Like Blackberry devices, USB broadband and modems too require upgrade firmware. By default, all modem versions and models from the different manufactures like Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel 4g and others are compatible with any supported upgrades, which means that for those who want to do upgrades, they can easily do that, although done at an owners risk.
Having your device’s firmware and dashboard upgraded to the latest version gives one access to a faster connection connections, access to new features and etc. For example, I upgraded my Huawei E220 USB dongle and saw connection speeds change from 4.6Mbps to 7.2Mbps on 3g.
Modem and broadband firmware download sites
In simple terms, firmware can be referred to as a combination of program code and a persistent memory and the data stored in it where by in most cases, such a software is programmed as read only. Firmware is written on the device’s nonvolatile memory. In order to upgrade firmware for your modem whether on a Mac, Linux or Windows OS, follow instructions below.
Instructions to upgrade firmware for USB broadband & Modems
- Find your device model and brand eg, Huawei, ZTE, Novatel, Option, Sierra, Zoom and or simply use the Generic version if you are not so sure of your modem brand.
- Note your operating system for example Linux, Mac or Windows.
- Download the appropriate upgrade firmware depending on manufacture
- Save upgrade file on computer
- Connect the modem you want to upgrade its firmware
- Extract the downloaded files from the zipped folder.
- Click open on the Firmware software
- Accept agreement and follow prompts.
- The software will attempt to locate a matching modem and once found, you will continue by pressing on the same option.
- Wait for the modem to download programs until the process is completed.
Your 3g/4g modem will be successfully upgraded to the newer version of firmware or dashboard and you will be done.