morkhans

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I'm going to try and collect all router information here about what people have got working. If you get a router working please post the model, firmware and any tricks you needed to make things work. Also post the model of the Cell C modem you have and if things like SMS / USSD is supported.

Check your data bundle balance online:
http://www.cellc.co.za/login/page/login
Discussions and problems with online site here.

[-]Cell C now supply the Huawei D105 which is a USB router.[/-]

USB Routers
Netgear MBR624GU
Tech Specs: http://www.netgear.co.uk/wireless_3g_router_mbr624gu.php
Supported Modems: http://www.netgear.com/3gsupport/mbrn3000/apac/soutafrica.aspx
SMS: ?
USSD: ?
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...C-USB-Modems?p=4815742&viewfull=1#post4815742 http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...C-USB-Modems?p=4840596&viewfull=1#post4840596

Dovado UMR
Tech Specs: http://www.dovado.com/UMR.html
Supported Modems: http://www.dovado.com/umrmodems.html
SMS: Yes
USSD: ?
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...C-USB-Modems?p=4824334&viewfull=1#post4824334 http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...C-USB-Modems?p=4842706&viewfull=1#post4842706

Dovado 4GR
Tech Specs: http://www.dovado.com/4GR.html
Supported Modems: http://www.dovado.com/4GRmodems.html
SMS: Yes
USSD: ?
Posts: ?

Sitecom WL-326
Tech Specs: http://www.sitecom.com/Wireless-3G-Ready-Router/p/762
Supported Modems: http://www.sitecom.com/download/4456/3G-supported-list-20100608.pdf
SMS: ?
USSD: ?
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...ile-internet?p=4858310&viewfull=1#post4858310 http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...ile-internet?p=5189991&viewfull=1#post5189991

MikroTik RB411U, RB751U-2HnD
Tech Specs: RB411U RB751U-2HnD
Supported Modems: http://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Supported_Hardware#3G_cards (E1820 & K4505 require ROS v5.x+, E1752 untested, K4605 requires ROS v5.13+)
SMS: Yes, see http://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Sms
USSD: Yes, with serial-terminal redirection
USB 2.0 Power: 5V @ 1.0A
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...ile-internet?p=4973985&viewfull=1#post4973985 http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...-HSPA-Modems?p=7431527&viewfull=1#post7431527
Note: Upgrade to at least ROS 5.7 recommended http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/273744?p=6875582#post6875582
Thread: MikroTik RouterBoard and USB 3G Modems

TP-LINK MR3420 / MR3220 / MR3020
Tech Specs: MR3420 MR3220
Supported Modems: http://www.tp-link.com/common/subject/3g-router/compatible/list/?siteid=1
SMS: No
USSD: No
Posts: Review by MightyMuffinMan http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...C-USB-Modems?p=4816608&viewfull=1#post4816608 http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...ile-internet?p=4985767&viewfull=1#post4985767 MR3020 Review
MyBB Review: http://mybroadband.co.za/news/hardware/30750-tp-link-tl-mr3420-router-review.html
Best Deal: Get 15% off from Uniterm Direct when you tell them you are a MBB member http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...-C-UMTS-HSPA?p=5339445&viewfull=1#post5339445
Throughput problems? (modem is fast on PC but slow on router) - see note at the bottom of this post

TP-LINK MR3420 / MR3220 - BIN Files
Bin files allow you to add unsupported modems to existing firmware. TP Link provide bin files for download and you can also make your own using their software.
Bin File Downloads: http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/3g/
MF190 (Beta Firmware for Cell-C): http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...-C-UMTS-HSPA?p=5561079&viewfull=1#post5561079 - Possibly superseded by more recent bin files on the TP Link site.
MF668: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...-C-UMTS-HSPA?p=5646279&viewfull=1#post5646279 - Possibly superseded by more recent bin files on the TP Link site.
E372: You can probably give the TP Link firmware and bin file a go before resorting to flashing your E372 firmware as described in the post: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...-HSPA-Modems?p=6911688&viewfull=1#post6911688


Draytek Vigor 2820n
Tech Specs: http://www.draytek.com.tw/user/PdInfoDetail.php?Id=18#PdInfo
Supported Modems: http://www.draytek.com.tw/user/SupportFAQDetail.php?ID=1991
SMS: ?
USSD: ?
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...ile-internet?p=5063769&viewfull=1#post5063769

Huawei D105
Tech Specs: Not on Huawei's website
SMS: ?
USSD: ?
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/273744?p=5073345#post5073345
Best Deal: Cell C stores, R599. http://www.cellc.co.za/internet/routers

D-Link DIR-451
Tech Specs: http://www.dlink-africa.com/products/?sec=0&pid=547
SMS: ?
USSD: ?
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...ile-internet?p=5165475&viewfull=1#post5165475

TRENDnet TEW-655BR3G
Tech Specs: http://www.trendnet.com/langen/products/proddetail.asp?prod=210_TEW-655BR3G&cat=41
Supported Modems: http://www.trendnet.com/support/?support=compatibility_list&id=13
SMS: no
USSD: no
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...-C-UMTS-HSPA?p=5931975&viewfull=1#post5931975


3G Routers
Vodafone R201
Tech Specs: http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/productFeatures.do?pinfoId=2690&directoryId=2462&treeId=462
SMS: ?
USSD: ?
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...oiz!-(New-Vodafone-R201-router)-Now-available http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...C-USB-Modems?p=4846718&viewfull=1#post4846718

