How to use MTS MBlaze with Ubuntu Linux
I recently bought an MBlaze internet card from MTS India, and tried to use it with Ubuntu 12.10 despite the numerous how-to articles on the internet I was unable to connect to the internet.
Then I decided to call MTS Customer Service, I spoke to one Praveen who basically said they only support windows and will not support any other OS (although the accompanying hand book clearly states that MTS supports Windows, Linux and Mac) and its my responsibility as a buyer to configure it, also a support call would take 20 working hrs (approx 3 days) to get back to me. (one of the most horrible customer service agent I have spoken to thus far).
Now, the reason I’m writing this blog post is to help people who are looking to use the MTS dongle with Ubuntu.
First off, when you plugin the card for the first time Ubuntu will detect the device as a ZTE USB modem.
Following are the configuration settings you need to make
1. Go to Network Connection -> Mobile Broadband
2. Click Add and go through the regular setup process.
once done you will see a window something like this.
The configuration isn’t complete still, we need to edit this and allow the dongle to connect to the internet.
When you click on edit button you should see a window similar to this.
Now comes the setting changes
in the last tab (PPP Settings) you need to only enable “PAP, MSCHAPv2” as the authentication methods, by default all the methods are selected.
next, unselect the data data and header compression check boxes, now the window should look like this
Once this setting is completed you can connect to the internet.
if this is the first time you are trying to connect to internet with the card you need to activate the card, else the network will keep disconnecting the card. for this you would require the plugin the card to a windows machine and activate it using the accompanying software.