Mac: Since Mac OS X Lion hit the streets last week, some Telstra mobile broadband users have reported driver issues that render their devices inoperable. Here's how to keep your connection going.
Even pre-Lion, Mac users have often had a variable experience with mobile broadband drivers, and one common strategy is to ignore the "official" drivers and use the Mac's built-in networking software instead. While that often works, it does mean missing out on potentially useful extras such as usage checking and SMS messages.
After seeing reports of some mobile broadband dramas, I got in touch with Telstra and asked if up-to-date drivers were available. According to Telstra, the following drivers have been tested and will work on Lion — click the link to access the software:
The full range of supported devices includes the Sierra 301, ZTE MF688a, ZTE MF688, ZTE MF636 and ZTEMF626i. The Pre-Paid Universal Connection Manager has also been updated and tested. Whichever software you use, fully removing the old version before updating is likely to produce a better result.
Had a smooth Lion mobile broadband experience? Share any extra strategies in the comments.