How To Setup Mobile Broadband Like BSNL 3G USB DataCard On Ubuntu 11.10

Written by Chaks

Topics: Articles, How To, Ubuntu

This procedure also works for the other mobile broadband providers like Reliance, Tata Photon, MTNL, MTS MBlaze, Aircel, Airtel, Spice, Vodafone etc.,

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) has simplified the configuration of wireless and wired network connections with an easy to use network connection wizard. Though this article BSNL 3G USB Data Cardtalks about the procedure for BSNL data card, it can be used for any wireless data card. Mobile Broadband refers to any kind of high speed Internet connection which is provided by an external device such as a 3G USB stick or mobile phone with built-in HSDPA / UMTS / GPRS data connection. Some laptops have recently been produced with mobile broadband devices already inside them. Most mobile broadband devices should be recognized automatically when you connect them to your computer. Ubuntu will prompt you to configure the device.

The New Mobile Broadband Connection wizard will open automatically when you connect the new device.


Click Continue. In the next screen select your country where your Mobile Broadband device was issued.


Click Continue. In the next screen select your network provider.


Click Continue. In the next screen select your billing plan, this screen is to select your local network of your Internet Service Provider.


Click Continue.


Review your entries and click on Apply.

In the next screen give your connection a name and click Save.


Your connection is now ready to use. To connect, click the network menu in the top panel and select your new connection.

To disconnect, click the network menu in the top panel and click Disconnect.

Ubuntu NetWork Applet

If you are not prompted to configure the device when you connect it, it may still be recognised by Ubuntu. In such cases you can add the connection manually.


  1. Click the network menu in the top panel and select Edit Connections…
  2. Swith to the Mobile Broadband tab. (Refer the above screenshot)
  3. Click Add.
  4. This should open the New Mobile Broadband Connection wizard. Enter your details as described above.

22 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Nikhil says:

    I managed to do that but I not able to se the data usage.
    Do you know how to see that ?
    Or should I install any other application for it ?

  2. Chaks says:

    KNemo, NTM – Network Traffic Monitor, should do the job. I have not reviewed them yet, but will try to find some other apps and write a review after some time.

  3. shanmukha says:

    I am getting same deveice selection dropdown not comming in “new mobile broadband connection”

  4. Chaks says:

    The device selection dropdown would be disabled usually if there is no device found. if your device is not listed in the dropdown then you can manually add the connection using the networking applet and edit the settings with your provider’s APN and number. Look at the last half portion of the above article on editing the settings manually.

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  6. jamish says:

    Sir, I have Micormax BSNL 3G usb data card (MMX 310G ), As you say that the device will connect autometically when you connect the device but it’s not happend with me. The device does not show anywhere.
    So, please tell me what to do at this situation.

  7. sujit says:

    Sir, I have Micormax BSNL 3G usb data card (MMX 310G ), As you say that the device will connect autometically when you connect the device but it’s not happend with me. The device does not show anywhere.

  8. Chaks says:

    Hi Sujit, Try login as administrator and then insert the dongle into the usb drive. If this doesn’t help then follow the steps mentioned in the last paragraph of the above article. Infact the above procedure works for almost all wireless dongles.

  9. Dinesh says:

    Super. Thanks a lot.

  10. Rajat Pai says:

    I have Ubuntu 11.10 and have idea net setter Data card. When i plug it, ubuntu doesn’t recognize it. I tried the way you have described above, but it still didn’t worked. What to do?? :(

  11. Amit Narkar says:


    I have BSNL 3G datacard and cannot use it on my Ububntu 12.04. The Install button is not highlighted, and so I cannot install datacard! Any solution???

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