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    Default WiFi Router for USB Broadband Modem.. Airport Exteme?

    hey all,

    I've just moved into an apartment with no phone line, and need internet.. thinking my only reasonable option is mobile broadband. Wondering if the Airport Extreme works with a mobile broadband modem? If not, any suggestions as to which ones do?

    thanks heaps
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    Nope - the AirPort Extreme is not a mobile broadband modem.

    You could pay to get a phone line installed. But if you're a light internet user, 3G broadband is pretty good. Go with 3 or Vodafone (or Telstra if you want the best and can afford it). They'll give you a USB modem that you plug in to your computer and away you go.

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    Actually I'm quite a heavy internet user, but I dont want to install a phoen line and ADSL as i'm only going to be in this apartment for 6 months.. figure i can use my dad's connection to download big stuff, or download at work.

    You haven't really answered my question.. i want to setup a wifi network in my apartment whereby i can network my media centre mac and my macbook pro, and share the usb internet connection... maybe i should just setup a network on my mac mini and share the internet connection from there, though i've never done that before... thoughts on this?

    i was thinking of going with virgin - their pricing seems the most reasonable. I have an iphone with them, and the 3G internet is excellent in my apartment (downloaded a file at 400KB/sec last night!)... so i figure their mobile broadband will be the same.. is that a safe assumption to make?

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregoriusness View Post
    Actually I'm quite a heavy internet user, but I dont want to install a phoen line and ADSL as i'm only going to be in this apartment for 6 months.. figure i can use my dad's connection to download big stuff, or download at work.

    You haven't really answered my question.. i want to setup a wifi network in my apartment whereby i can network my media centre mac and my macbook pro, and share the usb internet connection... maybe i should just setup a network on my mac mini and share the internet connection from there, though i've never done that before... thoughts on this?

    i was thinking of going with virgin - their pricing seems the most reasonable. I have an iphone with them, and the 3G internet is excellent in my apartment (downloaded a file at 400KB/sec last night!)... so i figure their mobile broadband will be the same.. is that a safe assumption to make?

    cheers
    greg
    If that's the case, you can use the Mac Mini and share the connection from there over wi-fi to any other devices. In the Mac's system preferences, there is an Internet Sharing option - that's what you use.

    I personally wouldn't recommend Optus or Virgin, but if you are satisfied with the speeds and coverage you get, then go for it.

    Virgin have 7GB/month for $49/month plans (24 month contract), or you can get 10GB pre-paid for $149 (credit lasts 1 yr) + a modem for $89 (with 2GB of included data)

    Vodafone have a better deal at the moment, where you get 12GB pre-paid for $149 and 10% if you buy it from Woolworths (so it's $134.10) and a modem for $79 (which includes 1GB of data).

    Seeing as you're only going to be there for 6 months, I wouldn't recommend going on a 24 month contract.

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    Thanks for that.. I'm thinking internet sharing is the best way forward for now, as its really just a temporary solution.

    Thanks for the heads up on different plans... do you think vodafone is better than optus/virgin?

    Pity they're so damn expensive.. really gotta curb my interent usage in a big way. Maybe it'll encourage me to get to the gym and out with friends more often. hehehe

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