Sierra Wireless USB 598 (Telus), Ubuntu 9.04, and Dell Inspiron Mini 10

The Sierra Wireless USB 598 currently offered through Telus *almost* works on Ubuntu 9.04 out of the box. A Windows or Mac box is needed to install the "Watcher" program that allows for the automatic online configuration of the Sierra Wireless USB 598. Aside from the requirement of Windows/Mac the card was immediately picked up and ready to go.

After unsuccessfully trying to get the Sierra Wireless USB 598 running on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) and the default Dell-branded Ubuntu 8.04 supplied on the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 I found success with Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Netbook Remix.

Here is one interesting fact:

The wireless network is firewalled from external connections. This means no outside SSH connections from external IP addresses. Check out the nmap:

nmap -PN

Starting Nmap 4.53 ( ) at 2009-08-27 13:57 PDT
All 1714 scanned ports on ( are filtered

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 345.460 seconds


Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
Ubuntu Netbook Remix
HOWTO: Sierra Wireless USB 598


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I also would love help in making the telus e182 work

whatever information you provide would be fantastic. The store registered the stick, and, it works in windows, but even when my setup says its connected it doesn't send or receive anything.

Telus Huawei E182 Issue

Have you tried used Ubuntu 10.04? According to the Ubuntu bug-tracker ticket #513039: huawei e182e usb-modem not working the issue was resolved for 10.04.

Also take note of comment #10. StefanHuszics proposes the following fix:

I got the HUAWEI E182E to work on two laptops with the following procedure.

1) gksu gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/15-huawei-e182e.rules

2) Paste and save the following

RUN+=”/lib/udev/modem-modeswitch -v 0x12d1 -p 0×1446 -t option-zerocd”

3) Restart computer (or at least udev)

After this it still didnt work, so I tried to also

4) sudo apt-get install usb-modeswitch

and after next insert of the modem it was found and all I had to do was to add a new mobile broadband internet connection for HUAWEI in the connection manage and it worked just fine. Of course I don't know if step 1-3 is actually necessary or not, but I thought I better write too much info than too little. :)

Interestingly enough, the memorystick part of the modem is still visible and reachable/browsable as a CD, but it properly switches from :1446 to :14ac and works just fine as a modem as well at the same time. Maybe this has to do with the presence of the micro sd slot on the modem.

ppp scripts for Huawei Telus applications


I am trying to get a Huawei E182E on the Telus network working with a small Fedora 12 server with the latest updates and kernel I can plug it into Windows 7 laptop and it works fine.

The error "kernel: option: option_instat_callback: error -71" shows up in the log every second and connecting to the device via minicom is very unreliable.

Could you please post the /etc/ppp scripts that you got to work on Telus?


Steven Henke

re: ppp scripts for Huawei Telus applications

Hi Steven,

Check out the section "Sierra Wireless USB 306" in my Telus, Ubuntu, and USB Cellular Modems howto. Note that I had the sames issues with the Huawei E182E.

It may be something simple where the name servers are not being populated. Note that I did not update the /etc/ppp scripts in order to solve my connection problem.

After you plug in the USB wireless device check you /etc/resolv.conf file. If you have no internet and there are no hosts in resolv.conf then the issue may be fixed by adding some domain name servers. I use Google's DNS servers: and

Hope this helps.



Don't necessarily trust nmap

Don't necessarily trust nmap -- Telus routers are smart and notice port scanning, then disable traffic. You should have been able to hit the first 10-20 ports without challenge, but it depends on whether you were sequential and how fast you were scanning.

re: Don't necessarily trust nmap

I can't access any ports on computers running with the cellular modems from Telus. It appears that the network is firewalled.

Port 22 was open on the

Port 22 was open on the laptop and was unaccessible from remote locations. I will try a higher port and see if I can connect.

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