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Topic # 137964 15-Dec-2013 06:31
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I recently began to change from Vodafone to Telecom for my internet data needs while traveling around NZ in my motorhome and I would like to be able to connect from my computer through a Vodafone R208 I own to the internet.

I purchased a Telecom data plan (3gig at the moment for $60pm), the store rep fitted the new sim into the R208 and said he was able to access the internet through it from his smartphone.

But, when I use the R208 with my computer I see that I have good signal from Telecom and that my computer has connected but it will not pass data.  My Win 7 Network and Sharing Center confirms connection but 'No Internet'.

A call to Telecom support failed to resolve the issue - possibly because the support rep failed to call me back as promised. Support was helpful as possible but I could see that being asked to provide Telecom support when a Vodafone device was being used was not run of the mill for her.

What do I ( a newbie to wifi ) need to do to use my R208 with my computer?

Thanks

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  Reply # 952448 15-Dec-2013 10:04
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I'm pretty sure this device is 900/2100 3G only. If it is it's not much use on Telecom.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 952450 15-Dec-2013 10:09
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Are you aware VodafoneNZ now offers Prepay data bundles that last 3 months 3GB & 6 months 5GB ?

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  Reply # 952452 15-Dec-2013 10:14
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Searching online the R208 is just a rebadged Huawei 5756. It only supports the 3G 900/2100 bands so is of little use on Telecom.

Your options really are to buy a new device that supports the 850Mhz band used by Telecom or move back to Vodafone.


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  Reply # 952475 15-Dec-2013 10:50
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The Vodafone NZ R208 supports 850Mhz. I believe it's the Oceania model. I have one and it works well on Telecom. As long as the APN is correct it should be fine. Maybe need to add dialing number which I think is *99#

Not in a position to check settings at this time.



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  Reply # 952490 15-Dec-2013 11:17
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BigHammer: The Vodafone NZ R208 supports 850Mhz. I believe it's the Oceania model. I have one and it works well on Telecom. As long as the APN is correct it should be fine. Maybe need to add dialing number which I think is *99#

Not in a position to check settings at this time.


Yes, what Telecom managed to tell me was that it is suitable. And their shop staff member said he was able to access the internet through it using his smartphone.

I have not entered anything anywhere at this stage - because I don't know all that needs be entered, or how I would do it.

There is no USB on the R208 if changes are needed there.

What needs to be entered?

Are the entries to be done on the RF208, or are they entries that I need to make on my computer via my Win 7 Network and Sharing Center?

How do I make the necessary entries?



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  Reply # 952576 15-Dec-2013 15:07
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You will need to change the APN settings in the R208 itself.



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  Reply # 952590 15-Dec-2013 15:48
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sbiddle: You will need to change the APN settings in the R208 itself.


Ah thanks! That's narrowed it down.

But the R208 hasn't a USB port so how do I do that, and what are all the settings I need?

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  Reply # 952596 15-Dec-2013 15:59
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The settings are listed in the posts above - APN & dial number.

You will need to connect to it with a web browser - URL is probably http://192.168.0.1



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  Reply # 952722 15-Dec-2013 21:12
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RunningMan: The settings are listed in the posts above - APN & dial number.

You will need to connect to it with a web browser - URL is probably http://192.168.0.1


Well we are getting closer but that Ip took  me to Vodafone where it seems my old mobile data number (and password) have been deactivated - I assume during the change over to Telecom for data. The page showed me it had recognized Telecom as the provider now, and that I was connected.

However from that page I couldn't find a way of altering the settings on the R208

I think I have found all the data I may need when I can access the R208's settings as follows ....

Dial-up Number: *99#
    Username: I have no idea - maybe admin?
    Password: admin?
    Authentication: PAP
    APN: Static internet.telecom.co.nz
    IP Address: Dynamic 115.189.82.133

Does this look like the correct data and how do connect via my web browser? Another IP perhaps?




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  Reply # 952805 15-Dec-2013 22:48
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There is no username or password. APN can be internet.telecom.co.nz but it's recommended to use wap.telecom.co.nz.

The settings as presented should work just fine.

Have you tried this SIM card on a smartphone to see if mobile data is working in your account?





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  Reply # 952807 15-Dec-2013 22:56
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It looks like it's picking up a Telecom IP address OK...



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  Reply # 952841 16-Dec-2013 03:35
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freitasm: There is no username or password. APN can be internet.telecom.co.nz but it's recommended to use wap.telecom.co.nz.

The settings as presented should work just fine.

Have you tried this SIM card on a smartphone to see if mobile data is working in your account?



Terrific!  Now all I need to know is how to make the settings? (given that http://192.168.0.1 didn't get the job done for me - as explained above)

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  Reply # 952844 16-Dec-2013 06:30
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AllanJames:
freitasm: There is no username or password. APN can be internet.telecom.co.nz but it's recommended to use wap.telecom.co.nz.

The settings as presented should work just fine.

Have you tried this SIM card on a smartphone to see if mobile data is working in your account?



Terrific!  Now all I need to know is how to make the settings? (given that http://192.168.0.1 didn't get the job done for me - as explained above)


I know it may sound like a smart remark but reading the manual will help you. First link on Google.

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=r208+manual

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  Reply # 952857 16-Dec-2013 08:09
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AllanJames: Terrific!  Now all I need to know is how to make the settings? (given that http://192.168.0.1 didn't get the job done for me - as explained above)


If you went to 192.168.0.1 and got back the settings you listed above, then that is the admin interface for the R208 - it is not Vodafone's website, but since they sold you the device, it will be branded by them.

The settings are already there if you can see them.

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