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JasonBourne9
Feb 1, 2008, 04:53 PM
Given the unconventional USB port on the MBA and the fact that at least one USB EVDO modem has been reported not to fit (by gizmodo). I thought it might be nice to start a thread for modems that do work.

If you have a working 3G modem solution, please post in here.

I don't have my MBA yet (it's in the Air!) but when I get it, I will test it with a Verizon/Novatel 740 and a USB adapter.

Obviously a USB extension cable will work on just about anything but curious about less clunk solutions.



Fearless Leader
Feb 1, 2008, 04:56 PM
Wait why cant the air not fit a usb cell modem?

JasonBourne9
Feb 1, 2008, 05:26 PM
http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/24/adding-insult-to-injury-usb-3g-modems-wont-fit-in-the-macbo/

Tramjaw
Feb 1, 2008, 05:39 PM
i would just connect it to my phone via bluetooth.

MacRumorUser
Feb 1, 2008, 05:45 PM
Use a very small extender cable and be done with it. Why be a drama queen ?


Nearly all the 3G modems the mobile companies in the Ireland & UK are all based on the Huewaii E220 USB modem and all use usb cable to attach the dongle and will work no problem.

http://www.vodafone.ie/image/REL005723.img
http://www.three.ie/images/datamodem_head.jpg
http://www.o2online.ie/wps/wcm/resources/image/46834be097774fc5/596x64_bbbanner.jpg

Chupa Chupa
Feb 1, 2008, 05:46 PM
i would just connect it to my phone via bluetooth.

Hardly a solution if you need EVDO/HSPDA speed. Plus I don't think tethering is even permitted in the ATT TOS.

Tramjaw
Feb 1, 2008, 05:57 PM
Hardly a solution if you need EVDO/HSPDA speed. Plus I don't think tethering is even permitted in the ATT TOS.

well, bluetooth 2.0 is pretty close to most of the 3g networks in america.. and i'm pretty sure (Link) (http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/solutions/wireless-laptop/phones-as-modems.jsp?WT.svl=calltoaction) it is permitted.

robanga
Feb 1, 2008, 06:30 PM
There are plenty of 3G phones that have bluetooth modem capabilities. My Samsung Blackjack is one of those. On the EVDO side with Sprint in the USA, they are very tethering friendly.

Fearless Leader
Feb 1, 2008, 06:58 PM
did not know that. New question,

WHY on earth would you connect that directly to a usb port? thats just asking for something to apply light pressure to it and break a usb port.

JCT
Feb 1, 2008, 07:04 PM
did not know that. New question,

WHY on earth would you connect that directly to a usb port? thats just asking for something to apply light pressure to it and break a usb port.

No joke--- I lost one of the USB ports on my 12" PB when some woman next to me in an airport waiting area picked up a screaming toddler and the kid's heels side-swiped my modem sticking out of the left side.

I always use a short extender cable.

JT

bjdraw
Feb 1, 2008, 08:38 PM
Just about any USB adaptor will work, in fact most of them include a usb extension cable and I've even seen some that are designed to hang on the top of the back of the display.

Who really wants that thing hanging out the side of the laptop anyways?

profiteor
Feb 1, 2008, 10:10 PM
All the cards work with an extension cable, which is probably a better way to go, even on a normal laptop... huge inflexible dongle coming out of your machine = asking for snap, crackle and pop. I broke the USB port on a Dell once (my cousin's) cause I left a USB flash drive in it, then forgot, and picked it up funny.

eddietr
Feb 1, 2008, 10:48 PM
I ordered this (http://3gstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=512) extension from Belkin.

I'm hoping this will allow me to turn the modem (my U727) back parallel to the edge of the MBA. Check out the video of on that page of how it works with an MBP.

I think that looks better than it sticking out perpendicular anyway. I'll take a picture on the MBA if I can get my hands on an MBA!


I'm also going to see how this (http://3gstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=35&products_id=673) works in my bag. Hopefully when we travel I can just keep it in my bag or near the hotel window so my wife can share the connection as well.

barefeats
Feb 2, 2008, 12:01 AM
I was offered a UM150 free as a replacement for my USB720 USB EVDO Rev A modem. The UM150 has a articulating USB connector. Not only does it save your USB port from being "torqued" but it allows you to have the modem sitting vertically instead of sticking out horizontally where it can get bumped.

It also comes with an chrome antenna that extends out like a car's radio antenna. I not only use it on Mac laptops, but it also works on Mac desktops.

profiteor
Feb 2, 2008, 02:53 AM
I ordered this (http://3gstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=512) extension from Belkin.

I'm hoping this will allow me to turn the modem (my U727) back parallel to the edge of the MBA. Check out the video of on that page of how it works with an MBP.

