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Non-Vodafone PCMCIA in WRT54G3G?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by wreko, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. wreko

    wreko Network Guru Member

    Tried to search but haven’t found any clear answer. Is it possible to use a non-Vodafone card in the WRT54G3G? Everywhere you buy it in Sweden says it’s a Vodafone only product.
  2. mmisnan

    mmisnan Network Guru Member

    Couldn't give any clearer answer either .. I'm using Huawei E600 provided by my local mobile provider (Celcom3G/Malaysia) and it works with this router. Tried using my SIM card with the Vodafone Huawei E620 but it won't work.. endless of acquiring provider message.
  3. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    It is possible that those units are similar to GSM cellular phones that are locked on to a service providers system and when you try to use a sim card from another service provider it will not work.
  4. MAS3

    MAS3 LI Guru Member

    They will work with non vodafone branded cards.
    I'm using one, but with a huge problem.
    The card is an excellent Option HSDPA card, tested it recently in my laptop where no problems could be detected (but a few hack attempts on port 135 were reported).
    The problem is that the interface between the WRT54G3G will crash very hard at random times.
    Once crashed, a power cycle is the only way to recover from that.
    not even pushing the reset button helps.
    At the moment problems exist, name resolving is OK but pinging is out of the question.

    This problem is not due to the Option card or brand, even an older different type Vodafone card (but also produced by Option), has the exact same problem.
    It seems to be related to a Linux driver for the pc-card slot and is well documented over the internet.

    Confuguration of GPRS (/EDGE) or UMTS can be done automaticly for Vodafone or their partners, if you have a different provider, you need to configure this manually (not hard at all).

    I'm now waiting for an other type of mobile router, because the way this one works now is not what i need.
  5. piotr.dobrogost

    piotr.dobrogost LI Guru Member

    Yes, no problem. I'm using WRT54G3G with Novatel Merlin XU870 3G 7.2 ExpressCard ( HSDPA Networks) using ORANGE in Poland.

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