CF31 question . use of cellular in UK

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  1. mikethepig

    mikethepig Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi
    firstly please excuse my ignorance in some things i'm in my latter years and only self taught computer basics
    I have recently purchased a Mk4 CF31 running on windows 10 pro
    16gig ram
    480gig SSD hard drive
    Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 2.70GHz vPro

    I managed to get the Bluetooth working by re enabling in bios seems when refigured it wasn't found
    On checking laptop I find there is a sim card slot which accepts a card no problem
    but not sure what I need to do next to configure its use
    I have checked bios but I see nothing unchecked that word not allow it to work
    I am in UK not USA so not sure if it will work (I hope it does as I travel extensively and use a data sim with no throttle with large gig data )
    I am hoping you experts out there are able to help I have trawled the net to find help but lots seems above my pay grade to understand (wasn't first in the queue when brains were dished out)

    my model number shown is CF-31WFM15M3 I believe reading lots of these threads the experts can say age build etc from this.

    I thank you all in anticipation you may help
    from reading lots of your threads some very clever people on here

    MikeC
     
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    just to add in network adaptors shows

    Bluetooth device personal area network
    intel(r)82579LM gig network connection
    intel centrino advanced N6235
    wan miniport IKEv2
    IP
    IPv6
    L2TP
    Network Monitor
    PPPOE
    PPTP
    SSTP
     
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    EdFromBJCS Notebook Geek

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    Hi, Mike. In order to connect to your cellular data plan, you will need a mobile data card (this is not the same thing as a SIM card). I believe the correct card would be the multi-carrier Sierra Wireless MC7355 Gobi 5000 card. Make sure when you source the card that it is specifically for Toughbooks. There are other MC7355 cards that look the same but do not work in Toughbooks.
     
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    hi thanks quick response
    it has a slot above hdmi port which accepts the sim celluar card I take it then that doesn't mean internal card is fitted
    sorry to be slow in uptake no thw best at IT
     
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    Correct. The Sierra Wireless card installs internally. Here's a video showing its installation:
     
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    thank you both just checked my bios shows LAN enabled no sign of option for WAN My hopes of having a card already in are now realised
    onward to search for wwan card
    do I need to specify for use in uk and Europe or do they all work
    anybody know of reputable uk supplier
    thanks again
     
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    @BaRRmaley may have one. He is a member here. He is in Europe.

    I have several different cards but shipping overseas is not cheap.
     
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    I hope he sees this I cant pm
    is anyone able to work out my books origin from my model number
    I would appreciate the help
     
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    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Flip the cf 31 over.
    You will see a plate held on by 4 screws.
    Remove those screws and lift off the plate.
    Take a photo of what is inside.
    Post the photo.

    We can tell you more when we see what is inside.
     
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