Mobile Internet, Express card or USB dongle?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sev, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. sev macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Southeast UK + Italy
    Hi everyone,

    I have a macbook pro 17, I couldn't really wait for what might or might not come out next year, as there was an urgent need for it.

    I am interested in getting some mobile internet, and was wondering, would you seasoned pro's go for a usb dongle or express card slot option? :)
  2. wedi42 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2009
  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    i just tether from my iPhone, i get great speeds and latency.
  4. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    My experience with USB dongles is that they are cheap crap with poor software and drivers you have to dig up from manufacturer forums or even RapidShare.

    However, ExpressCard isn't probably going to be around all that much longer since there aren't that many devices made for it so the USB dongle might be a more future-proof choice.

    The iPhone works great for tethering though. Extremely simple to use and over here doesn't cost any extra either.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I like the ExpressCard option; sadly my Mac lacks said expansion option.
  6. henry999 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2010
    Unfortunately, your mini-bio doesn't tell us much about you. Where are you intending to do this?


  7. weckart macrumors 68040

    Nov 7, 2004
    Dunno. I have eSATA and USB 3.0 cards among others, which gives my older 15" Macbook Pro more up to date storage options than even the current model can muster. A cheap £10 adapter allows me to use the cards in a desktop should I decide get rid of my MBP.

    I don't think Expresscard is disappearing anytime soon - except on Apple hardware.
  8. Timur macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
    I vote USB, because it allows you to stick it into *any* computer and leaves some freedom to placement while the EC is always bound to stay where the Mac stands.
  9. LikuidMetal macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2010
    Irving Texas
    This is what I use. And it works great. I'm not sure where you are located but if this is available in your area, it wouldn't hurt to check into. I have the 4G + 3G Hot spot and a USB device for my wife.
  10. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    Neither, I tether from my Verizon Droid using easy tether. I get fast speeds comparable to cable. Much faster than PDANet. And I'm not locked into 5gb per month like a MIFI card.
  11. sev thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Southeast UK + Italy
    Hi Henry, sorry about that! I'm based in the UK, but go to Italy quite a lot.

    It's here in the UK i'm more interested in, and i was seriously considering the tethering option with my iPhone running on a Vodafone network.

    I understand what Wedi42 is saying, but the mifi provider here in the UK is H3G, and I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole from previous terrible service experience.

    It was either this or get an expresscard34 multi card reader providing it sits flush with the body of the Macbook. It's a real pity that apple don't integrate a microsim slot into the laptop range... yet.
  12. Reelknead1 macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2009
    Microsims would be wonderful.

    If a mifi isn't an option then go with a USB dongle

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