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vegan-fanatic
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X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

Ok I have a Lenovo X220, upgaded over time with bigger hard disk before I installed SSD

 

Fixed the BIOS as I detest whitelists to the point of astro blue bonnet rage

 

Ordered up a new bluetooth 4.0 daughter board to modernize, too many devices want BT 4.0 now and now i see BT 5 is upcoming with more hardware woes

 

I have a Gobi 2000 card, Intel AC-7260 card, so when i get all the parts, I will be doing some surgery.

 

I have also discovered that 60Y3183 is the lenovo version of the Gobi 2000 but mine is a generic one for any machine what wants the action

 

the Gobi 2000 has GPS caability so I was wondering if there is any software for the X220 I can use to leverage it over what Windows 10 has?

 

Wiring up the WAN card with a SIM card, where can I place the SIM card?

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

> the Gobi 2000 has GPS caability so I was wondering if there is any software for the X220 I can use to leverage it over what Windows 10 has?

not a location application is a problem. Gobi 2000 GPS receiver should be turned on in order to use it. Under win7 this action performs Lenovo application "GPS Enabler". But it's missing for win8/10. I didn't test it under win10 in the compatibility mode either.

Another way to control the GPS receiver is to use AT commands.

> where can I place the SIM card?

in the battery compartment.



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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

I see there is a mini SIM slot beside the battery termininal, so this suggests the wires needed to connect it to the WAN card are ready to connect.

 

This makes it easier to enable celluar internet (when an unlimited service is avalable).

 

I realize my odl Gobi 2000 hardware is 3G era hardware, are there any LTE cards that fit the slot on my X220?

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

Sierra Wireless mc7710/7700/7750, depending on the location and cellular operator, they need some triks I wrote above.

The modem (its chipset) is outdated already, newer Qualcomm/Sierra modems (mc7304, mc7305, mc7455) need the triks either and additional taping of the modem' pins. Or em7455 via m.2->PCIe mini adapter, also short wires cables connectors' adapters are needed either. There is also Huawei' modem.



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique hand-made config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #retro. Signed by D.Hill
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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

I guess there is a Gobi 4000 I found on eBay with Lenovo badging that probably will work with my X220. 

 

I realized that my box while respectable has limitations so I have to see what is available that works.

 

I know I need 3 wires for the Gobi 3000 so I assume the machine has 3 tentacles to connect the hardware to the antennae etc.

 

LTE is faster than 3G which is one reason for inquiring into options. Any Lenovo part numbers that I can search eBay with?

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

> I know
> a) I need 3 wires for the Gobi 3000 so I assume
> b) the machine has 3 tentacles to connect the hardware to the antennae etc.

a) no
b) no

> I guess there is a Gobi 4000

Gobi 4000 is a family name of Qulacomm' modems, mc7700/7710/7750 including, I mentioned above.

> Any Lenovo part numbers that I can search eBay with?

you didn't answer for a question about preferable cellular operator name and network type(s)



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique hand-made config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

AFAIK, cellular hardware is not carrier locked like Cell Phones but that is a question I will ask of any hardware I consider as I prefer to be able to swap carriers when I am out of town, roaming can be horrifyingly expensive

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

> AFAIK, cellular hardware is not carrier locked

no, regarding Gobi 4000 family modems (mc77xx etc) you're not right.



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique hand-made config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
ThinkPad Stack • 2.4/5 Wireless Router, HDD 1 TB, BT Speaker, Power Bank, Mobile Projector

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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

are there any Gobi 4000 avalable that are unlocked?

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
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Re: X220 and the Qualcomm Gobi 2000

not a "locking" is a subject of discussion. Gobi 4000 modems feature different network technologies and frequency bands set different cellular operators support and work in.



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique hand-made config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
ThinkPad Stack • 2.4/5 Wireless Router, HDD 1 TB, BT Speaker, Power Bank, Mobile Projector

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