I dont want to use O2 Connection Manager. I don't like its slow interface and I don't like the way it takes over my wifi either. It doesn't even work with my home SSID anyway and I suspect its because its hidden SSID, but thats another story. Is there a way to stop autorun on the Connection Manager installation or delete the files from the dongle? It looks like files are read-only and I don't want to turn off autorun globally on my laptop. Incidently, I have tried disabling autorun on the dongle properties but it comes back when you re-insert. Its an E169. cheers.
There isn't any way to remove these files from the dongle as far as I can tell.
@perksie: You don't have to cancel the set up dialog each time it appears... simply disable windows autoplay settings. I'm using Windows 7 so the process may be different if you're not using that OS - navigate to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\AutoPlay and change the setting for Software and Games to 'No Action'. That will disable the popup dialog.
I have also got this dongle working without having to install any additional software. Settings were: user name to 'o2web', password to 'password', APN to 'o2.mobile.co.uk', number to '*99#'. On Windows I additionally set the connection to use the E169 modem as by default Windows had chosen the standard modem., just click properties and change the active modem for the connection to the dongle. As far as I can see you do not have to disable the standard modem explicitly.
You may also want to try setting the user name to 'faster', keeping the other settings as above as this has also worked for me.
I have also had both these connection settings working on Linux Ubuntu 9.04 (kernel 16 and above) without any problems.
I also found the O2 connection manager horrible. After I uninstalled it, left behind was a Dial-up network connection called "Cellular Profile", with all the settings configured and ready to go. Just right-click and connect! So much better than the horrible connection manager.
I hate loathe and detest connection manager - far too slow for a laptop where speed should be everything. However, I have followed the rules here, but I just time out every time with error 777. It may be because the SIM is protected by a password. I am never prompted within xp to enter a SIM password so that presumably is why it times out. Anyone know a way of getting around this? (I want to keep the SIM password protected though). thanks rjstep3