[AusNOG] Cisco 3G WIC with Australian 3G providers?

Sean K. Finn Sean.Finn at ozservers.com.au
Thu Dec 18 14:14:31 EST 2008

I keep handy an Optus HUWAEI E960 MODEM on a 6GB plan,


$300 up front, plus $30, $40 or $50 bux  a month. Great as a standby / backup solution.

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4 port 10/100 switch + Wireless 802.11G/B access point, and USB powered / attaches as a dongle if you get in trouble. Very handy Swiss-army knife of connectivity.

Syncs at between 3mbps and 7mbps per second in HSDPA areas, or can fall back to GPRS at .. well, barely worthwhile speeds. (Would be better to use dialup).

You can buy one over the counter, and I can do IPSEC cisco to cisco and PPTP over it to an ISA server box no worries.

Treat it like a home Optus cable connection, albeit with 110ms latency (Pretend you are in Hawaii) and you'll be fine.

Not so great for VOIP, but acceptable for email  + general net.

Works great for me in my car when camping, all along the east coast of Australia, but check coverage of course.


From: ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net [mailto:ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Skeeve Stevens
Sent: Thursday, 18 December 2008 10:41 AM
To: isp-australia at isp-australia.com
Cc: aussie-isp at taz.net.au; ausnog at ausnog.net
Subject: [AusNOG] Cisco 3G WIC with Australian 3G providers?

Hey all,

I have a customer with a site emergency... some retarded fellow at Commander Centre put through an order which cut off a customers DSL service (converted it to OnRamp).  It is outside Sydney and I am not exactly sure what 3G coverage is there... I will investigate that later, but I am suspecting NextG or Optus only.

But that said.  Does anyone have any experience using the new Cisco 881 with 3G or a 1841 with 3G WIC card... and.. what 3G providers have worked or miserably failed.

I do know that NextG has massive inbound restrictions, so using it for a temporary mail gateway is not going to work.. too many application gateways or something... but in this case the customer would be doing an outbound IPSEC or PPTP (normal Tunnels need source/destination IP's).

Anyone got any thoughts?  If I figure this out, I would probably keep the kit in our library for emergency situations like this.



Skeeve Stevens, CEO

eintellego Pty Ltd - The Networking Specialists

skeeve at eintellego.net / www.eintellego.net

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