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T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-10-10, 16:22 PM

I've come to hate Access Connections over the last few years.  I never had any issues with it when IBM was still in charge,  but quirks and inconsistencies have crept in since Lenovo took over so I've ended up uninstalling it on several systems I support just because it's more hassle than it's worth and Windows 7 does a sufficiently thorough job of managing connections, especially with the ability to set default printer based on location.

 

Unfortunately, one of the "problem" systems I'm dealing with is a T400 (Type 7417) with a Mobile Broadband card in it and Access Connections appears to be necessary to use Mobile Broadband.

 

Access Connections isn't giving enough value to justify continuing to fight it, so I just want to know if there is a way to manage Mobile Broadband without it.

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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-10-10, 17:35 PM
The "Access Connection Card" is nothing but a broadband modem installed, and it is linked to a given provider. The alternative is to use Wi-Fi. I travel a lot with my T-510, and use a Express card modem for direct Sprint Access. Works great in most USA areas. When I travel abroad I use the Wi-Fi connection. It is a different antenna etc. than the broadband modem.
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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-10-14, 13:45 PM
Thanks Corky, but that's not what I'm asking.
This unit has an AT&T broadband card installed and activated, but the only way to manage it is with Access Connections, which is giving us fits - I want to manage the already installed card without using Access Connections
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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-10-19, 23:56 PM
Did you ever get this working without AC? I'm using AC and it's horrible. My VPN tunnel keeps disconnecting and I can't reestablish the connection unless I reboot the computer. It's ridiculous.
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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-10-20, 18:42 PM

No, I've been unable to get a useful response from anyone.  I'm going to keep looking, please post back if you find a solution.

 

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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-10-20, 18:42 PM
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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-12-05, 22:43 PM

Ridiculous that I can't get an answer to this.  Can't seem to find anything anywhere else either.

 

When Access Connections works, it's great - unfortunately it sucks on about 20% of computers I see that are running it and the only option is to pull it.  Can't do that if I want the integrated mobile broadband to work.

 

Anyone?  Anything?

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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-12-06, 3:04 AM

http://jack.ukleja.com/how-to-get-ericsson-f3507g-mobile-broadband-card-working-on-windows-7-lenovo-thinkpad-t400s/

 

Have you seen this yet?  A bit unorthodox but there's several links to other solutions as well.

 

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Re: T400 - Mobile Broadband without Access Connections?

2011-12-06, 5:19 AM

Let me guess if your requirement is to have something that turns on/off the mobile broadband, settings and lets you use it from window?

 

In my country, there are software launchers for 3 of the mobile broadband services, last time when I had my x61 with the mobile broadband card in it, one can copy the settings over to make it work.

 

For example, in USA the equivalent software should be one of these or from your respective telco operator

http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/solutions/wireless-laptop/communication-manager/index.jsp  You probably have to google the correct software AND settings to put into it.

 

Is that something near to what you are looking for?

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