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20th June 2006, 04:12 PM
Hi all , this is my first post ,so please go easy, we are a small company about to make the switch from PC to Apple, purchasing MBP 15INCH and IMAC 20 INCH.. As i travel a fair bit i have been using a Netconnect card from 3 for mobile broadband as Wireless hotspots either are just too awkward to use, ie sitting in maccas etc, plus the costs hotels charge for the privilige, make the 3 option very attractive and it works...
anyway as MPB has the new card slot does any one know of an adaptor i can purchase to make this pcmcia card work in mac slot?? :)

20th June 2006, 04:25 PM
I did a lot of looking on some tech sites, I cannot see an adapter (does not mean there is not one, nor one in the works). However have you looked to see if they do a USB version of what you need?

The Architect.mac
20th June 2006, 04:35 PM
no adapters as yet because the newer express card is a smaller form factor. this is going to be a big issue for MacBook Pro buyers until express versions of mobile broadband cards become available. The only other option might be to look at hooking up through a 3 phone if you use one until they become available...

best of luck... Welcome to ATAU


20th June 2006, 04:37 PM
not only do they have a different form factor, they are also extreamly different technologies and i doubt there will ever be an adapter.

The Architect.mac
20th June 2006, 04:41 PM
yes, pci express interface architecture if im not mistaken , islayer is right no adapters..

Maybe something like this is your interim - a USB PCMCIA enclosure...

http://www.oreillynet.com/digitalmedia/blo...bus_pcmcia.html (http://www.oreillynet.com/digitalmedia/blog/2006/01/usb_adapter_for_cardbus_pcmcia.html)

20th June 2006, 04:44 PM
Thanks guys, and gals, i thought as much as i had trawled google etc and could come up with anything, have spoken with 3 ,which drew a few blank looks, will have to suffer wireless for now unitl the card companies get there proverbial together...

22nd June 2006, 08:04 AM
Hi Bigvern In anticipation of migrating to a MBP soon i chose a wireless broadband solution i knew would be forwards compatible. The minimax modem from maxon.com.au is usb and has a great mac interface with a simple connect/disconnect button!
I bought mine second hand on enay for $250 and im on no contract deal with telstra for 10hrs access for $29 per month and i can change fron plan to plan with no hassles. its dual band in a way being both cdmax1 and evdo so the coverage is much much better anyway than the 3G cards from voda and 3 (as far as i understand anyhoo) and on maxon's site they list universal binary drivers available for mac too. so far im very happy with speed and coverage so check it out. i think they also have some deal of $49pm including the modem on a 24month thing if your into contracts.


22nd June 2006, 02:54 PM
Bigvern, do you have a three phone, preferably bluetooth that you can use instead?

I've seen this done successfully. All you need is a bluetooth three phone, or one with a USB cable, and an appropriate modem script, and then you don't need the PCMCIA card.

There is a thread on the modems scripts somewhere on the forum.

This way you get the higher speeds.

29th June 2006, 07:53 PM
Thanks Wingrove/choy i took a look at the usb option from Telstra and i think this will be the best option, only have Moto v3 and have used this for emails in past, but stopped after costs outstripped my mortgage payments..
will wait another week or so to see if any other developments on this front, as ordered the glossy MPB and its a few days away yet, got the imac though and very impressed so far.... :)

30th June 2006, 08:03 PM
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.......but the minimax isn't supported on macbook pros.

See this link:
http://www.maxon.com.au/products/consumers...inimax-home.asp (http://www.maxon.com.au/products/consumers/consumers-minimax-home.asp)

I don't know much about their service or hardware, but have a look at http://www.iburst.com.au maybe that will be closer to what you want. But the downside is their USB device needs a power brick so you will need to be "plugged" to use it anyway.

25th July 2006, 02:34 PM
I have spoken to 3 today and discussed this very issue.

They claim to have knowledge of an adaptor for this application.

one of their rep's is visiting me tomorrow to demonstrate - so I will post up with any information I find out.