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    Default Can I use mu Sierra Wireless Card

    Hi,

    I have a Sierra Wireless USB modem "USBconnect 881" and I wan it to use it as a wifi antenna, why you ask?
    Cause my laptop internal antenna wont initialized maybe driver problems ...

    But because I'm not a power user and I just want to connect to my near hot spot .. want to try this wireless modem to see
    if I can put it to work.

    What do I need? what drivers do I need to install?

    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: Can I use mu Sierra Wireless Card

    From what I've seen, it seems that you are trying to use a mobile card (hspa/gprs) as a wireless 802.11 device. This won't obviously work, that kind of card is supposed to run with a SIM card and connect to mobile phone networks, not wireless AP's/hotspots. Here's an excerpt from their site:
    Sierra Wireless’s newly unveiled HSUPA-capable product line includes the AirCard® 881 Data Card. This card offers tri-band UMTS/HSPA and quad-band GPRS/EDGE for global connectivity and worldwide roaming.
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    Default Re: Can I use mu Sierra Wireless Card

    well the card is actually a wifi antenna ... i tested in win without a simcard ... works great ... i was just asking if anyone knows
    what drivers it uses!!

    Thanks for your reply.

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    Default Re: Can I use mu Sierra Wireless Card

    Absolutely not for WiFi. 801.22 is not compatible with 802.11.

    From: Sierra Wireless USBConnect 881 review
    ...the 881 supports all four GSM/EDGE bands and the 850, 1900, and 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA bands for true world roaming.
    As this is GSM or CDMA, this will not work on the 2.4GHz range that WiFi runs on.

    If you want to use it to connect to your local GSM or CDMA provider, it may be supported in Linux, more specifically BackTrack 4, but you may also need to get drivers in order to use it.
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    Default Re: Can I use mu Sierra Wireless Card

    Quote Originally Posted by mazterpr View Post
    well the card is actually a wifi antenna ... i tested in win without a simcard ... works great ...
    Are you saying that you can actually see wireless networks with that card? That would be... odd?

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    Default Re: Can I use mu Sierra Wireless Card

    Quote Originally Posted by mazterpr View Post
    well the card is actually a wifi antenna ... i tested in win without a simcard ... works great ... i was just asking if anyone knows
    what drivers it uses!!

    Thanks for your reply.
    I think you're referring to the software installed from your mobile card can see other wireless networks from your internal wireless card?

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    Default Re: Can I use mu Sierra Wireless Card

    Quote Originally Posted by mazterpr View Post
    well the card is actually a wifi antenna ... i tested in win without a simcard ... works great ... i was just asking if anyone knows
    what drivers it uses!!

    Thanks for your reply.
    You managed to post this before I got mine in. Uhhhh.... now I'm totally confused.

    Check this out:
    Software enabled switching allows the user to move easily to the laptop’s WiFi interface if need be.
    From: Sierra Wireless USBConnect 881 UMTS Data Modem w/ HSUPA
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