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[[image:novatel_merlin_ex720.png|left|Sprint Novatel Merlin EX720 ExpressCard/34|thumb]]Activation of the Novatel Merlin EX720 had originally turned out to be a royal PITA on my MacBook Pro.  The card clearly indicates on the Sprint website support for Mac OS X (10.4+).  The CD that came with the card included only Windows software, and the documentation on the CD had no mention of Apple Macintosh or OS X.
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[[image:novatel_merlin_ex720.jpg|right|Sprint Novatel Merlin EX720 ExpressCard/34|thumb]]
  
[[image:working_3g_icon.png|right]]After some heavy Googling, I found an outdated site that listed a rather lengthy process of installing Parallels or Boot Camp to get the Windows activation software running on your Mac.  See, the card cannot be activated with the adapter for some reason.  It *must* be in an ExpressCard slot to work.  The site, [http://mwgblog.com MWGblog] linked to some outdated files on the Sprint websiteThese included supposedly new Mac drivers and documentation. A little looking around brought me to the [http://www4.sprint.com/pcsbusiness/downloads/NovatelMacIntegration.zip Movatel Mac Integration] package.  This zip file includes two documents, one for OS X Tiger, and one for OS X Leopard.  In addition, there was a software package for installation, which was, to my amazement, the Sprint Activation Utility.  Wooo!!!!11!!!1!
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The Novatel Merlin EX720 is an ExpressCard/34 adapter for high-speed CDMA broadband networks, namely Sprint.  This card is compatible with Mac and PC.
  
[[image:working_3g_menu.png|right]]After installing the utility and following it's instructions to activate the card, all was well.  Here are a few pointers for your journey down this path:
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=== Features ===
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* External Antenna Port
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* ExpressCard/34
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* Flip-up Antenna
  
# You'll need the following three pieces of information:
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== Activation ==
## MDN (10-digit number)
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I ran into some issues with activation on my MacBook Pro, initially.  The card is specifically identified as compatible with Mac OS X 10.4+, yet no drivers or software for the Mac are included on the disk accompanying the hardware.
## MSID (10-digit number)
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## Lock (10-digit number)
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# When you've activated the card and connect for the first time, you'll be asked for a username and password.  Enter anything at all.  It's a legacy appearance having to do with the Mac's PPP stack.  This information isn't used or checked by Sprint.
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After some heave searching on [http://www.google.com Google], I found [http://www4.sprint.com/pcsbusiness/downloads/NovatelMacIntegration.zip Sprint's Novatel Mac integration package].  This zip file includes two documents, one for OS X Tiger, and one for OS X Leopard.  Included in the package was the Sprint activation utility for Mac.
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[[image:working_3g_icon.png|center]]
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After installing the utility and following it's instructions to activate the card, all was well.  Here are a few pointers for your journey down this path:[[image:working_3g_menu.png|center]]
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<ol><li>You'll need the following three pieces of information:
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<ol><li>MDN (10-digit number)</li>
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<li>MSID (10-digit number)</li>
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<li>Lock (10-digit number)</li></ol>
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<li>When you've activated the card and connect for the first time, you'll be asked for a username and password.  Enter anything at all.  It's a legacy appearance having to do with the Mac's PPP stack.  This information isn't used or checked by Sprint.</li></ol>
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== Configuration with Linksys WRT-54G3G-ST ==
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First, make sure you have the latest [http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_CASupport_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1175237416666&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&lid=1666641396B20&displaypage=nodata#versiondetail Linksys firmware].
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[[Category: Sprint]] [[Category: Broadband]] [[Category: Mac OS X]]

Latest revision as of 16:35, 26 November 2010

Sprint Novatel Merlin EX720 ExpressCard/34

The Novatel Merlin EX720 is an ExpressCard/34 adapter for high-speed CDMA broadband networks, namely Sprint. This card is compatible with Mac and PC.

Features

  • External Antenna Port
  • ExpressCard/34
  • Flip-up Antenna

Activation

I ran into some issues with activation on my MacBook Pro, initially. The card is specifically identified as compatible with Mac OS X 10.4+, yet no drivers or software for the Mac are included on the disk accompanying the hardware.

After some heave searching on Google, I found Sprint's Novatel Mac integration package. This zip file includes two documents, one for OS X Tiger, and one for OS X Leopard. Included in the package was the Sprint activation utility for Mac.

Working 3g icon.png
After installing the utility and following it's instructions to activate the card, all was well. Here are a few pointers for your journey down this path:
Working 3g menu.png
  1. You'll need the following three pieces of information:
    1. MDN (10-digit number)
    2. MSID (10-digit number)
    3. Lock (10-digit number)
  2. When you've activated the card and connect for the first time, you'll be asked for a username and password. Enter anything at all. It's a legacy appearance having to do with the Mac's PPP stack. This information isn't used or checked by Sprint.

Configuration with Linksys WRT-54G3G-ST

First, make sure you have the latest Linksys firmware.

this section needs work