Solved: How to Unlock/Jailbreak Idea Net Setter USB Modem (Huawei EG162G) for Free

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Idea Net Setter Hacking

Hacking Idea Net Setter for use on other networks

This one was much simpler than I had expected. Was in fact surprised to discover that some people were actually charging Rs 100 to Rs 450 for the unlocking/jailbreaking service. But here at Cutting the Chai, you only have to pay for your bandwidth. Everything else is free (yes, even the unlocking code).

Before I delve into the details of the Idea Net Setter USB modem unlocking process, a little backgrounder (if you just want to unlock your device and are not interested in the story that I want to narrate, you can skip this and scroll below. I wont mind. Promise. In fact, I wouldn’t even know):

My desire for internet mobility and frustration with the local ISP vendor made me spend Rs 2490 for the Idea Net Setter USB stick (manufactured by Huawei) but many months later, bugged by the high costs and low speeds, I surrendered the connection. But Idea didn’t take the USB modem back, nor do they have any refund options. That meant that I was technically stuck with the USB modem that was to me nothing more than an overpriced 10MB pen drive. Idea, or more precisely Huwaei, lock the devices to be used with only the intended network.

I have a spare Aircel SIM and Aircel has some attractive internet plans (not 3G, but I can live without it when on the move) and then came the desire to unlock the Idea Net Setter USB modem (with other high-speed competition around promising Mbps of speed, the GPRS/EDGE Idea Net Setter is obsolete).

This wasn’t the only reason behind my effort to unlock the damn thing. I, in principle, am against the locking of devices for which the consumer has paid in full to a particular network. This whole idea is against consumer freedom (get that, Idea?). Therefore, the unlocking was also a matter of making a statement. And thanks to a post on Cellarena.in, I didn’t have to pay a dime (there were numerous other posts too, but Cellarena’s was the one that solved it for me).

There a many processes to unlock/jailbreak the Huawei USB data card mentioned online, but the one described below is the easiest (and also free). I would have just linked to the Cellarena post and be done away with the explanation, but thought that I could further simplify the process. So here it is.

Generate unlock code for Huawei USB modem

  1. Download this file [ZIP 244 KB] (It’s a zipped .exe file. I have scanned it with multiple anti-virus and it does look clean to me. I have put it up in good faith) and then extract it using an unzipping tool (Winzip, 7Zip etc.)
  2. Check for the IMEI number on the reverse of the USB modem (it is a 15-digit number).
  3. Double click (to run) the Universal MasterCode.exe
  4. In the IMEI field enter your 15-digit IMEI number and press the calculate button and numbers will be generated in the Unlock and Flash fields on the right.
  5. Now insert a different (non-Idea SIM) to your Huwaei USM modem and plug it into your PC and run the Net Setter software. The Net Setter interface will prompt for an unlock code (and also mention that you have 10 attempts left, unless you have gone through the drill previously without success). Insert the unlock code generated by Universal MasterCode.exe into the field. And your Idea Netsetter should be unlocked.

Easy, wasn’t it?

Now on to step two. How to make it connect to Aircel? The first time, it connected by default but later just refused to. Here’s the jugaad to set up your Idea Net Setter for use with an Aircel (or for that matter any other, provided you have the requisite details) connection, if it doesn’t do so by itself

Change connection settings on Idea Net Setter/Huawei USB Modem

  1. Run the Idea Net Setter application, then go to Tools > Options > Profile Management and then click on the Edit button on the right and then make the following changes to the entries there:
  2. Profile name (default: Idea) change it to Aircel (or whatever that you want to call it as).
  3. Keep the Static radio button under APN chosen
  4. In the APN field (default: internet) write aircelgprs.pr (for pre-paid connection) or aircelgprs.po (for post-paid connection). I fone doesn’t work, try othe other, irrespective of your type of connection.
  5. Change the access number (default: *99#) to *99***1#
  6. Leave the User Name and Password fields empty.
  7. Then click on the Save button, followed by the Set as Default button and then the ok button. Now try to connect. And things should work fine.

Though I haven’t tested it myself, this process should work for other Huwaei USB modems too, irrespective of the make and the service provider.

Simple na? Apologies to those who can no longer fleece the gullible for the unlock codes.

