Configure Mobile Broadband Networks

Available for: All Windows and Mac 1.2 or later clients

Open Mobile can detect and connect to Mobile Broadband networks.

You must enable Mobile Broadband in order to be able to configure any additional Mobile Broadband settings. These include settings for Open Device Framework, Advanced Mobile Broadband, and Mobile Broadband Roaming Policy.

In Windows 1.4.1 clients and later, BlackBerry devices are treated in all respects like Mobile Broadband networks (such as network ranking).

Authentication Format Override

Available for: Windows 1.4.1 and later clients.

You can specify the authentication format used by an account, with a format used just for Mobile Broadband connections. You can also specify the authentication format for connections made using specific Mobile Broadband directories. These authentication formats will override the account’s default authentication format. Authentication tokens used in overrides must already be defined in the account.

This is an advanced feature and will not be required for most Open Mobile profiles.

To specify an authentication format override for Mobile Broadband connections:

  1. In Account, select the account used for Mobile Broadband connections.
  2. In Authentication Format Override, specify the new format.

To specify an authentication format override for one or more Mobile Broadband directories:

  1. Under Assign or Remove Mobile Broadband Directories, using the arrow keys, assign one or more directories to the profile.
  2. In the Assigned Directories column, click Set Authentication Format.
  3. For each directory in the list for which you wish to use a new authentication format:
    • Under Account, select the account used.
    • Under Auth Format Override, enter the new authentication format used.
    • Under Enable USID, select whether to use Unique Session ID for connections.
  4. Click Save.

Mobile Broadband Network Directories

By default, your users will be able to connect to iPass Mobile Broadband networks. In addition, you can choose to enable one or more previously uploaded Mobile Broadband networks to which your users can connect.

To add one or more Mobile Broadband networks to Open Mobile, using the arrow controls, move the directories from the Available Directories column to the Assigned Directories column. Use the up and down arrows to change the sort order of the assigned directories.

Open Device Framework Settings

Available for: Windows 1.3 or later clients with Mobile Broadband enabled.

Open Device Framework settings enable you to include support in a profile for Mobile Broadband devices that have been integrated with Open Mobile using ODF. This support can be added to the profile for three different Windows platforms: Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. You must have previously added support for these devices on the Device Support page.

For more information on ODF Integration, please see the iPass ODF Training Workbook.

The List of Supported Devices shows all devices currently supported by ODF.

To add ODF support for devices to the profile:

  1. From the list of supported devices, select the devices for which you wish to add support.
  2. For each selected device, select the Windows platforms for which the device will be supported.
  3. Click Save.
It is strongly recommended that any new devices for which you have added support be included in a test profile first before deployment. Because of the nature of ODF integration, effective device support will likely require deploying a test profile, testing, correcting, and then re-uploading the corrected ODF files until successful.

Advanced Mobile Broadband Options

Available for: Windows clients with Mobile Broadband enabled.

These advanced Mobile Broadband options provide additional controls for Mobile Broadband users. When your advanced mobile broadband options are selected, click Save.

Network Selection: select a network selection type from the drop-down list.

  • Automatic: the Mobile Broadband device will choose a network.
  • Manual: the user is prompted to choose a network.

Allow the user to disable the use of the client for managing Mobile Broadband connections: if selected, the user can disable Open Mobile for managing Mobile Broadband connections.

Enable SMS: Select Enable SMS to enable receipt (and for Windows 1.4.1 and later clients, sending as well) of SMS messages in the Open Mobile client over Mobile Broadband connections. The user must have an SMS-capable Mobile Broadband device to receive or send SMS messages.

Allow user to modify Mobile Broadband connection profile settings…: If selected, the user will be able to modify Mobile Broadband connection settings, including access point name, network name, dial string, DNS address, username, and password.

Allow Mobile Broadband to connect simultaneously with Wi-Fi or Ethernet: (Windows 2.1.0 and later) if selected, the user will be able to connect to multiple networks at a time or MNAAT (for example, users will not be disconnected from a Mobile Broadband network when they dock their laptop and connect by Ethernet). If not selected, the user will only be able to connect to one network at a time (ONAAT).

Allow the user to select frequency bands: If enabled, the user will be able to select Mobile Broadband frequency bands used by Mobile Broadband devices. Only the bands supported by the device will be shown by Open Mobile.

Allow the user to select radio access technologies: If enabled, the user will be able to select the radio access technology from a range of choices (2G, 3G, and 4G). If disabled, then Open Mobile will select the network bearer.

Technical error code messaging for connection failures: If enabled, upon failure of a Mobile Broadband connection, any error messages displayed to the user will include technical error codes. These error codes are not user-friendly, and it is recommended that you disable this feature for any profiles published to production.

  • These messages are customizable. Custom messages must be contained in an appropriately formatted XML file. Refer to Cause Code Friendly Names for more information.
  • You can download and review a sample technical error code message file by clicking Sample Error Code File.
  • To upload your own error code file, click Browse, select your custom error code file, and then click Upload.

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