E960/B970b 3G wifi router with sim card slot

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E960/B970b 3G wifi router with sim card slot


The B970, B970b 3G router with an embedded 3G chip (think Linksys WRT54G3G without having to buy a PCMCIA card). It has 4 ethernet ports, an analogue port for attaching a phone, WiFi support as well as a connection for an external antenna. When attached via USB to a PC it presents itself in the same as a USB modem. In this mode however the ethernet ports and WiFi are disabled.

The B970 has recently been replaced by the
B970b. Main difference is better uplink speed (5.76 Mbps) and support for HSPA/UMTS in the 900MHz frequency range (which means you can use it with Cell C) otherwise everything else looks the same.

Dimensions: (L/W/H): 155mm x 115mm x 28mm
Weight: < 500g
Compatible OS*: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7** (should work on Linux)
Operating Frequency: HSPA/UMTS 2100MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Speed: 7.2 Mbps downlink, 2Mbps uplink
Ethernet: 4 Ports (RJ45) 10/100
Telephony: 1 Port (RJ11) for attaching an analogue phone
WiFi: 802.11g
USB Port: Doubles as either power in router mode or connectivity to a PC/Notebook in modem mode
Antenna: 1
SMA connector for attaching a 3G antenna
Light Indicators: Power, WiFi, Signal Strength, Mode (GPRS/EDGE/3G/HSPA)
*OS only matters when using it as a modem
**64bit users might need the patches

Software Versions - Shipped
Boot Loader Version:
Router Hardware Version: WLA1GAPU
Router Software Version:
Release At: Sep 9 2008 11:41:37

Modem Hardware Version: WLA3TCPU
Modem Software Version:

Software Versions - Most Recent Update (SP04)
Boot Loader Version:
Router Hardware Version: WLA1GAPU
Router Software Version:
Release At: Nov 20 2008 16:39:40

Modem Hardware Version: WLA3TCPU
Modem Software Version:

Vodafone/Vodacom Firmware Updates
SP04 is no longer available from the
Vodacom Downloads Page since the site was revamped. The direct link from the old page still works: Firmware Upgrade*. This update is supposed to correct the problem where the router looses its settings randomly, but sadlydoes not.
Caution: Care needs to be taken when applying this update. There have been reports of this update either resulting in a bricked router or a partially updated router. The update instructions below have proven to be successful.
* Downloading this update while connected to Vodacom 3G does not count against your cap.

MTN Firmware
MTN do have their own branded firmware, but there have already been reports that things like DDNS have been removed. There may be other features that have been disabled, so using this firmware on the Vodafone branded version is probably not a good idea. Workaround for enabling DDNS on the MTN firmware

Available from the
MTN Downloads Page. Direct Link: Version 20080811

Custom Firmware
have released the
source and toolchain for download
There are some details on the E960 which is a close relative to the B970 and attempts at
OpenWRT which could serve as a pointer to some enterprising persons.

Vodafone/Vodacom Firmware Update Procedure
I have
personally bricked one router and at least one other forumite has reported bricking theirs. Another's partially updated and will not complete the rest. I have subsequently refined the update method and others have also reported successfully applying the SP04 update. It was also discovered that you can selectively update components if the update process fails. If you are not sure what you are doing it might be best to skip this one over or take your router to a Vodacare store and let them perform the update. As always Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV).

DDNS Feature Not Available
It has been noted that other providers around the world, in a similar fashion to MTN, have also removed DDNS from their custom config. Some people have reported




successfully flashing the Vodafone firmware over their existing providers firmware. You of course do so at own risk

Web Interface Tips
Factory Reset The Router
Advanced Settings | System | Restore Defaults | Click Restore

Change default admin password
Advanced Settings | System | Modify Password

Custom Profile (i.e. unrestricted APN)
Advanced Settings | Dial-up Settings | Profile Settings
Fill in/select the following:
Profile Name: Vodacom Unrestricted
PPP User Name: <leave blank>
PPP Password: <leave blank>
APN: Static: unrestricted
IP Address: Dynamic
DNS Server: Dynamic
Click Save
Click Back
Click PPP Settings
From the dropdown select: Vodacom Unrestricted
PPP Connection: Select desired option
Leave rest as is
Click Apply

Dynamic DNS setup
Advanced Settings | Dynamic DNS Settings
User Name: <your dyndns.org website login name>
Wildcard: Off
Host Name: myb970.dyndns.org
Password: <your dyndns.org website password>
Click OK
Click Apply
Click Back
Click Dynamic DNS Settings
You should see: dyndns.org myb970.dyndns.org username Off Update succeed!