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Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
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I've recently taken a development job in Uganda that will require a lot of data collection in the field.  Having done mindless data-entry before and not wanting to repeat the experience (and to the…Continue

Tags: Huawei, OSX, Mac

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sandra Surya Jul 29, 2013.

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Sandra Surya replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Hello Laura thanks for that. I have created a new thread because no matter what I did the problem persists here's the link to the new post http://frontlinesms.ning.com/forum/topics/problems-connecting-to-gsm-modem"
Jul 29, 2013
Laura Walker Hudson replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Hi Sandra You are probably using a different version to the one discussed above - have you tried all the tips in the Troubleshooting Guide? If so, we can take a look and see what's going on but the advice above may not work for version 2 of…"
Jul 8, 2013
Sandra Surya replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"hi Axel thanks for your prompt response. With your guide, I managed to open the /var and show all hidden files, but there is no /lock folder inside the /var. I provide some screenshot if you could help to take a look. Thanks again!"
Jul 5, 2013
Axel Minet replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Hi Sandra, the /var directory (as well as a whole bunch of others) is hidden in OSX by default. You can get to it by opening Finder, selecting "Go to Folder" in the "Go" menu and typing "/var". If you can't find…"
Jul 5, 2013
Sandra Surya replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Hello, I have the same problem as Stuart and I am trying to go into the /var/ directory. I am not a computer expert and i cant find this directory... how do I get into the directory in the first place and make the changes as mentioned? Your help is…"
Jul 5, 2013
Cody Skinner replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Thanks Stuart, this was the answer I was looking for."
Jun 27, 2013
Florence Scialom replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Hi Axel,  Thanks for letting us know that this worked for you - that's great news. We are currently finalising a selection of Frequently Asked Questions from the forum to help FrontlineSMS users, and this is a helpful tip to include in…"
Jan 9, 2012
ssembajjwe geoffrey replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Thanks for this.I thinki should as well try out this with MAc Osx. Thaks again."
Jan 8, 2012
Stuart Shirrell replied to Dale Zak's discussion Setup of Frontline project on OSX Snow Leopard
"I know your post is 18+ months old, but I've been working on getting FLSMS set up on my Snow Leopard Mac, too.  I ran into the same permissions problem you did.   A thought I did have was that you might change the permissions on…"
Jan 7, 2012
Stuart Shirrell replied to Adam White's discussion Phones and Modems for FrontlineSMS
"OS:  Mac OS X v.10.6.8 Modem:  Huawei E173 unlocked SIM Card:  AT&T (US) FLSMS Version: 1.6.16.3   Note that this is with the caveat that I had to do some sysadmin to get FLSMS to connect to my modem.  See my post here."
Jan 7, 2012
Axel Minet replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Hi Stuart / Flo, I'd just like to thank you for this workaround and confirm it worked perfectly for my setup (Huawei E173 / OSX 10.6.8) as well! Would it be worth adding this to the manual and/or this (fairly old, but featured) thread?…"
Jan 6, 2012
Florence Scialom replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Hi Stuart, Thanks so much for the update, and for sharing this work around with the community here - its great to hear that you are now up and running! It can be a little more tricky for users to get started using FrontlineSMS on a Mac OS, but there…"
Jan 5, 2012
Stuart Shirrell replied to Stuart Shirrell's discussion Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem
"Edit:  I have gotten this to work.  After doing some digging for PortInUseException Exceptions for Mac OSX, I came across this Arduino forum The post itself isn't very good, but it appears that there is a problem with permissions…"
Jan 5, 2012
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Problems with Mac distribution and Huawei E173 modem

I've recently taken a development job in Uganda that will require a lot of data collection in the field.  Having done mindless data-entry before and not wanting to repeat the experience (and to the excitement of my new bosses), I proposed using SMS technology to do the bulk of our data entry.  I downloaded frontlineSMS and bought an unlocked Huawei E173 modem.There are several problems when I try to launch FrontlineSMS with the modem plugged in.  When FrontlineSMS automatically tries to detect…See More
Jan 5, 2012
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I recently joined a small development organization. Part of my job is data collection, and I'd like to more or less automate the process. FrontlineSMS + cell phones in the field (where there's good cell tower coverage, anyway) seems like a good way to automate the data entry process, particularly with the ability to pass data to a command-line script. I also plan on using FrontlineSMS's ability to process commands via text message to provide me with updates on project progress from the field by passing my data requests to the command line and then onto my data analysis software.
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I'm a young development practitioner doing M&E for public health organizations in eastern Africa.

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