I think that looks better than it sticking out perpendicular anyway. I'll take a picture on the MBA if I can get my hands on an MBA!


I'm also going to see how this (http://3gstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=35&products_id=673) works in my bag. Hopefully when we travel I can just keep it in my bag or near the hotel window so my wife can share the connection as well.

I have a handful of those Belkin connectors. The modem is heavy enough to cause some of them to flop around a little left and right. I still like em though. :)

treacle
Feb 2, 2008, 01:22 PM
I have a verizon USB720 EDVO card. I should have my MBA by Tuesday and will try it out. I'm certain a little USB extension cable will work.

gotzero
Feb 2, 2008, 05:49 PM
I use an extension cable because I do not like the thing sticking out...

I do wish apple would have offered an intergrated solution for this awhile ago.

As dumb as it sounds, the main thing that keeps me away from this computer...

eddietr
Feb 2, 2008, 05:52 PM
I have a handful of those Belkin connectors. The modem is heavy enough to cause some of them to flop around a little left and right. I still like em though. :)

Someone else told me that today, too. Which modem do you have?

profiteor
Feb 3, 2008, 03:14 AM
Someone else told me that today, too. Which modem do you have?

Novatel U720 I think it is.

bitty417
Feb 3, 2008, 06:51 AM
AT&T USBConnect 881 fits and works perfectly.

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=AT%26T+USBConnect+881&q_sku=sku1120017

teerexx52
Feb 3, 2008, 07:34 AM
AT&T USBConnect 881 fits and works perfectly.

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=AT%26T+USBConnect+881&q_sku=sku1120017

Do you know how much a plan is for this and is it unlimited? Thanks

BritinNC
Feb 3, 2008, 10:26 AM
I ordered this (http://3gstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=512) extension from Belkin.

I'm hoping this will allow me to turn the modem (my U727) back parallel to the edge of the MBA. Check out the video of on that page of how it works with an MBP.

I think that looks better than it sticking out perpendicular anyway. I'll take a picture on the MBA if I can get my hands on an MBA!


I'm also going to see how this (http://3gstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=35&products_id=673) works in my bag. Hopefully when we travel I can just keep it in my bag or near the hotel window so my wife can share the connection as well.

The router solution looks interesting. The one question I have for everyone here is whether anyone can tell me whether back to my mac works over the EVDO network. I have found the Back to my Mac is a little temperamental at best, I can use it when I'm in a 'clean' environment such as someone else's house, but it doesn't work when I'm at my client's office even though they claim they are not stopping any ports on the 'guest' network I use. Since I don't know what it is that prevents it from working I was wondering if anyone who uses mobile broadband and leopard has confirmed this feature works or not.

Thanks in advance

JasonBourne9
Feb 3, 2008, 10:32 AM
The router solution looks interesting. The one question I have for everyone here is whether anyone can tell me whether back to my mac works over the EVDO network. I have found the Back to my Mac is a little temperamental at best, I can use it when I'm in a 'clean' environment such as someone else's house, but it doesn't work when I'm at my client's office even though they claim they are not stopping any ports on the 'guest' network I use. Since I don't know what it is that prevents it from working I was wondering if anyone who uses mobile broadband and leopard has confirmed this feature works or not.

Thanks in advance

I'd be very interested in hearing about this too. Given the small size of the MBA's on board storage, I'm planning to rely on "back to my mac" a fair bit. Probably over EVDO most of the time (not enough 802.11 out there to rely on it).

island
Feb 3, 2008, 01:42 PM
I have it too and it fits fine!

AT&T USBConnect 881 fits and works perfectly.

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=AT%26T+USBConnect+881&q_sku=sku1120017

hexonxonx
Feb 3, 2008, 01:52 PM
Novatel U720 I think it is.

I have one. We tried it on a friends MacBook Air and it worked just as good as it does on my MBP. Leopard already has support built in so you just plug in the card and click connect. The card is already programmed so no need to type in any info.

bitty417
Feb 3, 2008, 04:19 PM
Do you know how much a plan is for this and is it unlimited? Thanks

Unlimited - 59.99/mo

shelt
Feb 3, 2008, 04:38 PM
Unlimited - 59.99/mo

Be careful - AT&T just implemented a 5GB/month cap on their formerly "unlimited" plan!

AT&T Data Plan(s) (http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-plans/data-connect-plans.jsp)

Their overage rate is listed as $0.00, so my guess is you get some sort of 5GB warning...

Rich

hexonxonx
Feb 3, 2008, 05:13 PM
Sprint offers real 100% unlimited highspeed for $59.99 with 2 year contract. Been with mine for a year now and it's worth every penny. Even 100 miles outside of Reno at a truck stop I was able to logon to the internet in the desert.