Howto: HUAWEI E220 USB modem on Ibex(ubuntu 8.10)

Few months back I discussed about how to configure the HUAWEI E220 USB modem on Hardy Heron, and to my surprise I found that many people found it very useful ( through there feedback and by analyzing the search quires they used to find my previous article (10 views per day on average) – thanks to WordPress stats 🙂 ). While analyzing these search queries I found that some of them are looking for getting the HUAWEI E220 USB modem configured to run with Interpid Ibex. With Interpid Ibex they have made our life easy by providing a new network applet (GUI) to get the thing done with minimal effort. It lets you create profiles for different kinds of network connections depending on your requirements (such as for Wired, Wireless, Mobile Broadband, VPN and DSL connections ). Ok let’s see how to get this done.

First of all you need to connect your HUAWEI E220 USB modem to your Ubuntu box through any of your USB interface having inserted the sim with 3G support.

Next you need to open up the Network Configuration applet, which you can find under System » Preferences » Network Configuration. Then you will see a window gets opens up.

Network Configuration Applet

Network Configuration Applet - Step 01

In the Network Configuration Applet select the Mobile Broadband tab, as you can see on the above case. In my case I have already created one profile and named it as “Dialog Batta”.

To create a new profile clock on Add, then you’ll see a new window get open. There you click Forward.

Step 2

Welcome - Step 02

Next you’ll get the window where you have to select your country and your service provider based on your package and click Forward. In my case it’ll be Country – Sri Lanka and Provider – Dialog GSM (Post Paid).

Country and Service Provider

Country and Service Provider - Step 03

Next you will see a summary of the profile you have just created. Under the Name you can give a name of your choice to identify the profile or leave it as it is, which you can change it later through the Network Configuration applet. Proceed by clicking on Apply.

Summary - Step 04

Summary - Step 04

You have successfully cerated the profile. Next on your top Panel of your desktop click on the Network configuration icon. On the dropdown menu select the profile Dialog GSM (Post Paid) under Mobile Broadband category you have just created, enjoy 🙂 🙂

To automatically activate the Mobile Broadband profile (in this case Dialog GSM (Post Paid)) once you connect the modem to the machine, once again open the Network Configuration applet and select the Mobile Broadband tab. There select the profile you wants and click Edit. On the coming window select the Connect automatically option and click OK.




  1. නුවන් රිටිගහපොල said,

    February 5, 2009 at 4:48 am

    අනෙ මන්දා කොහොම ස්තුති කරන්නද කියලා ඔයා කරලා තියේන්නෙ ගොඩාක් හොද වැඩක්. එකෙන් මම හිතන්නෙ විශාල පිරිසක් ප්‍රතිපල භුක්ති විදිනවා. එ ගැන හිතලා ඔයාට සන්තොස වෙන්න පුලුවන්.

  2. නුවන් රිටිගහපොල said,

    February 5, 2009 at 4:53 am

    මට මෙ ගැන කියල එවුවෙ M. හනිෆා එයටත් ගොඩක් ස්තුතියි.
    මට තාම එයාට පෞද්ගලිකව ස්තුති කරන්න බැරි උනා එත් මෙය දුටු විට එයත් ගොඩක් සතුටු වෙවි.

    නුවන් රිටිගහපොල

  3. hayesha said,

    March 27, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for your valuable feedback

  4. hayesha said,

    May 7, 2009 at 5:27 am

    With Ubuntu 9.04(Juanty Jackalop) you can very easily configure the HUAWEI E220 USB modem by just plugging it into any of the USB slots, then the system will automatically detects it and prompts you a dialog box. You only needs to create the profile for your respective connection( as I have explained above). Now you are connected to Internet, enjoy!!!

  5. Irfan said,

    August 3, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Hi can u suggest me the way of doing this same task in Ubuntu 9.04 edition
    Do i need a Pin No, APN, Phone Number for activation in 9.04 ??????

  6. Irfan said,

    August 3, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    at my home

    By using Windows XP/VISTA, Modem connects Easily, fastly to the internet

    But in ubuntu, Modem detects can not connect to the internet,
    always drop in the middle after trying to connect

    I think mostly

    -because dialog modem contains mobile partner software supports well for Windows products and make boost on signal

    -but it does not happen for the ubuntu from the modem side

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