beampoweramp
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Re: Does Raspberry Pi work with 4G LTE USB modems?

Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:51 pm

I went ahead and did a test with a brand new Raspberry Pi 3 running Raspbian Stretch 9.3.
I plugged in a Huawei E3372h-510 with a T-Mobile SIM card.
Everything worked great right out of the box.
I did not have to install any supplemental software.
Thank you Raspberry Pi.
:D

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