Resolved Proplem with MacBook Pro and ZTE MF112 USB Modem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Myrm, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Myrm, Apr 8, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2011

    Myrm macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2011

    Forgive me if this has been discussed before.

    I have a MacBook Pro labtop (Feb 11 model) running Snow Leopard 10.6.7

    I cannot get my ZTE MF112 USB Mobile Broadband modem dongle stick (on the 3 UK network) to work with my labtop. The labtop is not recognising the modem as a modem but only as a disk drive. When I try to install the software from the modem it starts to install but then stops because it cannot detect the USB modem.

    Oddly enough the labtop recognises my other USB dongle modem which is a K3760 (with Vodafone UK).

    Any advice would be welcome.

    Thank you.
  2. kirkers macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2011
    Belfast, UK

    I had a similar problem with my new 2011 MBP but found this easy workaround in another forum;

    i) Download the updated MF112 drivers from Vodafone here:
    ii) Once you install these your modem is added to your Network Services in System Prefs > Network
    iii) If you then connect your dongle and run the "3 connect setup" software it should now be recognised and finish configuration
    iv) The Vodafone software files can then be deleted from the Applications folder (do not "uninstall" or you will lose the new drivers too)

    (Note: The Vodafone software places an antenna icon in the menu bar. If you wish to remove this, simply change the setting in Vodafone software preferences, BEFORE you delete the software)

    Has been working 100% with no issues after this. Good Luck :)
    MBP13 i5 2.3 (10.6.7)
  3. Myrm thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2011

    If you were here in my room right now, I would hug you. :D

    When I read your instructions I thought it would never work, but I tried it anyway, and it worked!!!! :eek:

    Thank you vary much, Kirkers. You're my new best friend!!! (((HUG))) :D:p
  4. njek macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2011
    Bristol, UK
  5. Papa Goose macrumors newbie

    Papa Goose

    Apr 10, 2011
    That sounds peachy, and it did work but sets it up as Swisscom as I'm in Switzerland, just now. It's set on my wife's windows lappie and when activated goes to the 3 screen, but it's a new install on my MacBook and as I'm doing it in CH does not give 3 as a network provider. It also put a bunch of things in Network, will that be an issue, as really the 3 thing will only be an occassional thing for me when I'm back in Blighty.

    I'm still getting to grips with my Mac stuff, so be gentle with an replies;)
  6. Manodh macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2011
    Hello Kirkers, Sorry to sound like an idiot...

    ... but I tried downloading the software on the first page of the Vodaphone website as in your message, and still the same problem. MF112 still not found.

    1)I downloaded the link at the bottom "Vodafone Mobile Broadband Software for Mac v4.05.01.00".

    2)installed Vodaphone software on it. (did NOT uninstall or remove any files afterward)

    3)Installed "3 Connect" - which was OK

    4) Set up assistant is still UNABLE TO FIND DEVICE.

    Please help if you can.

    BTW: the reason 3 drivers don't work is because the drivers are using old power PC software and needs Rosetta - according to 3 Tech Support. I was asked to install Rosetta and then install the ZTE driver. Still no luck.

    Thanks a lot


  7. Myrm thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2011
    It's good to know that 3UK are aware of the proplem and, hopefully, will produce a driver update for us to download. Though when I spoke to them last week about it they denied that there are any incompatibility proplems between the ZTE MF112 and Snow Leopard.

    I can't understand why you are still having the proplem despite installing the VF drivers. :(
  8. kirkers macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2011
    Belfast, UK
    Hi Manodh,

    Very strange that you are still having problems even with the new drivers :( this has worked great and without fuss for a number of guys with 2011 MBPs.

    This may sound silly or obvious but have you tried the dongle in both USB ports? If not try this first.

    The only difference in the steps I took was that I installed "3 Connect" first, tried to run "3 Connect Setup" and when it didn't recognise the dongle, I then installed the Vodafone software on top. I note you did it the other way around. Possibly doing it Vodafone first is causing another conflict.

    It looks as though the glich with the 3 driver is remedied when it is overwritten by the updated Vodafone driver (although the other elements of the 3 software are left intact).

    Oh and I also disconnected the dongle before installing the Vodafone software.

    I suggest that you uninstall both the 3 and Vodafone software/drivers and start again from scratch with the 3 installation first.
    Try this and if it still doesn't work, come back as there is another little trick to get you online as long as the dongle is showing in your Network prefs list.

    Good luck :)
    MBP13 i5 2.3 (10.6.7)
  9. MalcMac macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011
    ZF112 still a problem

    I had exactly this prob with a ZF112 3 dongle and a new macbook pro. Very frustrating. 3 were of little help. Thought this patch would crack it and installed the Vodaphone software. However, when this is done, I am unable to install the 3 connect software. The "disk" icon flashes briefly and then disappears - never more to be seen or found again! Of course, the vodaphone software doesn;t see the donlge either (although the drivers do appear in the network config settings!) HELP!!!

  10. kirkers macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2011
    Belfast, UK
    Hi MalcMac,

    You mention your dongle is ZF112 but the above workaround is for the MF112. If this is not a typo I'm not sure if the new drivers will help, otherwise;

    Yeah you need to install the 3 software first. The quick disc icon flash/disappearance happens after the OS realises it is actually a modem.

    I assume you installed the 3 software at some point and then removed it? Is the 3 folder still in your Trash? If so, restore it to the applications folder and run "3 Connect Setup".

    If not you can go one of two ways here;

    1. Uninstall all of the dongle software/drivers and start from scratch (probably best) OR

    2. Not ideal, but if the dongle (ZTEUSBModem) is recognised in your network system prefs, simply enter the telephone number as *99# and click connect. That should at least get you online but you will not have the "3 Connect" functionality (although the OSX version is fairly basic anyway).
    MBP13 i5 2.3 (10.6.7)
  11. Manodh macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2011
    3 connection problem half resolved - ZTE configuration error

    Hello Kirkers,

    Thanks for the advice and sorry for the delay in replying.

    I did try as you suggested, >> First Installed 3 connect >> then installed Vodaphone software.

    Afterwards the ZTE Modem was recognised by the 3 setup assistant.
    However, at the configuration stage, I get an internal error message from the 3 setup assistant - ERROR 5364.


    PS: I can try custom settings, but have no idea what details I should use for 3 IP address and other network settings.

    Thanks and regards,

  12. HDPMS macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    3 Support spot on

    After faffing about with the Vodafone thing and various internet forums, I rang Three. They told me to go to which redirects to which basically is about "I'm using Mac OS X 10.7, do I need to update my software?" and contains links to download drivers for Huawei and ZTE modems. Downloaded and worked first time. Fabulous.

    So for OS X Lion working with Three ZTE Mobile Broadband dongles check it out.

    Well done Three.
  13. flummper macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    I couldn't quite work out what to do to get my new mac to see my MF112 so I rang three yesterday. Just to make things clear. Three will direct you to the ZTE MF627 drivers. Apparently they work ok for the MF112 dongle too.

  14. Kimla10 macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2012
    3 Dongle w OS 10.7

    For anyone with Macbook pro w 3 UK dongle issues: i went on a forum and clicked on a zip file for huawai it downloaded a sotware called Mobile Partner. i downloaded this Mobile Partner, it found 3 UK and i clicked Connect, then went on Safari and i can't believe it but i am on net now!!!
    3 UK Mac customers, that is essential:


    Kim Johnson :)
  15. simmo70 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2012

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