BR with Vodafone ZTE K5008-Z (aka ZTE 823) mobile broadband USB stick

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Just an FYI for anybody that has one of these devices from Vodafone in the UK or elsewhere, they seem to work OK with the BR with the following CLI commands:

usbmodem modem-id zte_823

usbmodem modem-id zte_823 connect-type atcmd-directip

usbmodem modem-id zte_823 vendor-id 19d2 product-id 1032

usbmodem modem-id zte_823 usbnet cdc-ether

The device presents itself as an Ethernet network device rather than a modem, hence there are no dial strings etc. The device will automatically connect on the carrier side, but the usb interface on the BR only becomes active when needed (depending on whether the usbmodem is set to primary, always available or on-demand).

Note: This device has a slightly odd interaction with the OS from a USB perspective. If you connect it to a Linux box, it is initially recognised as product-id 1030 but then a few seconds later changes to product-id 1032. This is apparently to allow Windows 8 to use the device through a different driver interface; if the device doesn't receive a probe from the OS on the first product-id, it assumes a non-Windows8 OS and switches to the second product-id. No modeswitch is required for this - HiveOS waits for detected devices to "settle" and this seems long enough for the switch to the 1032 product-id to occur, so it will always be detected as product-id 1032.
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Thank you for posting this, Roberto!! I am sure this will be very helpful to others.