Huawei E122 with OpenWRT

I was exploring a low-cost method to get mobile broadband in the car. The Huawei E122 was the cheapest 3G dongle on ebay – only USD19.99. I bought it, along with the TP-Link TL-WR703N, a compact, USB-powered router that supports 3G dongles. The E122 isn’t listed as a supported 3G modem, and it indeed isn’t supported.

My next step was to flash OpenWRT on it. To my surprise, it didn’t work either. I Googled and tried several things, but nothing worked until I tried the commands I found in an over three-year-old thread on Ubuntu Forums. The very last post by the thread starter himself, mvip, posts a wvdial config file that he says he managed to get working for his E122. I simply translated it into a chatscript (used by OpenWRT). And…

It worked!

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Now I have Wi-Fi in my car, cobbled together for under USD50.

My chatscript for the E122:

ABORT BUSY
ABORT 'NO CARRIER'
ABORT ERROR
REPORT CONNECT
TIMEOUT 10
"" "ATE0"
OK "ATZ E0 V1"
OK "AT+CFUN=1"
OK 'AT+CSCS="UCS2"'
OK "AT+CREG=2"
OK "AT+CGREG=2"
OK "AT+COPS=3,2;+COPS?"
OK 'AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","$USE_APN"'
SAY "Calling UMTS/GPRS"
TIMEOUT 30
OK "ATDT*99***1#"
CONNECT ' '

 

One thought on “Huawei E122 with OpenWRT”

  1. Maybe on September 2014 was harder to find a 3G USB-powered router, but… congratulations! You always get what you want!!! 😉

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