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87 thoughts on “Solved: How to Unlock/Jailbreak Idea Net Setter USB Modem (Huawei EG162G) for Free

  1. jitender

    i alreasy unlock my netsetter.but tell me plz how i use bsnl 3g speed in my huawaei EG162 2g modem.it is only for Edge n gprs i want to use wcdma speed which provide by bsnl.send me full detail at :[email protected]

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  2. Rishabh

    Sir
    your article hellped me a lot but i want to know that where to insert the unlock code or pin

    sir i am wating for your respond please reply to me

    Reply
  3. mohammed abdul raheemuddin

    Dear,
    could u please help me about the unlocking system of idea net setter.
    before i was not knowing how to unlock the idea setter, now i came to know but its too late, i failed to enter unlock code 10times ..now could it possible to re unlock the net setter , please help me regarding it how to do it ……….

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    1. shankar

      Dear,
      could u please help me about the unlocking system of idea net setter.
      before i was not knowing how to unlock the idea setter, now i came to know but its too late, i failed to enter unlock code 10times ..now could it possible to re unlock the net setter , please help me regarding it how to do it ……….

      Reply
  4. Syed Nazmul Hossain

    GPRS SETTINGS FOR OTHER OPERATORS

    Reliance
    APN: rcomnet
    Access Number: *99#

    Aircel
    APN: aircelgprs
    Access Number: *99***1#

    Idea
    APN: internet
    Access Number: *99#

    Docomo
    APN: TATA.DOCOMO.INTERNET
    Access Number: *99#

    Airtel
    APN: airtelgprs.com
    Access Number: *99#

    BSNL 3G
    APN: bsnlnet
    Access Number: *99#

    MTNL 3G
    Postpaid: APN: mtnl3g
    Prepaid APN: pps3g

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  5. hukamchand chhimpa

    Sir
    your article hellped me a lot but i want to know that where to insert the unlock code or pin .sir my idea modem modal-huawei eg162g

    sir i am wating for your respond please reply to me

    10 iRate This

    Reply
    1. Soumyadip Post author

      When you insert a different (non-Idea SIM) to your Huwaei USM modem and plug it into your PC and run the Net Setter software. The Net Setter interface will prompt for an unlock code (and also mention that you have 10 attempts left, unless you have gone through the drill previously without success). Insert the generated code there.

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  6. shamail

    Waste of time…!

    When I start NET SETTER using other SIM the only message is there ” Only the specified SIM/USIM can be used. There is no option to put unlock code.

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    1. ashok

      I CAN UNLOCK UR NET SETTER. U HAVE TO INSTALL HUAWEI FIRMFARE SOFTWARE. [email protected]

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  7. maulik

    its working……
    by using this i unlock my net setter…..
    thanksssssssssssssssss
    thank you so much……..

    Reply
  8. op singh

    how to use idea EG162G edge/gprs usb stick with idea 3g sim for better speed pl send msg as soon as in 9685090581…

    Reply
  9. PAUL

    sir, i unlocked my e 1732 idea net setter by sola setup and i put tata docomo sim in idea net setter but no response from tata docomo sim. how to create connection with docomo or any another sim.

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  10. chandu

    iam unlocked my idea net setter eg162g and kept aircel 3g sim but the speed is not changing it is still 256 kbs how to increse the speed to 3g standed

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  11. DEEPAK ADHIKARI

    sir my eg162g modem is not unlock.
    i used firmware update but he not ask unlock code.
    i also use modem code writer but they show error
    pls help me.

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  12. priyesh

    i lost me default sim card and when i insert sim it prompt me a message that only default sim or usim can be inserted.
    it is not asking for unlock code and no such thing like 10 option left.

    tell me whats your idea now ?

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    1. ashok

      i can unlock without default sim.it needs software upgrade. ur near AP then send ur netsetter to me, i can unlock [email protected]

      Reply
  13. vishnu

    hi,,,i unlocked my huwaei modem,,but while connecting they showed an error 619-connection to the remote computer cannot be established

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  14. vishnu

    great job dude, thanks …
    Can i seek an opinion of yours……which network provide maximum speed
    Pls reply

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    1. prashant

      i m also suffering from idea E1550 problem …
      if u find unlocking, will u plz send to me?
      if iwill get wil snd 2 u

      Reply
  15. umesh

    hi,,,i unlocked my huwaei modem,,but while connecting they showed an error 619-connection to the remote computer cannot be established

    Reply
  16. umesh

    hi,,,i unlocked my huwaei e1550 modem,,but while connecting they showed an error 619-connection to the remote computer cannot be established

    Reply
  17. vinay paswan

    it didn’t work with huawei modem e1730u-1 or e 1732

    mainly the net setter software didn’t run on inserting other sim than idea
    plz. help
    i m bored of this speed of idea net which is a curse like

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  18. prashant

    You r trying too much 4 others…Thnx I have idea net setter HUAWEI E1550. ive done everything u said bt.. it is not asking about codes…….. is there any other way? pllllllzzzzzzzz help me!!

