Just a quick tip or two for anyone using any of the current Mobile Broadband offerings from O2, 3 or Vodafone but specifically for the ‘white’ O2 Modem which I have.
Sometimes you might find that you just can’t get a broadband signal and you hang around waiting, restarting the pc or bashing your head off the wall in frustration and the more you have to rely on the thing, ie – if you happen to depend on it for work! then the worse it is when it just refuses to play ball.
Lately I’ve had a good run of luck with mine, its found a broadband signal every day for most of the past 2 months and it could be a fluke but what I do when I can’t get a signal is go into the ‘Settings – Band Selection’ menu and switch between “All Band” and “GSM900/1800/WCDMA2100” bands a couple of times with a minute or two pause between each selection. The switching seems to wake the modem up and it eventually picks up a signal, a bit like a lost cause heart patient, defying the odds and bouncing back to life!
Also, if you get a usb extension lead and stick the modem at the highest point or in the centre of your window pane, that somehow seems to help with the signal!
Or maybe I’m just imagining things!