Aspire One 3G hack

[tnkgrl] is back with part three of her Acer Aspire One hacking. This time she’s adding in 3G. You may look at the picture the above and think, “Cake. She just plugged the card in”. No, the Acer doesn’t ship with the mini-PCIe slot or the SIM card holder. First you have to solder a right angle mini-PCIe connector to the board pads and bridge two others to provide power. The SIM holder was another problem. She wasn’t able to find a pin compatible one. The one she installed is mounted to a riser so she could change the wiring order (let her know if you can find the correct part). This mod definitely requires some good soldering skills and she warns that even she managed to destroy a SIM in the process.

The Dell Mini 9 is another netbook that doesn’t have the appropriate connectors soldered on board, but JKK has a work-around. You need a 3G modem that has the SIM card on board. You plug it into the WiFi slot after taping over a few pins and then use a USB WiFi card instead.

Comments

  1. Bravo! Its good to see a really great hack again, and this one is useful, functional, and a great example of hack-fu.

  2. lotke says:

    Well, you can already buy it with integrated 3g in Europe

  3. And? says:

    Your point being? Not everyone wants to buy the more expensive out of country model. Doing it yourself is just as good if not better.

  4. walt says:

    doing it yourself is ALWAYS better and way cooler.

  5. biozz says:

    yes … i might do this with my acer extensa 5420

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    Nice hack!

    -and thanks for including that Mini 9 info also, hackaday!

    This place rocks.

  7. Won’t the new USB mobile broadband work with it?

  8. Lane says:

    Can I use my cell phones 3G SIM Card in my Acer Aspire One’s 3G Slot behind the battery and connect? I have a data plan on the card so Im wondering if it’s possible by just putting it in or a hack etc. please emailme at lane@faslane.net if you know of a way.

    thanks!!
    Lane

  9. AT&T Dude says:

    I was wondering the same thing about moving my cell sim card. No luck. The one in my cell is thin and cardboardy and while it fit in the slot, it actually slid in and I had to use a pair of needlenose and a whole lot of wiggling to get it back out. My guess is that there is another type of sim card or an adapter needed.

    • Zaiira says:

      I inserted my iphone SIM card perfectly into the Acer SIM slot. I got 3G signal but when attempt to connect I got an authentication error or something like that. Is there any code or something to be done to make this SIM card work with the computer?

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