problem with connecting my new MacBook to my modem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mastersbrowne, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. mastersbrowne macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    Hi, I have really been struggling to get my modem(sagem 800) recognised by my MacBook. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I am conncting to my mac with a USB cable and that doesn;t seem to be an option on the set up screen(airport, built-in ethernet ect.) Is there anyone out there who can help me because I am coming to the end of my teather!!! I hope so... thanks
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    You need an ethernet modem. USB is not designed for networking and was only used by ISPs to prevent you from plugging your modem into a router and sharing one internet connection. Call your ISP and demand an ethernet version.
  3. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
  4. truthseekers macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    Simply not true AT ALL!

    The man asked a reasonable question, one I had to ask myself and you just told him to go buy a router which is advice which will get him running but simply does not anser the problem of why doesnt the Sagem work... and you state USB isnt for Networking which is totally wrong. Telling someone to spend £30-£50 on a router isnt going to make up for why the free modem you have sitting in front of you cannot work. Id rather save money than have to go down other avenues. Also ISP will not send you a Ethernet solution - they only do USB modems free. You have to pay for Ethernet styled routers.

    USB is designed for anything it will do, there are no design limitation placed on it. Have you not seen myriads of USB Wifi dongles, Bluetooth, Network, Video editing... all large bandwith applications all working fine on USB. The modem manufacturers supply disk drivers for PC and Mac so what does that say... it was meant to work on MAC.

    The problem with Apple users is that they simply dont know whats wrong so they make up gobblegook excuses and solutions that often cost more dosh. Dont fix it, replace it or curve around the fault. This ignores the fault. Or often Mac users solution is to bin the Mac and get a newer one. This is pathetic but a solution Apple often suggest to people. Good for Steve Jobs bank balance... but not great for the environment, or you... like throw away your Ipods because they battery is dead. £350 wasted for a £3 lithium battery!

    So I reask the question for somebody brave enough or clever enough to answer, why dont Macbooks like Sagem USB Modems.

    I just refer peopel to Apple ads which say Apples work with all new devices. Apples dont go wrong... etc. Yeah real world is very different to a fabricated reality propaganda advert isnt it.:mad:
  5. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    What model of the modem do you have? According to the website, the 800 series modem supports all operating systems, so yours should work just fine.

    According to the manual for the 800 series, you need to insert a CD that would have come with the modem and install a piece of software/driver for the modem.

    Additional note: go here, click on the ADSL modem, then select your model from the list. It will then bring up a page where you can download the manual and drivers for your particular modem.

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