Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ in Linux

Connecting Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ in Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10

Posted on: November 20, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10

Ubuntu 9.10

If you have upgraded to (or had a fresh install) of Ubuntu 9.10 you would definitely have encountered many problems and bugs . My advice would be to connect to the internet and perform a full update as soon as you can .

If you are a mobile broadband user , connecting to the internet in itself would be a major problem . The revamped network manager in 9.10 is exceptionally buggy and i have read of a lot of complaints from users (across the world) of having had problems with using mobile broadband .Native support is in-built for almost all mobile broadband ISPs (of India) theoretically and yet practically a lot of them dont work .


Network manager will detect your modem correctly but will refuse to connect to the internet .


A bug report was filed by a Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ user . An update may have been released  by the developers  as many users have reported that the Network manager started connecting to the internet successfully after an update .

So update your karmic Koala using another connection .

Workaround: (Use Wvdial)

If you like me dont have another connection , boot up windows and download the wvdial software for karmic koala install it in ubuntu and use it to connect to the internet and update your system .


1. Download the following files (in windows or any other machine) and install them in ubuntu

If you have an intel processor select the i386 links and in the next page select an Asian server .


2. next download and install wvdial in your Ubuntu


wvdial is installed in your Ubuntu machine !

3. Now follow this guide to setup your connection using wvdial in ubuntu

PS : I am guessing people using the newer Huawei EC1260 modem may have more problems with the network manager .


7 Responses to "Connecting Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ in Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10"

Issue still there, I have updated to latest and no luck.
also i tried using latest builds of Network Manager but same issue.
though I can use wvdial or gnome-ppp many programs depend on network manager for connectivity like emapathy, pidgin, so on.
for pidgin as a workaround with wvdial or gnome-ppp connection you need to disable accounts everytime and start again by enabling it.

Thanks for the Pidgin tip .

After an update Network manager started working for me ! have to try a few more times to see if its just a temporary phenomenon .

By the way are you using the newer Huawei EC1260 modem ?

Its really strange how it works for some people and for others it wont .

Update :
Nope it did nt hold up . After a few uses the bug resurfaced . The problem has not been fixed yet 😦

does this works with huawei c5005?
i need help
i downlaod all these files and yet I am unable

It should , with minor changes in the configurations . Having never used it though , i do not really know what those changes are .

It is February 2010. I wasn’t much aware of the bug with NM on Karmic. However, as a typical user of Internet, I was trying to connect to IM services. Ooops, no luck. Pdgin went into an infinite loop. Googling on the issue, I realised that for some reason, Pdgin relies on Network Manager.

Aha! Now I started looking for network manager. How was I connecting my wireless modem? Simple … wvdial. A good friend of mine from UK had instructed me before hand so when I installed Ubuntu 9.10, first thing I did was to get wvdial. So I really never used NM.

Looking at the prbolem, I still can’t get Pidgin to connect. Erratically it connects. Still researching on the why and how about this problem. Interesting even Empathy doesn’t work. Bottom line the issue is with NM. It simply does not take into account the ineternet/network connections through dial up or other devices besides ethernet. No USB devices are accepted for NM connection. It’s been long and yet no fix available.

Many bug reports were filed after a lot of complaints . But seems like the devs dont seem to have worked on it yet . Interestingly the NM is Jaunty Jackalope is better than the one in Karmic Koala ! . It worked well with EVDO modems . seems like they tried too much and messed it up in Karmic . Hope they fix this issue in Lucid though .

any way of making the ZTE linux driver working w/ a 64 bit ubuntu install?

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