Known Working 3G-4G Modems

This page lists 3G and 4G modem devices which are known to work with pfSense 2.0

  • 4G Systems XS Stick P14
  • Alcatel Onetouch 4G L850V
  • Anydata ADU-635 WA
  • Verizon/Pantech UM175
  • Verizon/Pantech UML290 and UML295 (see here for UML290 config info)
  • Verizon USB727
  • HP hs2340 HSPA+ Mini Card AMO Ericsson
  • Huawei B970/B970B
  • Huawei E122
  • Huawei E153
  • Huawei E156G
  • Huawei E160
  • Huawei E161
  • Huawei E160E
  • Huawei E169
  • Huawei E172
  • Huawei E173
    • It has been reported that some E173 modems are shipping labeled as E173 but have a different chip that is not supported. See below.
  • Huawei E173U-1
  • Huawei E176
  • Huawei E180
  • Huawei E220
  • Huawei E226
  • Huawei E272
  • Huawei E352
  • Huawei E353U-2
  • Huawei E367
  • Huawei E372
  • Huawei E392
  • Huawei E398 (E398u-1)
  • Huawei E960
  • Huawei E1550
  • Huawei E1552
  • Huawei E1556
  • Huawei E1692
  • Huawei E1750
  • Huawei E1756
  • Huawei E1762
  • Huawei E1820
  • Huawei E3372s LTE USB-stick
    • Link interface: /dev/cuaU0.1
    • Init string: &F&C1&D2E0S0=0
  • Huawei E3372h LTE USB-stick
    • Requires manual firmware changes, see here
  • Huawei K3563
  • Huawei E5372
  • Huawei E5776
  • Huawei VIK K3715 HSU by Vodafone
  • Huawei K3765 by Vodafone
  • Huawei ME909u-521 4G/LTE Mini-PCIe
  • Huawei ME909s-120 4G/LTE Mini-PCIe
  • Nokia Phone E72-1 connected via USB cable
  • Sierra Wireless U305
  • Sierra Wireless 320u usb LTE
  • Sierra Wireless U330
  • Sierra Wireless MC7354
  • Sierra Wireless MC7355
  • Sierra Wireless MC7710
  • HP2300 (Sierra Wireless MC8775 3G) Mini-PCIe
  • USB Connect Mercury (Sierra Wireless Compass 885 or C885)
  • Sierra Wireless Compass 889
  • Ovation U727 by Novatel on Sprint CDMA
  • Nokia CS-17
  • Turkey-TTNET Usb Stick 3G Modem. Label says Huawei E173 but its actually Huawei E1800.
  • Telstra maxon bp3-usb (Benchmarked: 2500/350)
  • ZTE MF656A
  • Vodafone Mobile Connect K3565
  • Huawei K4505 (Vodafone Mobile Broadband)
  • LTE Yota LiTE LU 156 4G - NOTE: May need nudged in some way out of storage mode. (e.g. boot delay, unplug/replug)
  • Novatel EU850D (Mini PCIe)
  • ZTE MF683 (May need CD-ROM disabled using AT+ZCDRUN=8 on another system first)
  • ZTE MF622
  • Ericsson H5321G / Lenovo FRU 60Y3297
  • Ericsson F5521GW Gobi3000 / Lenovo
  • Ericsson N5321 / Lenovo
    • May need “AT+CFUN=1” in the init string. Serial port varies from /dev/cuaU[0-3]
  • ZTE MF915 LTE modem (T-Mobile)
  • ZTE MF190 USB (1&1) using /dev/cuaU0.2
  • ZTE MF669 - May need “camcontrol eject da0” in shellcmd, uses /dev/cuaU0.2
  • ZTE MF830 - Can be switched from Ethernet to Modem by accessing the device’s web interface, depending on preference.
  • ZTE MF861
  • D-Link DWM-157 (3.75HSPA+)
  • ONDA MT503HSA Type MF636 (requires eject mode switch, see below)
  • Netgear LB1120 (US)
  • Netgear LB1121 (US)
  • Netgear LB2120 (US)
  • Netgear LB1110 (EU)
  • Netgear LB1111 (EU)
  • And many others

If you have a modem that DOES WORK but is not on the list - Please submit a documentation update.

If you have a modem that DOES NOT WORK - post about it on the Netgate Forum for help, do not send us e-mail asking for support or drivers.

Modems reported to work as Ethernet devices

  • Verizon (Pantech) 295 - Works, but fails if detached and reattached, must reboot.
  • ZTE MF60 3g
  • ZTE MF90
  • ZTE MF823 - Defaults to, will need to be sure local system does not have an overlapping network.
  • ZTE MF915 LTE modem (T-Mobile)
  • ZTE MF975S
  • Huawei E8372h

Modem variations reported to NOT work

These have the same model numbers as the above, but have different chips and may not be supported.

  • Huawei E173s
#Before switching (USB mass storage)
DefaultVendor= 0x12d1
#After switching into modem mode
TargetVendor=  0x12d1
  • mPCIe: Sierra Wireless Gobi2000

Mode Switching

Some devices show up as a media device, such as cd0, in this case it may be possible to switch modes by executing a command:

camcontrol eject cd0

If that does switch the modem to the proper mode, it may be added as a Executing Commands at Boot using the full path:

/sbin/camcontrol eject cd0