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Need to get 3G/4G Clear usb modem in 4G mode in Ubuntu

Posted on 2010-11-26
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I just got a 3G/4G usb modem for my netbook running Ubuntu 10.10. It has come up in 3G mode which I am writing this thread from just fine. I would like to know how to get it over to 4G mode however. The modem has two lights that show if it's in either 3G or 4G mode.
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by:Kerem ERSOY
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Hi,

Since there are no available 4G networks around the globe there's no use to get te in the 4G mode. You'll go on using it 3G Mode.

4G is still on its infancy period and not even an accepted standard as of now 4G will be able to deliver  Gbps speed when available which is still a dream.

Cheers,
K.
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by:Thaidog
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Well when I bought the usb they had it in "4G" mode on a win 7a laptop. I am really interested in getting the device to work in that mode on Ubuntu.
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by:Kerem ERSOY
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Clear USB modem is a Wimax Modem and it has no settings. The ubuntu would detect ti as a simply mode (wint intel i2400 chip) and the rest is the negotiation between your modem and your provider.

There is no way to set in 3G or 4G mode. It will pick up the available signal according to the coverage and your contract.

Cheers,
K.
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by:Thaidog
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There was a widget in win 7 they used to switch to 4G. Are you sure about that?
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by:Kerem ERSOY
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http://3gstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=349&products_id=2264

Please check it says "Automatically switches from 4G to 3G for expanded coverage". The widget should be downgrading the 4G (WiMAX) to 3G not the other way round.
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by:Thaidog
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Well I booted in to windows on the same netbook and installed the win 7 client and it came up and switched to 4G - which is a lot faster. I then rebooted in to linux and it stayed 4G. But I do not want oto do this if it reverts back where there is bad coverage. So back to my original question... how can I get it to switch? There should be something I could echo to proc to do it I would imagine.
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It should switch to 4G automatically and then revert back to 3G if there is no 4G reception and must go back to 4G when 4G (WiMAX) is avaliable. You should not need an extra widget to do that.

Apart from that UBUNTU detects you modem as a general Modem and there's no specific setting in UBUNTU that you can select to switch back and forth between 3G and 4G. Until the Clear has a special Linux driver it is all you've got.
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FYI the speed on win 7 is faster than ubuntu:

http://www.tyler.mcadams.com/speedtext4g_win7_2.png

It is way under 1.5mbs on ubuntu... so must be a driver issue. That is not bad speed on win 7 for a usb modem though!
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