Josh-Daniel S. Davis (joshdavis) wrote,
Josh-Daniel S. Davis

Sprint PCS Sierra Wireless 580 CDMA

OK, so $Company paid for the card and a year's worth of unilimited data minutes wireless.

The install CD is clean, and the SW is one installer, about 12 megs.
No spyware or cruft. Just the basics.

The software has a little chrome on it, but it doesn't hide the fact that it chews up 100% CPU every time it tries to change state (connecting, disconnecting, authenticating, etc), and will refuse to move or refresh it's window while doing do.

There's an optional "Bytesoft Optimizer" which basically logs in to the Sprint server and sets up a compressed tunnell.

I remember MNP and V.42bis, which makes this seem rediculous.

The card gets really hot. You pull it out and it's maybe 140 degrees. I don't know. I just know it's uncomfy.

The antenna should be kept 2cm away from people. EEK It's directional, so I had to touch it while it was on to pick up good signal. It IS Sprint, you know.

I think it would work better outside, not passing through shielded cubicles, steel reinforced walls, steel posts, etc. I did pick up full signal for a few seconds. :)

There's an antenna port for a laptop style antenna connector. I don't have anything to hook it up to, so whatevs.

It has a phone number, but I haven't tried to call it while it's connected.

The speed is about ISDN BRI speed - 128kbit, so 10-12kbytes/sec.

It's not GREAT, but it would sure beat dialup over a cellphone.

When the 1 year $Company paid contract is up, I get a 25% discount, which puts it at $60/mo for unlimited data. I won't be able to get $Company to pay for that since I'm not a travelling worker, so I'll probably ditch it at that point.
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