Using a Dell Wireless 5620 EV-DO-HSPA in Thailand

The Dell Wireless 5620 Multi-Mode Gobi Mobile Broadband Mini-Card is a great way to add mobile broadband (HSDPA, EVDO, EDGE, 3G) to your Dell Latitude E series laptop without having to use an external modem or Internet tethering.

The modem is generally shipped with an AT&T configuration profile so I’ve drafted up some instructions on how to make the card work with other providers, specifically those in Thailand.

First of all, install the Dell Mobile Broadband Utility (DMBU) also known as: R275082.exe from http://support.dell.com. This is the “Dell Mobile Broadband Utility” also referred to as the Novatel Wireless HSUPA manager.

Once you have installed the Dell Mobile Broadband Utility (DMBU), reboot your machine then insert your True, AIS or DTAC SIM card into the rear of your laptop. On the Dell Latitude E6400 and E6410 the SIM card slot is located underneith the battery. Reboot your machine again.

Open the DMBU and select the wireless icon in the top left corner. Select “Settings” then “Network Selection” then select:

Provider: Generic
Technology: UMTS
Region: EU
Version: 0A090012

Then click “Load”.

Share an Internet connection with Virtual Router

This article is for the road warriors among us…

While travelling its not uncommon to have to pay for access to a hotel, airport or airline wireless network in order to access the Internet. Whilst this generally isn’t an issue for the lone business man, when traveling with groups of people it can get very expense.

Enter Virtual Router!

Virtual Router, available at http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com, is a virtual router for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 systems. Based on Microsoft’s Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wifi) technology, virtual router allows you to share the wireless (or LAN) connection on your computer with multiple other computers. It does this by emulating the behavior of a wireless router and allows your colleges to connect to a SSID (wireless network name) that you define with a WPA2 password you set, then share the same connection your using.

The configuration interface is straight forward:

Virtual Router Screenshot

And consists of three user-configurable options: