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Kuma
28th September 2006, 08:53 PM
Back in the day I had a PCMCIA card for wireless roaming with my powerbook.
My brother has a newish macbook without PCMCIA and wants to wireless roaming... ie sitting on a beach and check email etc

what are the best options in Aust for this...

cheers

tigerlily
28th September 2006, 09:07 PM
He should be able to use his mobile phone (if he has a recent model) as a modem. You can connect to it wirelessly with bluetooth as long as the mobile has those capabilities.

Another option is finding some local WiFi hotspot, like at cafes, and connecting it there for a price.

Exocet
28th September 2006, 09:15 PM
Telstra Minimax? Its a USB device, or as tigerlilly said use a compatible mobile phone. For decent speeds though you'd want a 3G mobile, you'd push around 384kbit. Standard 2.5G phone you'd only get 36.4kbit, Minimax gives you at least 144kbit, with 300-600kbit in capital cities and major regional centres with bursts up to 2.4mbit.

deco20
28th September 2006, 09:22 PM
It depends on where you are is Aust and what you are doing for the best recommendation.

the best offering that work well with a Mac are a mini max usb dongle. These are plan depended. two different types of plans, mb allowance plans for always on but small downloads, or a time based plan that offers unlimited downloads.


here (http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/business/products/mobilebroadband.htm)


And If you by one on a 24mth plan now you can upgrade to a new 3g one when the network is released.

Yes, i used to work for telstra, but i quit the other day so no loyalty here

Exocet
28th September 2006, 09:24 PM
deco - which department? WDCS representing here :D

deco20
28th September 2006, 09:31 PM
exocet, I used be be a account manager in Rockhampton but before that a corporate mobiles specialist.