    Reply
  19. patel dinesh

    i have unlocked idea nettsetter but i have use idea mobile gprs sim it is not workink.so other card will working in idea nettsetter.pls reply…..and how to working pls give me method detailewise………..

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  20. asish

    Thank you so much and i actually read your whole story behind idea netsetter :). I successfully unlocked my idea netsetter, now can i use bsnl 3G or aircel 3G to access internet? or i do i have to stick to the regular one??? please reply at [email protected] thank you.

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  21. anuj

    sir, i unlocked my e eg169 idea net setter .. i put tata docomo sim in idea net setter but no response from tata docomo sim. how to create connection with docomo or any another sim.

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  22. Gaurav Mishra

    Till now there is no solution for Idea netsetter e 1732 I got fed up to find solution but till now i have not got it……….. and there is no use to posting comments and looking for solution. [email protected]

    Reply
  23. mayank

    superb man thanks it really unlocked my 2g idea net setter, i insert aircel sim and it works very well thanks again………..

    Reply
  24. vicky

    my 10 trails got over is there any way to unlock it sir can u help me via mail([email protected])

    Reply
  25. robert

    after i insert air tel Sim to idea net setter and try to run the idea net setter software it is not asking unlock code instead of that it asking to insert correct sim

    Reply
  26. Rahul 009

    After inserting other sim it does not show to insert unlock code,tell me how to insert code [email protected]

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  27. sajoop

    when inserting any other sims my net setter application does’t ask any unlocking code……so please help me . my device : EG162G…
    iam waiting for your replay….

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  28. kunal jain

    after inserting other sim in my idea net setter EG162G it doesn’t ask unlock code bcoz i don’t have attempts so can u guys tel me how to get attempts and unlock my net setter

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  29. VENU

    1) Download and install Sola GSM Calculator.

    2) Insert your Huawei E-1732 and let the drivers to be installed.

    3) Download and update firmware of E1732(please see the vedio)

    4) Then run your Sola GSM Calculator after all the drivers get installed.

    5) Select Huawei Unlocker Tab & enter your IMEI number & Get the unlock code for the device.

    6) Now select the RELOCK option and click the Do Job button.

    7) Now select RESET LCK option and click the Do Job button.

    8) Select RESET LCK option and click the Do Job button. once again
    0) open idea netsetter dashboard and close gsm clac
    after those steps i will connect my net setter it display signal but connect problem error no:619
    THE REMOTE CONNECTION HAS NOT ESTABLISH ,SO THE PORT USED FOR THIS CONNECTION IS CLOSED .
    PLESE GIVE ME FEDBACK TO ME OR ELSE MAIL ME SOLUATION PLESE URSENT

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  30. krishna

    i have unlocked my modem.after that when i try to connect,it showing a error message like…”THE REMOTE CONNECTION HAS NOT ESTABLISH ,SO THE PORT USED FOR THIS CONNECTION IS CLOSED” .so what to do now? any one plz help me….plzzzzz

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  31. ALEEM

    I WANT TO UNLOCK HUWEI E 1732 MODEM AND TRIED ABOVE STEPS , BUT THAT NOT WORK, I ASKING FOR PIN VERIFICATION, PLEASE HELP ME .

    Reply
  32. Junior

    i got this msg when i try to put another SIM, “”Only the specified SIM/USIM card can be used on the device!” mine dont ask for unlock code.. i got only this msg.

    i never tried to unlock

    Reply
  33. musthu

    sir,
    i have already unlocked my idea net setter eg162g. But,now i am getting an error 2. i can’t find my net setter.it is stillworking. what can i do?

    Reply
  34. akshesh

    i have idea netsetter e1732 with 7.2mbps supportable and i unlocked it with cdma workshop bt now it became 3.6mbps…..
    y like dis???
    can u help me…
    plzzz bro…

    Reply
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