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10.6: One possible fix for 3G ZTE modems in Snow Leopard Other Hardware
Snow Leopard only hintI support quite a few people who use USB 3G dongles; many have moved to Snow Leopard, where some have been having problems. None of these people are having problems with Vodaphone, as they support the Mac very well, and have up-to-date 64-bit drivers.

We were having some troubles with ZTE 622 3G dongles on Snow Leopard, and here's one possible fix. I had a brain wave for these modems, though, as I support other clients on mobile broadband. I noticed that Vodaphone has a driver for ZTE products as part of their mobile connect suite (64-bit as well).

So I downloaded and installed those drivers as a test.

Rather than using the troublesome ZTE Connect, I used the Network System Preferences panel, added the ZTE modem port, and used *99# as number. Presto, a stable connection on 3G with no annoying pop-up saying the driver extension is incompatible or not installed correctly, etc.

Always make sure you disconnect from 3G before unplugging the modem, as you can otherwise cause a kernel panic.
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10.6: One possible fix for 3G ZTE modems in Snow Leopard
Authored by: agentx on May 10, '10 10:00:49AM

This should also work for other modems that the Vodaphone package installs as well.
I think this is very much to do with the fact that Vodaphone have licensed the software & drivers from NovaMedia who make their own rather expensive but useful offerings.

I neglected to say in my hint that you also must choose the type of modem from Advanced settings in Network Prefs.



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10.6: One possible fix for 3G ZTE modems in Snow Leopard
Authored by: jtg78 on May 12, '10 07:25:42AM

Very interesting post on ZTE modems within Snow Leopard. I use O2 UK with a ZTE MF100 modem and this may allow me to get rid of the poorly coded O2 Mobile Connect application.

This is not completely in scope with your post, but I was wondering if you have any experience with O2 Mobile Connect at all? With O2 UK mobile broadband users have access to WiFi hotspots like BTOpenZone. Unfortunately, the authentication for such a hotspot is handled entirely by O2 Mobile Connect, and of course only the Windows version supports that functionality leaving Mac users with no workaround. I was just curious if you had any understanding of the authentication mechanism used by the Windows Mobile Connect application - it would be great to be able to figure out a workaround for that issue as well.



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