airport express/airtunes support broadband?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by miTunes75, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. miTunes75 macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking into purchasing a modem through our phone carrier that will allow me to use internet at my house (much cheaper than the monopoly of cable internet). I was wondering if I can somehow make that 3g network modem wireless with my airport express so that I can use the internet wirelessly on multiple computers throughout the house (including appletv). Anyone have any experience with this or any knowledge?
     
  2. miTunes75 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, but there wouldn't be an ethernet cable. the broadband 3g wireless network is a modem that looks like a flash drive and only has a usb connection. the usb connecitn on the airport express is for wireless prinhting from what I understand. Do you think it's possible that I could connect this modem via usb into the printer-usb slot in order to broadcast the internet throughout the house?
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're referring to wireless 3G for cellphones, I don't know if that's possible. Only with an ethernet cable or existing WiFi network.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1731
     
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    What about using Internet Sharing in Network Preferences? I know you can share an Ethernet connection using a Mac's AirPort card to allow other wireless devices within the vacinity of the host Mac to have Internet connectivity. I'm not sure if it works the same with a USB Internet connection though, but it might be a possibility.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/8156.html

    Edit: I just realized that's exactly what GGJstudios was trying to say... Nevermind...
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That doesn't apply, as the OP is referring to joining an existing 3G wireless network, not one with a cable that's plugged into a Mac with an AirPort card.
     
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    I understand what the OP was asking. I was just suggesting that if the OP has a machine that has an AirPort card, it might be possible to connect the USB 3G modem to that machine and enable the Internet connection to be shared via that machine's AirPort Card. I know it's not the setup that the OP suggested in their first post, and to be honest I'm not sure if it would work with a USB 3G modem, but I figured I'd throw it out there.

    Upon some googling, I found somebody that was able to share the Internet connection from their USB 3G modem to their Ethernet port, then connecting that to their AirPort Base Station:
    http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-10...=249771&messageID=3201688&tag=content;leftCol

    If that works, I don't see why the OP wouldn't be able to share the 3G connection using the method I suggested. Although this would require a host machine to be on constantly and the post I linked to complains of horrible ping times and lag.

    Another link that claims sharing 3G via Ethernet works:
    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/1102774.html
     
  7. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    You can totally just do internet sharing. I used to do it via dial up and my airport card in my ibook g3. It was awfully slow, but this was also like 7 years ago before I had cable at my shore house.
     
  8. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    Instead of getting a USB 3G modem, can you get a MiFi from your carrier? It's a little device designed to convert 3G to WiFi for up to 5 computers. I know Verizon Wireless and Sprint sell it.
     

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