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Huawei E3256 3G working on Wheezy

Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:24 pm

Three UK is selling this as their Premium Dongle. and I got it working on 2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian.

Initially ...
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 12d1:1f01 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
(that is the cd rom device)

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sudo -i
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get install sg3-utils
echo 'SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{modalias}=="usb:v12D1p1F01*", SYMLINK+="hwcdrom", RUN+="/usr/bin/sg_raw /dev/hwcdrom 11 06 20 00 00 00 00 00 01 00"' > /etc/udev/rules.d/10-HuaweiFlashCard.rules
nano /etc/network/interfaces
allow-hotplug eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp

disconnect power
disconnect lan
Plug in E3256

connect power
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 12d1:14db Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
startx and open browser to for the 3G dongle control page.

seems stable and speed tests here in Bath UK are getting up to 7 to 10 Mb/s download :D

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Re: Huawei E3256 3G working on Wheezy

Wed May 15, 2013 5:55 pm

I got the E3256 working too, including a NAT router arrangement to the Pi's RJ45 ethernet port (which I use to feed an ordinary home wired/wireless router. For a rather more verbose write-up/explanation, see http://techmind/org/rpi/

I get 8-10Mbps typically; c.20Mbps very off-peak, have seen 26Mbps downlink on one occasion!

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Re: Huawei E3256 3G working on Wheezy

Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:57 pm

Quick message to say thanks for posting this, I just did the same process with a Huawei E3231, and it also works for that too!

The one thing I've got to say is that once you've done everything, remember to power everything off, remove the dongle and wait for about 10 seconds before re-inserting it and powering everything up again. The first time round I just rebooted the Pi and the dongle didn't work - I then spent ages trying to work out what was wrong before I just turned it off properly and back on again. Whoops!

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Re: Huawei E3256 3G working on Wheezy

Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:33 pm

I also got this working following your instructions. Probably obvious to most but I needed to create a superuser terminal using:- sudo su
Since /etc is owned by root
BTW I was using a Huawei E3272.

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