A friend of mine recently bought a SmartBro Prepaid USB stick (Huawei E156C). She asked me to help her set it up. You might think that you need to be a Linux geek to configure the mobile broadband to work in Linux. It is so easy anyone who knows how to use a mouse and a keyboard can do it. Here is how I made it work in Ubuntu Jaunty.
Once you connect the USB stick, you are prompted with this dialogue box. Just click “forward”. You may also click on the images for full view.
You choose “Smart,” of course. Then click “forward” again.
All you have to do then is click “apply.”
Then you right-click on the NetworkManager applet and then left-click “Edit Connections”.
Once you’ve done that, you need to click on the “Mobile Broadband” tab and then the “Edit” button.
Then, depending on your security settings, your computer may ask you if you want to “allow application access to keyring”. I suggest that you choose “always allow.”
In the next dialogue, you will notice that you are provided with the default username and password. You should delete them. Everything should be empty except for “Number” and “APN”. Number should be *99# and the APN should be “smartbro” without the quotation marks.
Then you click on the “PPP Settings” tab and then the “Configure Methods” button. You should uncheck everything except “PAP”.
You are basically done. You need to left-click the NetworkManager applet and choose “Smart” to connect.
If you have followed the instructions correctly, you should get this happy announcement.
I did this on three different computers: a Dell Latitude D530, an MSI Wind U100, and a generic desktop PC. All running Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).
I hope this has been helpful to you.