Following on from my previous post, there is one more step that will make the 3 Mifi easier to manage and that is to update the firmware. Updating the firmware reveals the web interface that will allow you to change settings on the unit without needing to physically connect it to a PC or a Mac running Windows.
However, to perform the firmware update you do need to have it plugged into a Windows PC or a Mac running VMware Fusion. If you followed my last post to unlock the Mifi then you can use the same environment to update the firmware.
I found 3 different locations and 3 different versions of the firmware update for the Huawei E5830 and each one had it's own set of useful additions however, out of the 3 only one allowed for the update of the APN settings via the web interface and this is important, especially for Mac/iPhone/iPod/iPad users.
I found this website to have the most up to date and useful information regarding the E5830 http://blog.brightpointuk.co.uk/.
Here are the steps to updating the firmware:
On your PC or Mac running Windows in VMware Fusion go to the following web page:
Click on the FTP link and download the firmware file. It is a .exe file.
Make sure your E5830 is connect via USB and is turned on. Also make sure that neither the 3 Wifi Manger nor the DC-Unlocker programs are running as they will grab the connection and will prevent the firmware updating program from seeing the Mifi unit.
Now run the .exe file you downloaded. Don't worry, the firmware will not be updated yet, the program can also tell you the current firmware version and the status.
Accept the agreement and click Next:
Rather than go through all of the steps here, here is a link to a PDF document that gives you a step by step guide to updating the firmware. Just ignore Step 5, is is a mistranslation, do not remove the battery.
After a few minutes your 3 Mifi will have it's new firmware. I did notice that the firmware version number reported by the tool does not change, this is misleading, it is updated and you can see evidence of this by going the the web interface as follows.
Disconnect the Midi from the USB and if it isn't already, power it on.
Press the Wifi button for 2 seconds and wait for the blue W to light up.
You should now be able to connect to it via Wifi.
On the Mac open System Preferences.
Under Internet and Wireless click Network.
Select AirPort and click Network Name to see a list of available wireless networks. Unless you have changed the SSID, you should see the Mifi listed as 3Wireless-Modem-xxxx where xxx is a unique number assigned to your Mifi.
Select it and fill in the password which, unless you changed it, will be written on a label found under the battery inside the Mifi.
Now that you are connected, open a web browser and go to http://192.168.1.1
Advanced Settings -> System -> Modify Password
Advanced Settings -> Dial-up Settings -> Profile Settings
This is where you will enter the APN information that is required by most carriers (see theAPN List).
To create a new APN enter an Profile Name, Dial Number, Username, Password and APN. (Note: not all of the fields need to have data, check the APN list for details)
This is what I entered for Swisscom:
Profile Name: Swisscom
Dial-up Number: *99#
Password: leave empty
Once you have entered the details click the Save button.
Now go to Advanced Settings -> Dial-up Settings -> Connection Settings
Other settings of interest:
Advanced Settings -> WLAN Settings -> WLAN Basic Settings
Advanced Settings -> WLAN Settings -> WLAN Advanced Settings
Hopefully you have found both of these posts useful. Let me know how you get on. If you have any questions I will do my best to field them for you.