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    Default BSNL 3G sim in Dell XPS laoptop w/ internal mini pci card- No USB dongle and no wires

    Hey folks,

    Good news. I have stumbled upon a fantastic find that pertains to BSNL 3G sim using a Dell Wireless 5520 Mobile Broadband which i purchased on Ebay for USD $30. Search google for "Dell Wireless 5520" and you can see it.

    NO Wires NO Dongles NO Tethering

    I have a Dell XPS laptop which has an extra pci mini express card slot and a SIM card slot behind the battery. I stubmled upon the card on E-bay and had it shipped to me from Hong Kong. It took 8 days to arrive.

    With some tweaks and trials of various Dell Broadband software, I got it to work.

    Now I just open my laptop and connect using the Dell Broadband Wireless Card Utility to connect.

    I believe that you can find different pci express cards for different laptops brands including Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, Acer etc using acessories search on different manufacturers websites. Then you have to look for the Global Easy Buy option on EBAY. I cant guarantee it cause i havent seen personally.

    Laptop: DELL XPS M1330 Laptop w/ 4GB Memory
    O/s: Windows 7 SP2 (also used on Vista before upgrading)
    Wirelss Modem: Dell Wireless 5520 Internal Mini PCI.
    Cost of Modem: USD$30 (INR 1600 Aprox).
    Connection Software Dell Broadband Wireless Card Utility for Vodafone.
    Data Plan: BSNL 3G data plan.
    Time: 3 days of frustrating troubleshooting!
    Result: Hapiness and freedom from extra wires and ugly USB dongles that tend to break when laptop is on your lap.

    Screen shots to follow when i figure out how to upload.

    Disclaimer: This solution works for me. i cant take responsibility for others. I took a risk despite Dell and BSNL telling me it wouldnt work. Trials with DELL AT&T software didnt work but the Dell Vodafone software did. You can also set up using Microsoft DUN.

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    Default

    Just for reference. I am enclosing a screen shot.

    Notice there is no signal bar and the signal strength is -99dbm (good is ~72-83dbm) and I am still getting 1.15mbps.
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    can you please elaborate the process and give details about the modem you purchased my system says that i have the wwan modem installed and all the at&t and bsnl setting you created??

    it would be very helpful
    thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by josephrmathias View Post
    Hey folks,

    Good news. I have stumbled upon a fantastic find that pertains to BSNL 3G sim using a Dell Wireless 5520 Mobile Broadband which i purchased on Ebay for USD $30. Search google for "Dell Wireless 5520" and you can see it.

    NO Wires NO Dongles NO Tethering

    I have a Dell XPS laptop which has an extra pci mini express card slot and a SIM card slot behind the battery. I stubmled upon the card on E-bay and had it shipped to me from Hong Kong. It took 8 days to arrive.

    With some tweaks and trials of various Dell Broadband software, I got it to work.

    Now I just open my laptop and connect using the Dell Broadband Wireless Card Utility to connect.

    I believe that you can find different pci express cards for different laptops brands including Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, Acer etc using acessories search on different manufacturers websites. Then you have to look for the Global Easy Buy option on EBAY. I cant guarantee it cause i havent seen personally.

    Laptop: DELL XPS M1330 Laptop w/ 4GB Memory
    O/s: Windows 7 SP2 (also used on Vista before upgrading)
    Wirelss Modem: Dell Wireless 5520 Internal Mini PCI.
    Cost of Modem: USD$30 (INR 1600 Aprox).
    Connection Software Dell Broadband Wireless Card Utility for Vodafone.
    Data Plan: BSNL 3G data plan.
    Time: 3 days of frustrating troubleshooting!
    Result: Hapiness and freedom from extra wires and ugly USB dongles that tend to break when laptop is on your lap.

    Screen shots to follow when i figure out how to upload.