Huawei (Vodafone) B970b
Tech Specs: http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwi...nfoId=2529&directoryId=5013&treeId=3342&tab=0
SMS: No
USSD: No
Thread: Huawei B970/B970b HSPA Router

Huawei E585
Tech Specs: http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/productFeatures.do?pinfoId=2682&directoryId=2462&treeId=462
SMS: Yes
USSD: No
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...-C-UMTS-HSPA?p=5321193&viewfull=1#post5321193

Huawei E683
Tech Specs: Not on Huawei's website
SMS: No
USSD: No
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/273744?p=8268479#post8268479
Thread: Huawei B683 3G router / modem + wifi

Other Options
INTELLINET NETWORK SOLUTIONS Wireless 150N Portable 3G Router
Posts: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthr...ile-internet?p=4950137&viewfull=1#post4950137


General issues
Router not supplying enough power to the USB modem?
Try a 5V USB power injector, such as the MikroTik 5VUSB adapter.

Throughput problems? (modem is fast on PC but slow on router)
Could be due to bandwidth control on the router. More here: http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/394217?p=7595473#post7595473
 
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dansmith

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Mobile Internet + Wireless Router/Modem

Hi CellC mobile internet peeps,

I recently signed up to the 5GB 21 mbps CellC deal in CT and am loving it.
I'm now thinking it would be great to be able to use it wirelessly - for laptop and iphone, etc.
Has anyone looked into using it with some form of mobile wireless router converter?
Does something like this even exist in SA?

thanks
/d
 

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Has anyone looked into using it with some form of mobile wireless router converter?
Does something like this even exist in SA?
I'm thinking the MikroTik RB411U and a Wireless-N card might be a good solution.
 

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I bought a Netgear wireless router from Incredible connection, can't remember the product code but it was the only one there from Netgear and works like a dream (once it's set-up which took a few minutes!). Works fine with the Cell C black dongle.
 

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I have used three of these products, a Netgear MBR624GU, a Huawei D100T, and a Dovado.

All of them work fine, although I believe that there may be more modern products out now (supporting Wireless "N", for example).

The Netgear and Dovado have new firmware available that would support the Cell C E1820, not sure about the Huawei.
 
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dansmith

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Currently running the Cellc 21mbps dongle through a Netgear MBR624GU router and both laptop and iphone are connected via wifi and happy.

bought the Netgear router second hand for R600
the CellC deal is R2999 over 12 months

so that's R300 per month for a 6mbps (on average) home wireless network. pretty sweet.
 

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Methinks you would have got a better deal with a TP-LINK MR3420 3G wireless-N router: it has better WLAN performance, is cheaper AND would have been in warranty; but hey, that's just my opinion... :p
 

ginggs

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Methinks you would have got a better deal with a TP-LINK MR3420 3G wireless-N router: it has better WLAN performance, is cheaper AND would have been in warranty; but hey, that's just my opinion... :p
Nice find, thanks for sharing. :)

Anyone dealt with dbg.co.za or used TP-Link products before?
 

bdt

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Nice find, thanks for sharing. :)

Anyone dealt with dbg.co.za or used TP-Link products before?
's for the greater good to share ..and yes and yes. ;). I've gotten several goodies (the WRT54GL is dead, long live the TL-WR1043ND!) :D from 'em in the last several months. OK, I'm in cross-Jozi delivery range but they're spot-on with their courier handling so I'd be gobsmacked to hear of a hassle sending down your way.
 

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I've probably not been paying attention, but I can't easily find the details of the manufacturer/model of the USB modem on the R2999 package. Could someone please clue me in! I have a Dovado UMR and want to check if the 21.6mbps USB is supported)


You've got to love Cell C's approach. you are locked in for 1 year and have to pre-pay the whole year, but in exchange... you get the fastest, cheapest network in the country and a brand new 21.6 USB modem. Excellent.

Now if they could just announce JNB!!
 

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I've probably not been paying attention, but I can't easily find the details of the manufacturer/model of the USB modem on the R2999 package. Could someone please clue me in! I have a Dovado UMR and want to check if the 21.6mbps USB is supported)
The Dovado thread ..enjoy. :p
 

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I've probably not been paying attention, but I can't easily find the details of the manufacturer/model of the USB modem on the R2999 package. Could someone please clue me in! I have a Dovado UMR and want to check if the 21.6mbps USB is supported)


You've got to love Cell C's approach. you are locked in for 1 year and have to pre-pay the whole year, but in exchange... you get the fastest, cheapest network in the country and a brand new 21.6 USB modem. Excellent.

Now if they could just announce JNB!!


Huawei E1752 HSPA and 1820 HSPA+
 

Tobi-5520

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Cell C & Dovado

Has anybody got the 21.6 modem to work on a Dovado UMR router?
 

RichardG

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Check on Dovado website. The model you are looking for is the E1820 Huawei...

I did check their website early on today and they did have it on their list for the 4G
 

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Thanks, yes I actually got it to work last night. Incidentally, this is up in Gauteng - bought my modem in PE this week and it works here, even though not launched yet. The only further question I have is how to check the data balance through the Dovado router.
 

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BDT & RichardG: Thanks for that. Also good news for me, the Dovado UMR supports the 1820 & even has SMS support, so I'm going up in the world (well once 4Gs arrives in JNB)!

Cheers
 

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I have a B970b and it has the option to select GSM900 and W900 so i assume that it'll work on Cellc. Can someone verify this for me please :)

Thanks
 
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