A couple of weeks ago the kindly folk at 3mobileBuzz sent me a 3 HDSPA modem dongle, which uses the 3 cellular network to access the internet at 3.6Mbps. It’s pretty quick, and when running at full speed with a good connection, it’s certainly faster access than you’ll get sharing Wi-Fi with fellow coffee fiends in any café, and even quicker than the average home broadband connection.
Anyway, upon excitedly unwrapping my dongle I found that even though the instructions were idiot-proof and all the software was auto-installed from the device itself, I couldn’t connect from my iBook.
I tried several things, including downloading and installing different drivers and playing with the settings. Yet nothing, I repeat NOTHING, would bloody work. As usual, when technology fails me (or I fail it), I may have used a fair bit of blue language and banged the desk a couple of times. We all have our faults, get over it.
Then, in a PDF attached to an email from Sam at 3mobilebuzz, I discovered the solution to my dongle problems. I know, we all get emails promising a better dongle experience, but finally I got one not destined for my SPAM folder.
The solution was a case of ensuring that the Mac’s own settings were correct. Also – beware – I have to connect via OSX’s on-board internet connection facility, not the modem’s own pre-installed software (although you’ll need to install that anyway, as the drivers are needed). Below are the screen shots and a few hints about how I got up and running. Please note, in most cases the modem will work out-of-the-box on a Mac (using the modem’s own software), but myself and few other users have had issues. So maybe, if you’re experiencing similar frustrations, these screen grabs may help.