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Internal Mobile Broadband Card

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by NeverWinter, 10 Oct 2009.

  1. NeverWinter


    Joined: 25 Mar 2003

    Posts: 5,705

    Location: Birmingham

    I'm fed up of taking my dongle with me everywhere and was looking to buy an internal card for my M1530.

    Is the Dell 5520 the one that I need? (i'm with vodafone not that I think that would make a difference).
  2. Aod


    Joined: 7 Oct 2004

    Posts: 8,675

    Location: London

    your laptop will need to have an available mini-PCIe slot and both the WWAN antenna And the actual sim-card receptacle. check you've got 'em before splashing out.

    although, it's likely that you will have the slot if you've got the antenna and vice-versa.
  3. thedinks


    Joined: 2 Sep 2008

    Posts: 825

    Location: Mynydd Isa

    You could always get an express card type.
  4. NeverWinter


    Joined: 25 Mar 2003

    Posts: 5,705

    Location: Birmingham

    I know I have the sim-card slot, I also have the spare mini-PCIe slot. I assume the antenna is the wire that should be by the PCIe slot?
  5. L33

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Apr 2003

    Posts: 1,802

    Yes you should have a pair of grey & black antenna cables going towards the WWAN slot, they're identical to the ones that you'll see connected to your wifi card.

    Just to let you know the 5520 (rebadged novatel expedite EU870D) is useless with Windows 7 x64 if you are planning on (or are) using that. I've replaced mine with a sierra wireless MC8775 until there is native win 7 driver support.
    Last edited: 15 Oct 2009