PowerBook Sprint Merlin S720 Hack
|Tuesday, 05 September 2006|
Sprint does't support Macs, OS X 10.4.7 doesn't support Merlin S720 - EVDOinfo shows you how to get them working :)
The Merlin 720 inserted into a PowerBook G4
This is an UNSUPPORTED HACK. Apple will not support this, Sprint doesn't support this AND we do not provide support for this hack. For those that purchase their Merlin S720 from us, we do have a more detailed step by step PDF that is available (this is only available to those that purchase their card directly from us).
This article will descibe how to get the Merlin S720 to work with your PowerBook on Sprint's Mobile Broadband. The Merlin S720 is the first EVDO Rev A PCMCIA card available.
NOTE: These are instructions are for advanced users who know what they are doing only! These directions work under Mac OS X 10.4.7. For those that are not familar with the Terminal application, we have a step by step keystroke by keystroke PDF that will step you through the process:
Since the Merlin S720 is a PCMCIA card, it will only work in Macs that have a PCMCIA Slot, such as the PowerBook 15, PowerBook 17 inch, Pismo, and Titinium). These laptops must be running Mac OS X 10.4.7. If you are running a MacBook, you can use the CDU-550 (EVDO USB Modem). If you are running a MacBook Pro, you can use the CDU-550 OR the Novatel V640 ExpressCard.
Also, the card MUST be activated on a Windows PC before it can be used on the Mac. When ordering your S720 card from us, we offer the option to pre-activate it BEFORE we ship it to you.
Congratulations, your Merlin S720 is now working in your PowerBook on the Sprint Network, you can now pull down on the EVDO card indicator in the menu bar and click Connect and you will be connected. The above hack will not show you signal strength, and the menu will indicate you have a Verizon card, BUT it does allow you to connect.
We are hoping that Apple will add Merlin S720 support in Mac OS X 10.4.8 (they didn't)
How is performance?
Speed Test on a PowerBook 15 inch:
Same card on a Sony Vaio:
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