Can I use o2 mobile broadband dongle for home wifi?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by woolnet, May 5, 2009.

  1. woolnet macrumors member

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    Hi.

    I bought an o2 Mobile Broadband USB Modem for use with my Powerbook for internet connection when I was in the UK. At home I have a G4 which is wired to my modem but would like to have wifi.

    Rather than buy an airport or similar card, I thought I might be able to use the o2 dongle as my receiver.

    Just as an aside, my modem/router bricked about six months ago so I'm only using ethernet connection at the moment, although I do have a 3com wireless transmitter....

    So, my questions are: a) will the hardware work? b) what, if any, drivers to I need to install, c) any chance of the links? d) can I set it up without a wireless internet connection and e) what is the best modem/router to buy for dual Mac/PC usage (I had a Netgear that was great so should I stick to that make?).

    Thanks, in advance.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    I dont imagine that it would work as a receiver for a WiFi signal as the 02 dongle is only meant to work with a 3G network. There maybe a hack for it.....
     
  3. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    I *believe* wi-fi modules aren't included in these products as most laptops these days come with wi-fi built in and as such a wi-fi module on the USB stick would simply be a unnecessary waste of power.

    That's not confirmed though, and I maybe wrong.
     
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    You might, some of them also contain a wifi transmitter/receiver. It depends which exact model you have. Google and see. Have you tried to see if there is anything under 'about this mac' > more info which gives a clue?
     
  5. woolnet thread starter macrumors member

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    It's a Huawei Mobile Connect HSDPA USB Stick - Model E160

    The information with the stick does say it can be used to pick up wifi but only really gives information for a pc

    Thanks...?
     
  6. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    After reading both O2's and Huawei's website, I would say that it doens't have Wi-Fi built in
     

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