3G HSDPA enabled Eee PC 901...
As you may know, Eee PC 901 has empty places for 3G and SIM cards..
..and the connectors are missing too. ( they save 20 cents... )
So we have to first solder the Mini PCI-E connector...
.. and raisers to secure the 3G card.
3G card secured..
But to use it we need to solder the SIM card holder too... ( if you plan adding a EVDO card you don't need the SIM holder )
As the SIM card holder is inside the Eee, you need to cut a hole for it..
Then short these 2 pins to power the 3G card..
..and these to enable USB lines to card ( we just shorted, you might want to use 27ohm resistors )
Last thing is to find antenna for it or just use one of it's wifi antennas. Packer is using a spare antenna from a phone where i just plugged wifi cable on it..
Surf is up!
Depending the card you have, you may also have to make a switch for it to shut it down when you don't need it.. Cards like SierraWireless 3G card supports turning it off from software, but some other cards doesn't.
Soldering these connectors is not a easy task so I'd say this is not for everyone... If you need to do it but can't, try your friends or local electronics shops.. nope, not me..
If you need the parts, follow this topic.
Thanks Packer for the detailed pictures, it was pleasure to work with you!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008