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Matt
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:28 am    Post subject: Mac OSX Lion Franklin U600 3G/4G WiMAX [Success - 3G ONLY]

The Franklin U600 has been tested on an upgraded versions and as a clean installation. So, if you have a Franklin U600 from Sprint and you are on Mac OS X Lion (10.7), you are good to go with your modem on 3G only at this time. If you're using the 4G WiMAX network the U600 currently won't work on Lion.

Let us know your experience.


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Jonhealthsource
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:40 pm    Post subject:

How is this working at 4g speeds? Sprint smartview isn't compatible with Lion yet.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: Mac OSX Lion Franklin U600 3G/4G WiMAX[Success]

Matt wrote:
The Franklin U600 has been tested on an upgraded versions and as a clean installation. So, if you have a Franklin U600 from Sprint and you are on Mac OS X Lion (10.7), you are good to go with your WiMAX.

Let us know your experience.
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Yeah, please define "success" here. I'm in SF, with a U600, and I'm back at the "Please reboot in 32-bit mode" prompt.

I'm not even sure that Lion *has* a 32 bit mode.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:30 am    Post subject:

Just click okay and Smartview should stay up. Then all you need to do is hit connect to establish an internet connection.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:50 pm    Post subject:

Matt wrote:
Just click okay and Smartview should stay up. Then all you need to do is hit connect to establish an internet connection.


That works for 3G, not 4G. This was true before Lion, as well. I'd have to reboot in 32bit mode for 4G to work at all. This isn't possible in Lion, so I'm stuck with 3G.

If I click "Switch to 4G", it never shows any activity. Just the 4G in the corner of the box, and a "Switch to 3G" button.

I'm on an Early 2011 17" MBP, if it matters. I just uninstalled Smartview, cleaned out all the network interfaces, then reinstalled. No luck.

Sprint's response in their forums was pretty pathetic. ("It was only announced on July 19th")

I'll test on my gf's machine to see if there's 4G coverage here at all, but I'm in the heart of the SF financial district on the 27th floor... Sprint claims in-building coverage.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:12 pm    Post subject:

I cannot even connect 3g through sprint smartview and have to do a manual connection through the network system preferences. smartview just stalls at initializing device.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:16 pm    Post subject:

I'll have to have some further testing conducted on the U600. At our main test facility it's a Sprint 3G network, but there is some 4G WiMAX in the area. I wasn't aware there would be a problem on the 4G network and figured if it worked in 3G mode 4G would be fine.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:32 pm    Post subject:

Matt wrote:
I wasn't aware there would be a problem on the 4G network and figured if it worked in 3G mode 4G would be fine.


Not even close. Think about it. If 3G and 4G worked the same way, then why would wouldn't my CTR350 work in 4G mode?

Look in the network control panel. 4G WiMAX shows up as an ethernet connection (or, more to the point, won't show up in 64bit mode). 3G connections look like modems.

This is a long standing issue with SmartView. The Early 2011 MacBook Pro's all use a 64bit kernel by default even in Snow Leopard, and 4G has never worked in 64bit mode.

With Lion and FileVault, I don't even know how to get into 32bit mode except by using systemsetup from the commandline.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:33 am    Post subject:

n6mod wrote:
Not even close. Think about it. If 3G and 4G worked the same way, then why would wouldn't my CTR350 work in 4G mode?


Not even a close comparison.

The CTR350 was developed 5 years ago and doesn't have the needed hardware (or room) to support the latest 4G modems.

Sprint Smartview is the software (Sprint outsources) that allows OS's to communicate with their data cards. Sprint's Mac support use to be pathetic and has been pretty good, up until Lion. It has been just a few days, so lets see how long before a 64 bit/supported update is available.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject:

Michael wrote:
The CTR350 was developed 5 years ago and doesn't have the needed hardware (or room) to support the latest 4G modems.


Exactly. It's an embedded device that is capable of routing between USB modems running PPP, and the Wifi and Ethernet interfaces on board. It can't support 4G because the connection methods for 4G are entirely different. I haven't found any details, but based on the network pref pane on the Mac, it appears to look more like a usb ethernet device.

Michael wrote:
Sprint Smartview is the software (Sprint outsources) that allows OS's to communicate with their data cards.


Yes, thank you. I know exactly what Smartview is. But look in the Network pref pane and you'll see what I'm talking about. There are a number of USB serial devices for various functions of the modem (including 3G data) and an ethernet device for 4G.

Michael wrote:
Sprint's Mac support use to be pathetic and has been pretty good, up until Lion.


That actually isn't true. It's not Lion that's the problem, it's the 64-bit kernel. Specifically, BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext does not have an x86_64 binary:

Code:
$ file BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter
BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter: Mach-O universal binary with 2 architectures
BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter (for architecture ppc):   Mach-O object ppc
BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter (for architecture i386):   Mach-O object i386


Michael wrote:
It has been just a few days, so lets see how long before a 64 bit/supported update is available.


It hasn't been a few days. It's been months. For starters, Developer Previews of Lion have been available for five months now. But that's not the real issue.

As I said, the problem is with 64-bit kernels. The 64-bit kernel has always been an option in Snow Leopard (that is, for nearly two years) but it became default on the new MacBook Pros in February. Even before Lion, if I wanted 4G, I had to reboot into 32-bit mode. (Hold down 3-2 at boot). Now that I'm running FileVault on Lion, the boot sequence has been shuffled around a bit, and I haven't figured out how to do that. The workaround is to type:
Code:
sudo systemsetup -setkernelbootarchitecture i386
and reboot. Once I'm done with 4G,
Code:
sudo systemsetup -setkernelbootarchitecture x86_64
will restore normal operation.

You would think that people who have just bought new MacBook Pros would be a nice juicy market for Sprint, and they would have supported this by now. But where it was just people with shiny new hardware before, many more machines run 64-bit kernels by default now.

My guess is that Sprint can't do anything until Beceem (now Broadcom) gets it together, but this is pretty poor.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:51 pm    Post subject: SUCCESS!

n6mod wrote:
My guess is that Sprint can't do anything until Beceem (now Broadcom) gets it together, but this is pretty poor.


It's worse than that. Beceem *has* their act together.

Clear has a beta of their connection manager that has a new, 64-bit BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext:

Code:
Nomad:Extensions amilewski$ file BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter
BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter: Mach-O universal binary with 2 architectures
BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter (for architecture x86_64):   Mach-O 64-bit kext bundle x86_64
BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext/Contents/MacOS/BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter (for architecture i386):   Mach-O object i386


This is available from the download page for any of their USB WiMAX modems.

There are a couple of caveats in the 'about beta' link that are worth reading, and I can't link directly to that.

I suppose you could just install the Clear connection manager and let it overwrite the kext, but I used Pacifist to extract the .kext. It's in 'Contents of CLEAR Connection Manager.mpkg/System/Library/Extensions, and 'Install to default location...' does the trick.

This is now *working* on Lion in 64bit mode with the current Sprint SmartView.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:19 am    Post subject:

THANK YOU VERY MUCH m6nod. it got me a little further but i still cannot connect. The connect sign shows initially but after being pressed it says 4g network not found. does the following have anything to do with it: after pressing install to default in pacifist it says that there is already a file there so i press replace and it pops up again 3 more times after which it just doesn't pop up- is this normal or is the bee com folder not being replaced. Any further help would be greatly appreciated Thank You
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 12:02 pm    Post subject: There's no BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext in the zip file

I downloaded ClearCM_Mac_v2.01.5027.0.zip but cannot find the BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext file.

Can someone post the BeceemAppleWiMAXAdapter.kext somewhere we can download?

Thanks!
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