Reliance Broadband+ and Tata Photon+ on Mac OS X via ZTE modem – It works!
Working from a cafe´might sound to be interesting, but only when you have a seamless connectivity. Yes, I have a fetish for cafe´s with free WiFi. 😀
However, that’s not always possible. In the past several years, I have tried using Reliance NetConnect+ and Tata Photon+ on my windows machine. Both worked pretty decent – depending on areas where I used them. For those who keep asking me which is a better connection, none of them is an excellent service to trust, when it comes to mobility. To each, his own.
That was on Microsoft Windows. However, more than an year ago I switched to mac and realized that these services aren’t great when it comes to support drivers for the devices on mac. I did manage to get drivers from somewhere on the internet, but always had issues with speeds and connectivity.
Recently, I upgraded my Macbook to Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 and realized that the ZTE modem for Reliance Broadband+ doesn’t work on it, anymore. I spent an entire night looking for a work-around along with a dear friend in Bombay. I failed!
Today, I went on and discovered the problem and hence the solution for everyone who has the latest version of Mac OS and a ZTE modem. Note that this driver update would possibly work with any service provider – Reliance & Tata, for example.
The problem was the lack of compatibility with the existing drivers to support a 64 bit machine upgraded to Mac Lion OS X on a ZTE modem. Either it would fail to detect or force eject it the moment one would fire the dialer app.
The Reliance support page has a link to download the ZTE driver, but it doesn’t work. The ZTE website is a difficult terrain to play in. However, I did manage to get a direct link to half a dozen driver files. After several rounds of installing and trying out the options, I could get one solution that works flawlessly. Sharing it with everyone else.
How do I install and use the ZTE modem?
- Uninstall all previous ZTE drivers on your mac.
- Make sure you’re device is unplugged from the machine.
- Download the updated driver (comes with a dialer) and install it afresh.
- Plug in your usb modem and fire the dialer app which shall now be on your desktop.
- Go to settings and enter your username and password (leave black for tata photon+ and enter the phone number for reliance as username & password)
- Connect and go!
Here’s what I saw after I got thru!
Life is much more easy!