Previously I knew that there is a single empty slot on the notebook's mainboard for a Mini PCI module. And also, actually I want to free-up one USB port rather than using an all-day-long attached 3G USB modem's dongle.
I bought it from Jakartanotebook, it was costs about $16 at the time.
The specifications of this modem are as follows :
|External interface||Compliant to PCI-SIG PCI Express Mini Card version 1.2(Support USB 2.0 protocol)|
|Technical Standard||CDMA 2000 1XRTT ；
Compatible to CDMA IS-95 A/B 800/1900MHz；
CDMA 2000 1x EVDO Rev.0 800/1900 MHz；
CDMA 2000 1x EVDO Rev.A 800/1900 MHz；
|Operating Frequency||CDMA/EVDO 800M
|Data Rate||EVDO Rev.A data service of up to DL 3.1 Mbps/UL 1.8Mbps|
|Max. transmitter power||CDMA 800 MHz :+23 dBm（Power Class 3）;
CDMA 1900 MHz +23 dBm（Power Class 2）;
|Maximum power consumption||Average power consumption <= 3.6W|
|AT command Sets||support 3GPP 27007 AT commands, and some Huawei defined commands.|
|RUIM||support RUIM,standard 6 PIN UIM card interface,support 3V and 1.8V UIM card|
|Receive Diversity||800/1900Mhz receive diversity|
|Antenna interface||Use Hirose U.FL-R-SMT connector|
|driver||Supporting Windows 2000 、Windows XP、Vista and Linux(2.6.18 later)|
|Operating Temperature||-10 to 55° C|
|Storage Temperature||-20 to 70° C|
|OS Support||Supporting Windows 2000 、Windows XP、Vista and Linux(2.6.18 later)|
|SMS service||Supporting SMS based on CDMA 1x|
|Language||English ( can be customized)|
To install this module on the notebook is quite easy. I opened the bottom of the laptop (unscrew). The Mini PCI's slot is quite easy to find, it located next to the SIM Card slot.
Plug the modem module carefully, lock it with (two) screws. There are two cables from notebook, each color Blue and Red. Now connect the blue cable connector to the antenna port labeled "A" (mean Auxiliary) and the red wire to the antenna port labeled "M" (mean Main). Do a gentle tap to make sure the connector is attached closely. And lastly, I do inserting the SIM card into its slot.
Test Drive :
This modem does not require special treatment. And it was immediately recognized as Huawei E169/E620/E800 HSDPA Modem by Linux (Ubuntu) without installing any drivers.
On Microsoft Windows XP / 7, this modem is also 100% compatible with Mobile Partner application from Huawei.
So how about the speed?. Well the modem is pretty stable and fast, and a little to warm if you're on a high load (such as downloading or watching youtube), of course without buffering :-)
And this is the Speedtest.net result of this modem with AHA (CDMA, from Bakrie Telecom) card (4GB Unlimited Plan, bandwidth 600kbps)
At last, no more USB dongle attached :-)