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HOWTO: Using mobile broadband / WWAN module in OSX
Published by mbbrocks
01-26-2009
Default HOWTO: Using mobile broadband / WWAN module in OSX

If you've got a Mini 9 with the Dell 5530 HSPA / Mobile Broadband module, here's what you need to know to get it going:
  • Download the following modem script: http://www.mobilebroadbandrocks.com/...-broadband.zip
    Unzip the script and place it in your root:library:modem scripts folder.
    Go into system preferences and select Network
    Select ‘Dell Wireless 5530 HSPA Mobile’ from the list on the left
    Click on advanced
    Under the modem tab, change the vendor to ‘other’ and select ‘Dell Mobile Broadband’ from the list, click on ok
    Back on the network screen, enter ‘none’ as the telephone number. This means the modem script will use the default APN. If you want to specify the APN you want to use, enter it in the telephone number field (e.g. ‘internet’). Leave account name and password blank.
    Select ’show modem status in menu bar’
    Click on apply
    When you want to connect, click on the phone icon on the top menu bar, near the time. Click on ‘Connect Dell Wireless 5530 HSPA Mobile’ and you’re away.

If you're having problems, you may need to enter your APN manually. Back in the connection properties, change the 'telephone number' to the name of your APN. The APN will vary depending on which mobile operator you use - for example, if you're a contract Vodafone UK customer, the APN will be 'internet'. Try http://www.filesaveas.com/gprs.html for details on UK APNs.
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:27 PM
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Lightbulb Worldwide Vodafone Mobile Broadband Settings

Heres a PDF of network settings for Vodafone in the following countries:
Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Contains user/pass/apn/dns for Monthly, Prepaid and Corporate accounts. Info was extracted from the VMC xml files - let me know if you find errors or have more info.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:36 PM
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Ooops.... http://www.mediafire.com/file/umyvzoooddz/vmc3.zip
pwd is: mydellmini.com

FYI: VMC 3.01.04.00 does not work with, or have drivers for, the Mini9's internal 5560 WWAN card.
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FYI: VMC 3.01.04.00 does not work with, or have drivers for, the Mini9's internal 5560 WWAN card.

Yeah, I re-read your earlier post and realised I'd misunderstood. Never mind though, At least we now have a VMC app that works properly with the Mini 9 and doesn't crash the OS.

All we need now is a driver for the damn thing and we're laughing... where's Bmaltais and Meklort when you need them? I'm sure they must have got 2-finger scroll sorted by now...
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VMC comes with drivers for the following: Huawei, Novatel Wireless 3G, Option USB & ZTE

There's another utility out there for Huawei E220/E270 modems called CheetahWatch. It sits in your menubar and lets you start/stop the connection, shows signal strength and monitors data usage. The source is available, so maybe someone can figure out how to get it working with the internal 5530.... once they've finished with 2-finger scrolling...

UPDATE:
Here's an app that can track data usage: SurplusMeter. It has lots of options to match your billing cycle, and it's free! -- tutorial/review here
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@janek did you try this?:
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If the Dell 5530 modem does not appear in the left hand column automatically, click the '+', select 'Dell Wireless 5530 HSPA Mobile' from the 'Interface' list. There are two entries for the internal 5530 modem, I selected the first one.
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@rakmini: yes, i did. no dell wireless 5530 HSPA is listed in adding new interface.
only Eth, BT, Airport, VPN...
edit: is there a way i can check if my dellmini has the wireless hspa mobile modem?
edit2: i don't have in my dell the WWAN module, as can be seen on http://labsix.net/mini9. but there is a slot for SIM next to the battery...
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@janek: sorry to hear that, sadly drivers can't fix everything!?!

You could try installing a WWAN card using this guide or these from JKK: hard or easy

But easiest would be to get an external USB WWAN modem.
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@janek: to check you have the HSPA installed, goto System Profiler:
Apple Menu > About this Mac... >> click More Info...

In the left column under 'Hardware' click 'USB', the modem should be listed on the right under one of the USB High-Speed Bus entries as:

Dell Wireless 5530 HSPA Mobile Broadband Minicard Device
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@rakmini: then i don't have the module... thanks
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