18/07/2008

3G on 3

The 3 dongle arrived and a working SIM inserted (Powerbook G4 12" running Leopard).

Then the fun started with trying to install software to drive the thing. It wasn't fun and the drivers from the Huawei site (it's a Huawei E220 USB dongle) didn't really seem to work, various others didn't either.

Then the suggestion was given for Launch2Net and after a quick download and install, everything sprung to life and the Internet appeared. Launch2Net has all the settings for various networks built-in, including 3 in the UK. They also support various dongles/PC Cards/etc.

The E220 only supports 3.6Mb/s download speed (didn't seem to quite manage it), but that's good enough for Email and general out of office business use. After playing with it for around 15 minutes, around 8MB of data had been downloaded, so data charges could easily mount up.

Well worth the €79.
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