    Disclaimer: This solution works for me. i cant take responsibility for others. I took a risk despite Dell and BSNL telling me it wouldnt work. Trials with DELL AT&T software didnt work but the Dell Vodafone software did. You can also set up using Microsoft DUN.

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    dell have that inbuilt sim card slot not all laptops have that..so you have to purchase a pci card and you get the 3g sim working on the laptop


    you spend 30 dollars( 1357 rs) for that so lower than a 3g modem but what is the hspa specification??

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    Quote Originally Posted by swift View Post
    dell have that inbuilt sim card slot not all laptops have that..so you have to purchase a pci card and you get the 3g sim working on the laptop


    you spend 30 dollars( 1357 rs) for that so lower than a 3g modem but what is the hspa specification??


    can you please specify the details of the mini pci card that you mentioned and from where can i purchase it??

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    Default @mayurdhwaj

    I personally recommend you to buy a 3g usb modem rather than a pci modem which is easier also you can use it in another pc or laptop if you want as there is no physical installation required..moreover if your laptop is still covered by warranty then this process may void it.

    I have read somewhere that uncompatible card made some bios problem in the laptop ..so you may need a technician's help if you are not sure of installing it.

    ..pls give your exact laptop model so that let me google out to find if there is sim slot in your model and what pci card would suit your lappy.

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    its a dell studio 1555

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    did you check if it has a wwan card already installed or not you can go to device manager and check.if not then i think you can use dell 1520 or 1530 but make sure about compatiblity from the dealer before you pay money.

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    Hi! Can you tell me where i can get a wwan mini pci-e 3g card for my lenovo s10-3? I'm from hyderabad and has been unsuccessful so far. The ones available on ebay (i checked today) cost more than Rs. 60,000!

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    Default Hi want to use the same for dell studio 1537

    hi

    I want to configure WWAN card for dell studio 1537, how to start and proceed...where will I get the required hardware and the drivers ?

    thanks & regards

    Quote Originally Posted by josephrmathias View Post
    Hey folks,

    Good news. I have stumbled upon a fantastic find that pertains to BSNL 3G sim using a Dell Wireless 5520 Mobile Broadband which i purchased on Ebay for USD $30. Search google for "Dell Wireless 5520" and you can see it.

    NO Wires NO Dongles NO Tethering

    I have a Dell XPS laptop which has an extra pci mini express card slot and a SIM card slot behind the battery. I stubmled upon the card on E-bay and had it shipped to me from Hong Kong. It took 8 days to arrive.

    With some tweaks and trials of various Dell Broadband software, I got it to work.

    Now I just open my laptop and connect using the Dell Broadband Wireless Card Utility to connect.

    I believe that you can find different pci express cards for different laptops brands including Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, Acer etc using acessories search on different manufacturers websites. Then you have to look for the Global Easy Buy option on EBAY. I cant guarantee it cause i havent seen personally.

    Laptop: DELL XPS M1330 Laptop w/ 4GB Memory
    O/s: Windows 7 SP2 (also used on Vista before upgrading)
    Wirelss Modem: Dell Wireless 5520 Internal Mini PCI.
    Cost of Modem: USD$30 (INR 1600 Aprox).
    Connection Software Dell Broadband Wireless Card Utility for Vodafone.
    Data Plan: BSNL 3G data plan.
    Time: 3 days of frustrating troubleshooting!
    Result: Hapiness and freedom from extra wires and ugly USB dongles that tend to break when laptop is on your lap.

    Screen shots to follow when i figure out how to upload.

    Disclaimer: This solution works for me. i cant take responsibility for others. I took a risk despite Dell and BSNL telling me it wouldnt work. Trials with DELL AT&T software didnt work but the Dell Vodafone software did. You can also set up using Microsoft DUN.
    hi

    I want to configure WWAN card for dell studio 1537, how to start and proceed...where will I get the required hardware and the drivers ?

    thanks & regards
    Last edited by harishnm; 16th February 2011 at 04:57 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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