USB Modem for Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by 1dterbeest, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    At home my parents only have dial up internet.
    I'm going to be moving in there for a few months
    for the summer, and I want to be able to connect
    my MBP sometimes. Do I have to buy the $49
    Apple version or can I get one of the other cheaper
    USB modems out there?
     
  2. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

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    Check eBay.

    Just picked up the Apple one for $35 shipped. I doubt you'll find another for less than that. I think it was a regular seller who continually puts them on (I bought the last one of several he had up).

    For that price might as well stick with something so small and easy to use. I just picked mine up for sending/receiving faxes on my MBP.
     
  3. trogdor! macrumors regular

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    I would go with what the above poster said and just get the apple one off ebay so you can save a few bucks. The nice thing is you know it will work great without any additional software, no worries there.
     
  4. 1dterbeest thread starter macrumors regular

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    does anyone have any info on whether another brand would even work? My mom has an old iMac G3 at home with a fried modem, and she is looking for the cheapest solution possible.
     
  5. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    I would look for one advertising Mac compatibility. Then look for reviews of the product on Amazon, etc. Sometimes products advertising Mac compatibility have very shaky support. I had problems with a USB 802.11 dongle that was supposed to be Mac compatible.

    If it turns out they are all generally universally compatible, then they should all say Win/Mac compatible.

    But yeah, $35 for the Apple one sounds like the best solution.
     
  6. 1dterbeest thread starter macrumors regular

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    That will work great for me, but
    my mom doesn't have 10.4.5!!!

    She has 10.2 i think, and the modem
    says it only works with 10.4
     
  7. zap2 macrumors 604

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    get the apple one, as it's the only one i know of ;)

    or get them to upgrade to a faster internet and Wi-Fi, which would be well worth it
     
  8. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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  9. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

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    UPDATE- got my modem from that eBay seller I recommended. He says lightly used - but it came in plastic bag from Apple (obviously put back in it, but was a nice touch) and I couldn't tell it was used at all! It works great. Plus for some reason the seller put it in a whole bunch of bubble wrap in one of those 8" square PM boxes (a little overkill, but I'm a happy camper)!
     

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