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  1. OMG, Do you implicitly mean MC7710/MC7700 on market are all set to QMI mode, that is the reason it is not detected from watcher software under OSX? We need to buy some test board and set it to DIP mode manually. - what a tedious job! even as a computer professional, it is still hard for me to accomplish it. no mention to regular users. That is really a good finding! glad to know it is working for you, as this is the first successful case for LTE/4G mini card under Mavericks.
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    Sierra Wireless MC8700

    The image site is dead, I have local copies of those images luckily. so upload them to the other site and refresh all links my first thread.
  3. Check it first from USB part to see: 1.The card is showing up under USB. if not, need to tape PIN 20, insert the card again. 2. If Yes, what is ProductID/VendorID? 3. in My patch for Ericsson f3507g in CellPhoneHelper.kext, replace <key>0x0bdb/0x1900 Ericsson F3507g</key> with your <key>0xVVVV/0xPPPP Ericsson F3507g</key>, also this part with decimal values (not hexadecimal) <key>idProduct</key> <integer>6400</integer> <key>idVendor</key> <integer>3035</integer> 4. reboot, you will get WWAN card showing up
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    Sierra Wireless MC8700

    It seems IPV6 problem with the internal Apple Sierra script. Did you try mobile-broadband.zip in your forum: [WWAN] - Ericsson f3507g // Dell Wireless 5530 it should work, Also with AirCard software in this forum, it works just straightforward.
  5. I am still waiting for my MC7700 arrival. (ordered on eBay, but mailed from China to US). Meanwhile. I downloaded "AirPrime MC/SL-Series (UMTS/LTE) Extended AT Command Reference" After I receive and install it. I will try these commands manually: (see my thread "SMS app for Ericsson WWAN module") 1. Set frequency band Set the modem to use a particular frequency band. You must use this command to select an appropriate band before running LTE, WCDMA, or GSM commands. Usage: • Execution: AT!DASBAND=<rfband> Response: <rfband> OK Purpose: Set frequency band. Parameters: <rfband> (Unique value corresponding to an RF band and technology.) • This is a unique value that maps to an RF band and technology. It is not an actual 3GPP band number. For example, ‘18’ is GSM 850, which corresponds to 3GPP band 5 (on a GSM network). • Band support is product specific—see the device’s Product Specification or Product Technical Specification document for details. • Examples (for a full listing, see Table D-1 on page 279): GSM • 10=GSM 900 • 11=GSM 1800 • 12=GSM 1900 • 18=GSM 850 WCDMA • 9=WCDMA 2100 • 16=WCDMA 1900B • 22=WCDMA 850 • 29=WCDMA 900 (BC8) LTE • 34=LTE B1 • 35=LTE B7 • 36=LTE B13 • 37=LTE B17 • 42=LTE B4 • 44=LTE B3 • 47=LTE B8 • 56=LTE B20 2. Set modem channel (frequency) Set the modem to operate on a particular frequency channel. Before using this command, use the command !DASBAND (described on page 110) to set the band. Once a channel is set, the modem continues to use that channel until the modem is reset or powered off and on. Usage: • Execution: AT!DASCHAN=<rfchannel> Response: <rfchannel> OK Purpose: Set modem channel (frequency). Parameters: <rfchannel> (Uplink channel number (ARFCN)—depends on frequency band being used) • 128–251: GSM 850 MHz • 1–24: GSM 900 MHz • 975–1023: GSM 900 MHz • 512–885: GSM 1800 MHz • 512–810: GSM 1900 MHz • 9612–9888: WCDMA 2100 • 9262–9538: WCDMA 1900 • 4132–4233: WCDMA 850 • 2712–2863: WCDMA 900 • 18000–18599: LTE B1 • 19200–19949: LTE B3 • 19950–20399 LTE B4 • 20750–21449: LTE B7 • 21450–21799: LTE B8 • 23180–23279: LTE B13 • 23730–23849: LTE B17 • 24150–24449: LTE B20 Hopefully I can do that successfully from AT command line. Then I will put it into ccl script.
  6. I also found and tested NEC uPD720202 chip based Express/34 because Levono T410, T420 only have Express/34 slot. It works same as Express/54 above, But only one issue to be aware, it seems inside the card, it use some cheap D/A converter. So if I connect a USB3 thumb drive. it is OK. external USB3 hard drive which has its own 5V/2A adapter, it is still OK. But if it is bus-powered external Hard Drive. no way to get it running and connected. The hard drive just cannot get enough power from the card to spin up (5400 rpm or 7200 rpm). I tested 2 cards. the same result.
  7. Could you show me the screen snapshot for System Profiler ->USB and WWAN? I will receive my MC7700 soon. 2 things to get 4G/LTE connections with your ISP. 1. The mini PCIe WWAN must support ISP's LTE band, Here is the list of most ISPs' LTE bands used. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks otherwise, it will use low speed connection. Check WWAN card spec and ISP both sides to see they are matched. e.g. my MC770 and T-Mobile MC770 (http://www.3g-modem-wiki.com/page/Sierra+Wireless+MC7700) shows: LTE frequency bands:700(B17)/AWS T-Mobile US: Band: 4 , Frequency: 1700(e)/1700(d)/1700(f) At beginning, I thought I cannot use MC770 with T-Mobile(US) to get 4G/LTE connection. But further search results show, AWS commonly means B4 (band 4) 1700/2100Mhz. It seems matched. 2. I do not think Mavericks has any 4G/LTE script in xxx.ccl (such as WWAN.ccl) files. We need to patch existing dial-up script to add at least one line AT command to turn on LTE channel. - I will check MC7700/MC7710 developer documents to find out the proper script to turn on 4G/LTE of the WWAN just before it starts to connect to APN of the ISP.
  8. install this software: http://downloadcenter.netgear.com/en/Disclaimer.aspx?redirecturl=http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/aircard/Generic_Mac_Watcher_B3563.mpkg.zip It is used for AirCard 320U which has the same chip as AirPrime MC7710 (both are Qualcomm MDM9200) The software should support AirPrime MC7710 to get 4G/LTE connection under Mavericks
  9. One thing I noticed when buying 4G/LTE WWAN card: I give an example Sierra MC7700 MC7710 both are 4G/LTE WWAN (based on same chipset: Qualcomm MDM9200, Sierra AirCard 320U also use it) MC7700 uses 700(B17)/1700/2100(B4) MHz bandMC7710 uses 900(B8)/1800(B3)/2100 (B1)/2600(B7)/DD800(B20) MHz band If I buy MC7700, choose T-Mobile as ISP, I may not get 4G/LTE speed, but only HSPA+ Oppositely, If I buy MC7710, choose AT&T as ISP, The same story as above, No 4G/LTE speed. It is hard to get one GSM 4G/LTE card to work with all ISPs even it is called unlocked. but technically it is still locked.
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    Sierra Wireless MC8700

    Actually I already keep my eyes on Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7710 and Huawei ME909u-521 for a while, The price is above $150. Both have vendor software for Mavericks (Huaiwei Mobile Partner and Sierra AirCard Watcher) It does not matter how Mavericks supports those WWAN card internally, after installation of vendor software, connecting to 4G/LTE should not be a problem. After a couple of years, those cards' price will drop to $50 . (just like Intel CPU, 2/3 price off 3 year after release)
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    Sierra Wireless MC8700

    The second issue is technical one - All 4G/LTE needs 4G antenna which has 3 connectors. None of Lenovo Thinkpad models up to X220, T420 has that kind of antenna. From Lenovo x230, T430 to the latest models, Lenovo put a security EPROM (shouldering on motherboard) to validate BIOS check-sum. So there is no more None-White-List bios can be used for any new Thinkpad laptop which shipped with 4G antenna. So even I get a 4G/LTE mini PCIe card and one latest model Thinkpad laptop - there is no way to make them work together. bump here by Lenovo hard-coded FCC regulation checking routine.
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    Sierra Wireless MC8700

    I am looking for some inexpensive 4g/LTE cards. but still high price no matter for my own research purpose or practical use for others. So far, 3G HSPA+ is the best (performance/price ratio) choice for most users
  13. Another WWAN card which is easy to setup under Mavericks Sierra MC8700 3G GSM HSPA+ MINI PCI-E Card, it is a little bit pricy comparing with HUAWEI EM820U. I got an used one from eBay for $29.99 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/321292587625?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649) I tape pin 20 and tested it on Thinkpad T410 with Mavericks 10.9.2, it is immediately recognized as WWAN device (also an USB device) without patching CellPhoneHelper.kext!!! I can see that Mavericks supports MC8700 from Kernel itself without any InterfaceDriver(check the line for "Modem Software", it needs one of these: AppleUSBCDC, AppleUSBCDCACMData, AppleWWANSupport1, AppleWWANSupport2 for other brand of WWAN card, but not MC8700) I can go ahead to show WWAN on top menu bar and be able to connect to T-Mobile: I still like to use vendor's software to start my 3G connection. For Sierra, there is software called AirCard Watcher, but it is not available to be download and maintained by Sierra Inc directly, but by Sierra's biggest OEM vendor NETGEAR, I can find a few different versions of AirCard Watcher B2924_Watcher_Generic.dmg (Mac) is the latest and supports Mavericks After I download and install it on Mavericks, it changed MC8700 driver from Mavericks Internal to Vendor's drivers, in S/L/E I found all these related drivers: It also changed USB and WWAN device information for MC8700: Notice there is BSD name "en3" for MC8700 USB device, The vendor driver make it as a Network device directly. Now I can use AirCard Watcher to connect 3G HSPA+ and read my account setup message from SIM card: Among all 3G cards I owned, this is the first one supported by Mavericks as WWAN card without patching, and works with the least efforts. Vendors software choose the fast connection channel (HSPA+) from ISP. also the best from Sierra Wireless Inc. it has Linux drivers as open source code from the web site. So if you have MAC OSX, Linux and Windows all 3 OS on one laptop, MC8700 might be the best choice for working across all 3 OS!
  14. These are AT command for Ericsson modem, but most of them are industry standard, can be used for any WWAN card: Ericsson_F5521gw_AT_commands.rtf
  15. For SMS message, some modem has 2 modes to show it , Encoded(0) or Text(1) mode. others such as Ericsson F5521gw, only Encoded mode. Text mode is easy for human to read it directly. by typing AT+CMGF=?, Modem will return (0) only or (0) +(1) if there is (1) returned, AT+CMGF=1 can switch Modem to show SMS as text directly. for me, no luck for that. I can only read SMS with encoded mode, type AT+CMGL to show all messages in SIM card: I saw 3 messages, not a big deal, there is free online SMS decoder to use, copy and paste the data, decode it as text: Done, SMS messages are read and translated!
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