CF-30 MK3, Sierra MC7700, and Win10 x64?

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  1. SugarD-x

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    So after doing quite a bit of research, (although I still really have no idea what I'm doing here!), I'm looking at possibly popping a Sierra MC7700 card into a WWAN sled and giving it a try with my CF-30 MK3. (For testing purposes, I'll probably start out using one of T-Mobile's cheesy prepaid data passes until I can confirm the setup works). For reference, my system is running Windows 10 Pro x64, and as per another topic I read, this should theoretically work just fine if I can find the correct drivers.

    I'm wondering what people's thoughts are on this, and if they have any recommendations or pertinent information they can provide. My reasoning behind doing so is both for my personal use, and because I would like to potentially integrate such a system into a fleet of vehicles with the same model Toughbook so they have constant high-speed internet access. (Right now the fleet uses cheap laptops we intend to replace, with a "MiFi" hotspot providing 4G LTE data access).

    As I've also read, this is not directly supported by Panasonic or this particular Toughbook model, but I'm willing to put in the time and money if it is successful. That also being said, I'm not looking to upgrade to newer systems to get around this.

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    I've also read that the MC7700 can connect to multiple carriers, but may not support most of the common 4G LTE bands used now. As far as I can tell, this card is also "end of life". Would I be better off using the Sierra MC7354 instead? I have no problem with paying more for a better card, but I haven't seen anyone else actually try this yet with that card.
     
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    I have used the MC7700 in a CF-31 with the T-Mo "Any Tablet" Plan, and it works fine. Look for my posts on the subject. It will also work with AT&T of course, or any of their resellers, unless you adapted some kind of Mult-SIM card adapter. It will not work with a non-GSM provider like Sprint or Verizon.
     
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    Awesome! Thank you! I think I saw some of your old posts about that recently. Looking at prices online, I may end up going with the MC7354 instead after all, since that model is still "supported". I'll definitely be looking at the T-Mobile plan you mentioned too if all goes as planned!
     
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    Sorry, Due to a typo my post should have said:

    I have used the MC7700 in a CF-31 with the T-Mo "Any Tablet" Plan, and it works fine. Look for my posts on the subject. It will also work with AT&T of course, or any of their resellers, but only if you adapted some kind of Mult-SIM card adapter. It will not work with a non-GSM provider like Sprint or Verizon


    EDIT: Or if there was some kind of roaming agreement in place.
     
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    Good to know! Thanks! :D
     
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    Don't mean to bump this, but as an update I went ahead and snagged the MC7354 instead. (The increased support and number of bands was worth an extra $25 on eBay to me). Just waiting for that, a T-Mobile SIM card pack, and a WWAN sled to arrive so I can start playing with it! According to eBay and T-Mobile, (assuming they don't take their precious little time shipping them out), the mad scientist experiment should begin some time next week.

    Azrial, I really appreciate the information. I think you have me sold on that plan. If all works out on a one-week pass and the hardware doesn't give me any problems, I think I'll be going with that one.
     
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    Another bump for an update! Still waiting on T-Mobile to take their precious little time sending me the SIM card, however good news already! I popped the MC7354 into my system and Windows recognized and installed it before I was even finished booting the system up! I didn't even see a driver installation window or notification come up, and it is recognized properly in Device Manager as a "MC7354" under the network adapters. Almost there!!!

    Edit: Just out of curiosity, does anyone know where I could pick up a set of screws for the WWAN sled where it secures to the outside of the CF-30's case, or what size they might be defined under? The ones that were included with the old WWAN slot cover surprisingly don't fit!
     
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    I got my T-Mobile SIM kit in just a few days. There may be a problem with your order.
     
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    I finally got it today. USPS managed to lose it TWICE in shipment. Now I'm just struggling to get it activated.
     
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    The screw size is M2.5. I ended up asking a computer store for spares after I dropped one on the floor. And Murphy's Law says the screw must journey into the abyss of a crack or crevice or under non-movable furniture.
     
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