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Topic # 46096 5-Nov-2009 13:31
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Hi guys, I got my Telecom MF636 today, only to discover that the Telecom Connect software couldn't be any more inaccessible to screen readers if it tried, so I'm unable to use it.

I'm thinking I should be able to make this work through dial-up networking in Windows. I've tried *99# with anything in the username and password fields, but that doesn't seem to be doing the trick.

Any info much appreciated.




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  Reply # 270348 5-Nov-2009 14:20
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Got it working, but it seems I have to keep the Telecom Connection manager software open, then dial-up networking successfully makes a connection. is that just how it is?




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  Reply # 270370 5-Nov-2009 15:16
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You have to keep the Connection manager open, otherwise you might forget your connected and come back to a $20,000 data bill.

As for the Telecom software not working, every time you plug in a new data card to your PC you will need to remove all previous versions of Telecom Connection Manager or it wont work.

Hope this helps.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 270372 5-Nov-2009 15:24
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Thanks, the Telecom software is working fine, but I am blind and use screen reading sotware, and the software is totally inaccessible. So right now I disconnect from Dial-up networking to break the connection anyway.

Ideally, I'd like to be able to lose the software that's totally unuseable for me, and just keep the drivers for the device installed so I can use it with Dial-up Networking.




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  Reply # 271203 9-Nov-2009 10:03
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I don't think thats possible unfortunately, to be honest I prefer the Sierra wireless cards as they have been in the game longer and offer better support, both from Telecom and the manufacturer. This may not help as you have just purchased your's but perhaps they'll let you swap it.



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  Reply # 271967 11-Nov-2009 10:53
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Thanks, I take it the Sierra Wireless cards use different software?




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Reply # 272648 13-Nov-2009 09:47
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The Telecom (ZTE) connection software indeed will not work through a screen reader, I've tried to modify it myself without much success. I'm yet to get any of the new data sticks to work through standard "Drivers and Dial Up Networking connection" as they all have the drivers and install software "Built-in" through the True install or virtual CD rom driver which means they will detect as a CD drive each and every time they are plugged in.

I did find a utility that allowed the Sierra 885 data stick to detect simply as a modem using a manual install (tru-install disable utility) "allowing the user to simply plug-in the stick and search for drivers provided" however the modem always seems to initilise offline. In retrospect, I seem to recall I have a PIN on my SIM so I must try this again as the PIN could have been preventing the start-up.



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  Reply # 272657 13-Nov-2009 10:00
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Yes and I'm advised by screen reader users that the Vodem software is a lot better. I have the MF636 working for data now at least by establishing a Dial-up connection when the Connection Manager's running, but there's no way I can read SMS messages which makes it impossible to register for Your Telecom independently.

Given that the device also took a week to arrive from the on-line store, a pretty unsatisfactory experience all round really.

That said, it's nice and fast!




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