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HP Notebook PCs - Connecting to a WWAN
This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista.
Overview of Wireless Wide Area Network
Your PC can connect to the internet using wireless wide area network (WWAN) broadband data equipment and services. You can browse the internet and check e-mail from anywhere you can get a cell phone signal. You must subscribe to a WWAN service and you must have a provider-specific WWAN card installed in your PC before you can use the wireless wide area network service with your HP notebook PC.
Your service provider will be able to help you to set up your service and with any connection issues that you may encounter.
The wireless wide area network (WWAN) adapter is built-in to some HP notebook PCs, and adapters can be purchased and installed in other notebook PCs. Because it is a new technology, WWAN cannot be installed on all older PCs. Also, the wireless adapters for Bluetooth and wireless local area network (LAN) networks cannot access a WWAN network.
Currently, there are only a few major WWAN service providers, and they charge a fee for their broadband service. Each service requires the installation of a provider-specific WWAN card, and similar to your cell phone service, the WWAN card from one provider does not work with the service from another provider. For example, you cannot use a WWAN card from AT&T if you subscribe to Verizon's WWAN service.
Location of a WWAN card and SIM
There are two pieces of hardware required to use a wireless wide area network: an HP Broadband Wireless Module, and a SIM card. These components are located in different places depending on the model of computer.
Connecting to a WWAN
If your mobile WWAN operator is not listed on the screen, or if the connection settings for the mobile WWAN operator are different from the settings provided, you can manually create a connection profile to the service provider. Prior to creating the profile, you must contact the service provider to obtain the access point name (APN), username, password, and connection settings.
To set up a profile, Click Start, Control Panel, then Network and Sharing Center. Then click Set up a new connection or network to begin the process of setting up a new profile.
Network and Sharing Center
To create a mobile operator WWAN profile, do the following:
You should now be connected to your WWAN service.
Updating the software and drivers
HP periodically updates both HP Connection Manager software and drivers for the mobile broadband module. You can download and install the software and driver updates from the HP Web site as follows: