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Tata Photon Plus – Huawei EC156 Modem in Ubuntu, Fedora

I came across a problem when to connect a Tata photon plus (Huawei EC156) Modem in Ubuntu. You can use the same method in fedora. By default it is not  recognizing in ubuntu. When I plugged in the blue light starts blinking but not taken by the default network manager . On ubuntu forum I found a solution. It works great.

First make sure the following packages are installed in your Ubuntu. In most cases it is default.
* usb-modeswitch-data
* usb-modeswitch

Unplug all other USB devices from the system. Connect the tata photon plus (Huawei EC156) and see whether it is detected automatically in the network manager. In most cases it is not.Open the terminal and just fire an lsusb. You will get a Huawei EC 156 connected to your usb.

ON Terminal

sudo gedit /etc/usb_modeswitch.d/12d1:1505
copy and paste the following code in that.
DefaultVendor= 0x12d1

Save and close the gedit. Then type
cd /etc/usb_modeswitch.d
sudo usb_modeswitch -I -W -c 12d1:1505

You will get the output as

Reading config file: 12d1:1505USB description data (for identification)
Product: HUAWEI Mobile
Serial No.: ???????????????????

Now your Modem detected by the system. Type in the terminal


Create a new mobile broadband connection . Select Tata Photon Plus.

Connection NO : #777

Username : internet

password: internet

Create connection and save.

Select the connection from Network Manager dropdown.

It will be connected automatically.

In My case the range of the device is not showing. Except that everything working perfect
Script to run the modeswitch command in boot
1.Open the gedit
2.Type the two commands which you want to run in two separate lines.
3.save the file with the extension .sh on the disk where ever you want and make this file as executable in the properties
4.Then right click on the desktop
5 Create launcher
6.Set type as Run in terminal
7.Give your desired name
8.Give the path of file with the extension .sh in the command box
9.Hit ok

Open the launcher…..
enter the password if required

You can change your icon in the properties of the new launcher file

Connect your device when ever required and click the new icon on the desktop
Hit the password…..


4 thoughts on “Tata Photon Plus – Huawei EC156 Modem in Ubuntu, Fedora”

  1.  No need to run a script everytime. In usb-modeswitch every entry in /etc/usb_modeswitch.d/ directory has a corresponding entry in the udev config file /lib/udev/rules.d/40-usb_modeswitch.rulesThe file can be edited to add the rule for 12d1:1505, the switching will now be doneautomatically

  2. Hi, I am facing problem when I am executing this code sudo usb_modeswitch -I -W -c 12d1:1505 the desired result as mentioned is not displayed,instead device not detected.

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