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Ubuntu 12.04 - Configuration of Tata Photon +

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Tata Photon Plus

This article will explain how to fully setup and configure a CDMA USB key Huwei EC156 provided with a Tata Photon + subscription on a Ubuntu 12.04 laptop.

Just imagine : You are staying or travelling in India, you are checking your mails or surfing the web while in a taxi, in the train or waiting in an airport ... That is nowadays quite easy, you just need a nation wide wireless internet access.

Tata Photon + is there to suit your needs. For a reasonible amount (around 1500 INR, equivalent to 20 €) you can get a Huwei EC156 USB key and a 3 Gb limit, valid for one month.

The Huwei EC156 chipset embedded with the key is recognised by Ubuntu 12.04 but you need to declare a specific APN.

This article will explain the very simple steps to get a fully working CDMA connexion with a Huwei EC156 Tata Photon + USB key under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

This article has been done on a Ubuntu Precise 12.04 LTS.
It should work on any newer release ...

1. Check your key

To be sure that you are using a Huwei EC156 USB Key, you just need to remove the Photon + cover and to check the technical sticker.

You should get something like this.

 tata-photon-plus-ec156

2. Configuration

You now need to create a broadband network connexion.

So, start the Network Connections manager and click on the Mobile Broadband tab.

 wideband connexion

Click on the Add button and follow these steps :

  1. Select Next
  2. Choose India
  3. Choose Tata Indicom (Photon+)
  4. Select Apply

Then, you need to setup the basic parameters :

  • phone number
  • username
  • password

Set these parameters as follow (it's in french, sorry) :

 Parameters

Save the parameters by clicking on Apply.

3. Connect the key !

You can now connect your Tata Photon + key to your laptop.

Everything should be handled automatically.

After few seconds ... you should be connected on the Internet thru the CDMA network from almost any connected city in India !

Hope it helps.

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