HiLink usb hsupa dongle in Mint 15 Olivia

reneg8or

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Hi

I recently upgraded from Windows 8 64-BIT to Mint 15 Cinnamon. Prior to the upgrade, I tested this version of Linux live from flash drive and the hsdpa dongle worked instantly. Now that I have installed Linux to my hard drive, all of a sudden the dongle cannot even be opened/accessed.

Not a too serious problem, as I have a Bluetooth device over and above a fast wireless network.

Even so, the HiLink modem usually is a good companion and I would love to get it working again. I will need to get home and check its model number but I am almost 100% sure it is a E3131.

Suggestions welcome.
 

ginggs

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I'd say your best bet is to try find a non-HiLink firmware and flash that onto your device.
 

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I'd say your best bet is to try find a non-HiLink firmware and flash that onto your device.
Hi Ginggs, I'm not hands-on with what you are suggesting; can you please elaborate a bit? Any suggested firmware options, where to download from, etc. I also don't want to ruin/brick the dongle in the process.
 

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Hi Ginggs, I'm not hands-on with what you are suggesting; can you please elaborate a bit?
It seems like most Huawei HiLink modems (E303, E3131, E3276) are available in HiLink and non-HiLink variants.
The non-Hilink variants behave like regular 3G modems, exposing modems and/or network interfaces and serial ports to the OS.
The HiLink variants are controlled via a web interface on http://192.168.1.1/ .
From users' reports, the only differences are in the device's firmware, so it is possible to flash the non-HiLink firmware onto a HiLink variant and thereafter it will behave like a normal 3G modem.
Any suggested firmware options, where to download from, etc. I also don't want to ruin/brick the dongle in the process.
Sounds like this person had success:
http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/507680?p=10956213#post10956213
 

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It seems like most Huawei HiLink modems (E303, E3131, E3276) are available in HiLink and non-HiLink variants.
The non-Hilink variants behave like regular 3G modems, exposing modems and/or network interfaces and serial ports to the OS.
The HiLink variants are controlled via a web interface on http://192.168.1.1/ .
From users' reports, the only differences are in the device's firmware, so it is possible to flash the non-HiLink firmware onto a HiLink variant and thereafter it will behave like a normal 3G modem.

Sounds like this person had success:
http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/507680?p=10956213#post10956213
Thanks, I am following your links. On a serious note, that may offend some or make me the laughing stock of myBB, I did ask God to help me and it DID work right away. So I seem to be sorted, with/without superstition. I also tested the firmware and all is fine there. (God is in IT, I think)

What you tell me about the HiLink and its lesser siblings is interesting and something I will keep in the back of my mind.

Thanks a million!
 
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