In previouse version of OS X like Mavericks, Mountain Lion and so on, it was just okay. But since Mac OS X Yosemite till now OS Sierra I have the same issue with my old 3G Modem.
There is two problem I have deal with,
The modem softwares was having no trouble at all when I install it, but when I click to run the program the apps won’t show up and just jumping around like crazy.
The second problem was the modem software apps can’t be install at all and showing an error massages bra black bla you know!.
Okay! This is what I did to fix and deal with this issue. We have two issue here but we also have two method to resolve the issues, so lets resolving the problem!
Fix the first problem
We start with the first trouble, the apps jumping around like crazy.
Go navigate your pointer to click Apple logos in left top os your Mac screen and then click on Preferences to open System Preferences.
Click on your Mobile modem, at Telephone Number box fill it with *99# and hit Apply.
Continue with clicking the Advanced button at bottom-right to open Network Advanced setting.
On the Modem tab in Vendor box let it stay in Generic by default.
In Model column click and choose GPRS (GSM/3G)
Fill APN column with internet just like in picture below.
When done go back to main Network setting window then gently try to connect to internet by clicking the Connect button.
Open your favorite browser and test it with open some website pages.
If your browser can open those pages then you’ve succeed.
If you still can’t connect to internet, don’t worry we still have a plan B.
One more time go back to System Preferences > Network and click the drop down menu for Location setting see picture below.
The default Location setting is Automatic so we have to change it by choose the Edit Location. New window will pop up, click the (+) button to add a new Location and give it name same as your Modem apps name.
For example in my case my Modem Apps name was Chiavetta Internet MT191UP
After name the location same as your modem apps than click Done and don’t forget to hit Apply to save the change you’ve made.
Fix the second problem
The second problem was the modem apps can’t be installed at all! So this is how to deal with it.
On the Apps installer (mpkg file) rather double click to open it use mouse right click and select Show Package Content > content > Packages then now you can double click to install drv.pkg and app.pkg the other packages can be optional.
Usually the software will ask to restart computer so restart the computer.
After restart and log on back to your Mac and try to open the apps in Application folder. The Modem Apps software should working now! but in some case the app can be open so just used the first Fix problem method.
Just closing words
I know using the Mobile GPRS Modem without the App software GUI (Graphical user Interface) is really painful, and yeah you will not be able to receive any text services, but at least you can connect your Mac to internet.
Sometime we have to use Mobile GPRS Modem when we live in place that have no wifi HOT Spot, or maybe worst we live in Hotspot areas but no one share their password. 😂
Since Mac OS X Yosemite till now Mac OS Sierra I using this method to fix the Old and cheap 3G Mobile modem. For people who use the newest Mobile modem that support latest version of Mac OS (X) may will not face this issue, but if you are like me who still keep the old stuff then you must be having the same ‘trouble’ as I do.
Anyway! take it just for fun educational, and i hope you found this post useful and can help you out. Have a try and good luck !
Note: This post originally written in Indonesian languages update to English in 16 Frebuary 2017
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