• I'm trying to use usb_modeswitch to get my Huawei E3372 4G USB Modem to connect with the Internet and am following some Linux guide

    I realise that the guide is for Linux and Raspberry Pi, but assume the principles should be similar and if I can get it working in that environment, a similar procedure should work on a laptop running FreeBSD…

    One query I have is about the usb_modeswitch database /usr/local/share/usb_modeswitch... Is this a universal database where entries for vendor/product would be the same irrespective of OS? And if an entry is missing could I copy it from one system to another?

    One strange thing I found was that on Linux lsusb showed the vendor/product as


    but on FreeBSD it was


    not sure how it could be different.... Aren't these values embedded in the device somewhere?

    FreeBSD does contain the file

    The contents of which are

    # Huawei E352 (T-Mobile NL), E173s (Variant)

    I notice that I do have a

    the contents of which are

    # Configuration for the usb_modeswitch package, a mode switching tool for
    # USB devices providing multiple states or modes
    # Evaluated by the wrapper script /usr/sbin/usb_modeswitch_dispatcher
    # To enable an option, set it to "1", "yes" or "true" (case doesn't matter)
    # Everything else counts as "disable"
    # Disable automatic mode switching globally (e.g. to access the original
    # install storage)
    # Disable check for MBIM module presence and configuration globally (to aid
    # special embedded environments). Available as per-device parameter
    # 'NoMBIMCheck'
    # Enable logging (results in a extensive report file in /var/log, named
    # "usb_modeswitch_<interface-name>" and probably others
    # Optional increase of "delay_use" for the usb-storage driver; there are hints
    # that a recent kernel default change to 1 sec. may lead to problems, particu-
    # larly with USB 3.0 ports. Set this to at least 3 (seconds) in that case.
    # Does nothing if the current system value is same or higher
    # If the configuration for your Huawei modem uses the standard switching method,
    # you can globally set an alternative method here which provides a different mode:
    # either plain serial PPP (for older modems) or NCM which integrates nicely
    # with recent Linux distributions, possibly avoiding configuration through a
    # modem built-in web page. All other modems are not affected.
    # Available as per-device parameter 'AltHuaweiMode'

    I have no idea what the source of this file is and whether I should append something to it based on my USB vendor/product.

    Can anyone advise?

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