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#  Saturday, May 20, 2006

Today I set up my new laptop with Windows Vista - a "dry run" for Beta 2, because I want to use it as the primary OS on that machine. Part of the drill was getting my UMTS card (a Merlin U630) up and running.

First, I tried it using the standard software that came with the card. Installation went smoothly, however the Connection Manager software is based on an HTA solution, and IE7 most definitely didn't want to cooperate and kept throwing JavaScript errors (Note: I view this as a bug of the Connection Manager software, this is most decidedly not IE's fault). Dialing using this software therefore was out of the question.

So I went out on the Internet to search for a solution. At first, I tried dialing manually using AT commands, but it turned out that initializing a Merlin card isn't exactly easy-peasy. So I decided that a thorough forum search was in order. Thankfully, that search turned up a great piece of software (onlinekosten.de Community to the rescue).

What I found is MWConn (looks like that this time the international audience is out of luck, at least at the time of this writing as the software is German only). It does support the Novatel card, allows for dialing (make sure you check the default connection that is generated, at least my provider is using a different dial-in number), gives feedback on UL / DL traffic you generate, plus signal quality information. Way cool & saved my day!

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 4:17:07 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [2]Tracked by:
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 7:25:48 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
How did you install the driver? I have a merlin u630 card from Vodafone and their software wont even get far enought to install the program or drivers. So I cant use the suggested MWConn software because no PCMCIA card is detected by Vista Beta 2. It worked fine in Windows XP but I want to keep Vista.

Any ideas, could you possible send me your drivers if possible?
Julian Moorhouse
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 11:03:43 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
Have the same problem. I do have the E-Plus online connect card (Novate Merlin U530). Can not install/use MWConn (vers 1.6.1) under Windows Vista RC2, because of missing Novatel drivers. To get drivers I did try to install E-Plus Online connect Software 5. During Setup, App will hang by copying to Folder. After rebooting driver was installed and says working under device manager. Starting MWConn it will initialize Merlin Card and try to connect. After blinking with the blue LED App and trying to connect it displays connection error 623. Sometimes Application is just abanding after start. Anyone has native Novatel Beta drivers for Vista? Old driver is saying working but IRQ and IO Error. I think it has to with the driver an IRQ sharing. Novatel is not giving any support for this OEM product.
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