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How to connect Pantech UML290 via Windows 10

Gigi817
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I have been using a Pantech UML290 for the past 2+ years without any issues on my desktop computer (no wifi capabilities) and previously on my husband's older laptop computer. My desktop has Windows 10 ~ updating a few months ago from Windows 7. I've never had any issues using the Pantech UML290 and have loved this little device ~ until today! My husband gave me a new laptop for Christmas. My new laptop has wifi connectivity and had Windows 10 installed "out of the box." I cannot get my new laptop to connect via the Pantech. I've installed, uninstalled, reinstalled, uninstalled and reinstalled the VZAccess Manager. The laptop connects without any issues to wifi networks. I've tried the Verizon Windows 10 "work around" (http://vzam.net/uploadedFiles/VZAccessManagerWindows10Information.pdf) but my VZAccess Manager does not have the same options as shown in the work around. I also don't find a modem installed in the device manager. I'm beyond frustrated with this.

I'm attaching two screen shots that will hopefully help diagnose why I cannot connect via the Pantech.

Thanks in advance for any assistance with this matter.

Verizon Pantech UML290.JPG

Verizon Device Manager.JPG

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Re: How to connect Pantech UML290 via Windows 10

Gigi817
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I uninstalled and reinstalled again and when I opened the Manager my computer turned off my wifi (and dropped my chat session with Verizon) and I saw this on my screen ~

Verizon screen shot January 7 2016 1.PNG

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Gigi817
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This is the newest Device Manager screen shot (January 7, 2016 at 12:10 CDT)

Verizon device manager January 7 2016.PNG

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7e18n1
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Ports (COM & LPT)

- USB Serial Device (COM3)

Open Properties > Click Details and press down arrow one time

What is the hardware ID?

It looks like this:

PCI\VEN_1969&DEV_2062&SUBSYS_FB731179&REV_C1

But with different VEN_, DEV_, SUBSYS_, REV_

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Gigi817
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Thanks for your reply!

From COM3 ~

USB\VID_106C&PID_3718\6&1BFADDB1&0&4

Screen shot of "General" for COM3 showing "device status"

COM3 screenshot January 7 2016.JPG

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Gigi817
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Screen shot of COM3 properties

COM3 properties January 7 2016 3.JPG

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7e18n1
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> USB\VID_106C&PID_3718\6&1BFADDB1&0&4

> USB\VID_106C&PID_3718&REV_0000

Good data, that is the UML290!

http://www.driveridentifier.com/scan/pantech-uml290/download/597200073/666E3365B85649B39D7ED64965172...

Check Lenovo’s site using model 2539B84, they might have a Windows 10 driver that works. If they do, uninstall the existing VZAM version before trying it. You might look around the user forum, Lenovo attracts advanced users who may have figured out a work around.

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Gigi817
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Thanks for your response. I couldn't find a Windows 10 driver for 2539B84.  I've posted this question on the Lenovo forum here ~ Connecting to Internet via Pantech UML290 (Verizon... - Lenovo Community

and I'm hoping someone will respond soon.

What does anyone know about the Verizon MiFi 4G LTE Global USB Modem U620L? Would this modem work with my laptop, the Lenovo G50-45 without the issues I'm having with the UML290?  I HATE having to potentially buy a different modem but I need a modem that works especially since my old HP desktop is getting more difficult to use every day and I want to switch to my Lenovo full time.

Thanks again!

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7e18n1
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Give Lenovo’s forum a week or so. You might search the forum too. Verizon sells the Novatel Mifi 6620L and the Netgear AC791L mobile hotspot. These are a little different and not as convenient as a built-in device or a USB modem, but they use can use USB (tether) or Wi-Fi to access the internet.

Re: How to connect Pantech UML290 via Windows 10

cbuker
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I have a Dell XPS 13 that came with Windows 8.1.  The Pantech UML290 worked perfectly with it.  Then I upgraded to Windows 10.   And even though I followed the VZAM workaround mentioned in this thread and set the "Device Operating Mode" to "Lan Adapter" (instead of "Windows Mobile Broadband"), the UML290 would not work correctly.  Specifically, when I hit "Connect WWAN", I get this error message:

"There has been a WWAN Device Failure.  Error WMC103"

I spent 3.5 hours with Dell technical support and with Verizon technical support, including supervisory support.  I uninstalled and reinstalled the latest version of VZManager (for Win 8.1 - there is no Win 10 driver or version), and I even installed the version for Windows Vista,7 and 8.  I uninstalled the drivers and generally ran down every available rabbit trail, all to no avail.  I also tested the UML290 on my Windows 7 machine to make sure there was no problem with the UML290, and it worked perfectly.

Both Verizon and Dell concluded that the only 'potential' solution is to reset Windows 10, which would require me to reinstall all of my software and back up and then reinstall all of my data, a step that I am not willing to put myself through, especially given that it is not a sure fix.

Perhaps this is Verizon and Pantech's way to force obsolescence and generate more sales ...

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