Configure AT&T Broadband Card on Windows 7
Like a lot of people I am trying out the Windows 7 Beta on one of my laptops. Though I haven’t dug into it very far I have to say that so far, I like it. In fact, I think I already like it more than Vista, although to some people that isn’t saying much.
I like it so much that I really want to start using it on my main laptop. What better way to dig into the nuts & bolts of the thing then using it every day? Installs were going surprisingly good until I ran into a show stopper (at least for me).
The laptop is a Dell with the built-in 5500 broadband data card for AT&T. Windows Update does have a beta driver for the device but the software from Dell to connect to the Internet does not install. After a few hours of searching the Internet for a beta version of the software, I remembered something I did a long time ago when I use to tether my good ole Cingular 8125 to my laptop. I just created a Dial-up connection. Here’s how I did it.
- Open the Network and Sharing Center.
- Click Set up a new connection or network.
- Select Connect to the Internet & click Next.
- Select Dial-up.
- Select the broadband wireless card (i.e. Dell Wireless 5500 Mobile Broadband).
- Configure the Dial-up info as follows & click Connect.
- Dial-up phone number: *99#
- User name: WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
- Password: CINGULAR1
- Remember this password: Checked
- Connection name: AT&T
- Allow other people to use this connection: Checked
- When prompted to choose the network location, select Public.