Is there a PCMCIA card that will let me connect to the Internet wirelessly from anywhere without car

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by ANTant, Apr 11, 2006.

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    ANTant Guest

    Hello! I am doing a research for my father who travels a lot in U.S. and outside of it.

    Is there a device that lets travellers to use his/her laptop/notebook on the Internet anywhere
    wirelessly without carrying and hooking up devices and cables to a cellular phone. Not everywhere
    has wireless hotspots to connect to, so cellular phones conenctions would have to be. Cost and
    Internet speed (e.g., Web surfing, e-mails, etc.) should be decent. The OS is Windows XP Media
    Center and a Toshiba Satellite Pentium 4 I think.

    Currently, GoMadic has a device but it is a hassle to carry the cables, connectors, device, etc.
    Also, it is easy to break due to a lot of travelling. At least with a PCMCIA card, it is bundled
    in the laptops/notebooks like those onboard wireless network interfaces for wireless networks.

    Thank you in advance. :)
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    ANTant, Apr 11, 2006
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    howkasam Guest

    Verizon Wireless has a broadband PCMCIA card. Some laptops come with
    the card built in. My Son says there is a Linksys router that supports
    the Verizon card. I have Verizon broadband on my pocketpc. Sounds kinda
    neat, no longer looking for a WIFI hot spot.
     
    howkasam, Apr 11, 2006
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    Rico Guest

    Haven't been overseas with this combination, have we? Verizon hardware
    sadly on works in US, no one else uses their modulation scheme it seems.
    Might want to look into any offerings from AT&T/ Cingular. While no big fan
    of theirs, their netowrk is more globally compatable.

    fundamentalism, fundamentally wrong.
     
    Rico, Apr 11, 2006
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  4. Verizon hardware
    sadly on works in US, no one else uses their modulation scheme it seems.[/QUOTE]

    You guys with your antique CDMA or whatever it is. :)
    You'll need a tri-band PCMCIA mobile phone card, and for good luck an
    802.11b/g wireless card. Plus a phone company with good roaming deals.
    It'll be a heck of a lot cheaper to get a decent triband phone and a
    modem cable tho....

    Mark McIntyre
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    Mark McIntyre, Apr 11, 2006
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    dold Guest

    Or a phone and a bluetooth link... None of those nasty cables.
     
    dold, Apr 12, 2006
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  6. Or a phone and a bluetooth link... None of those nasty cables.[/QUOTE]

    Possibly.
    My own experience of bluetooth phones has been pretty awful - I found
    they kept losing connection.
    Mark McIntyre
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    Mark McIntyre, Apr 12, 2006
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    John Navas Guest

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    In <> on Wed, 12 Apr 2006 23:17:58
    Dead reliable here.
     
    John Navas, Apr 13, 2006
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    John Navas Guest

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    Sony Ericsson GC89 will give him GPRS/EGPRS(EDGE) and Wi-Fi in the same card.
    <http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp...er&php=php1_10225&zone=pp&lm=pp5_1&pid=10225>
    Can be used in the USA on Cingular or T-Mobile. Cingular will give better
    speeds due to widespread EGPRS(EDGE) coverage. T-Mobile will be cheaper.
     
    John Navas, Apr 13, 2006
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    dold Guest

    Would that be the Phone-GPRS connection (which wouldn't change with a USB
    cable on that particular phone), or the phone-PC BT connection, which I
    don't recall ever having mysteriously disappear.

    My phone is within a foot of the PC when I'm using it... I have heard some
    complaints of the range of some of the phones to be pretty short, probably
    in the interests of BT snoop prevention.
     
    dold, Apr 13, 2006
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    ANTant Guest

    So you still need to carry the cellphone to use this. That is what we want to avoid. :)
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    ANTant, Apr 16, 2006
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    Peter Pan Guest

    Problem is, there are a bunch of PCMCIA cards that work on Verizon INSIDE
    the US, but that's *NOT* what you asked... "Hello! I am doing a research for
    my father who travels a lot in U.S. and outside of it.".... Note you threw
    in outside of US, but didn't say where or what type of systems... (Verizon =
    CDMA, works fine in the US, but only a few specific countries outside the
    US).
    Where are you asking about?
     
    Peter Pan, Apr 16, 2006
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    ANTant Guest

    Hello! I am doing a research for my father who travels a lot in
    Are you saying there are no cards that work BOTH inside and outside of U.S.? Instead, he needs
    to carry two cards and two services?
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    ANTant, Apr 16, 2006
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  13. hath wroth:
    Worse. Some countries that do have CDMA cellular networks may not
    have installed 1xRTT or EV-DO service for high speed internet.
    http://www.cdg.org/worldwide/

    In addition, the US uses 800Mhz for cellular, while most of Europe
    uses 900MHz frequencies (which explains why there is no part 15
    unlicensed 900Mhz 802.11 wireless in Europe. Same with PCS cellular
    on 1900Mhz in the US versus 1800Mhz in Europe. There's also CDMA-450
    in Africa and the new 2100 Mhz systems.
    http://www.cdg.org/technology/3g/spectrum.asp

    Here's a PDF presentation which does a fair job of showing CDMA
    (actually CDMA-2000) coverage. Note that some countries have both GSM
    and CDMA.

    http://brew.qualcomm.com/brew_bnry/pdf/events/brew_2005/t604_person_cdg.pdf

    I don't know of a universally compatible PCMCIA card that handles all
    the assorted frequencies and modes.

    More of the same:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G (see list of countries)
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Apr 16, 2006
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    Peter Pan Guest

    Of course there are PCMCIA data cards that work inside the US, and some
    foreign countries (both sprint/nextel and Verizon sell them), however, as
    far as I know, the gsm ones, usually require a tether (I have a verzon data
    card, I'm just going by what other people complain about, that with GSM they
    have to tether)

    However, you may want to rethink your requirements... I'm looking at a
    Bluetooth cellphone so I can use it as a wireless modem with my laptop AND
    make voice calls (no cables with bluetooth, can also use it handsfree in the
    car, and with my PDA - both have BT), have one number and one contract that
    way.
     
    Peter Pan, Apr 16, 2006
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    David Taylor Guest

    In addition, the US uses 800Mhz for cellular, while most of Europe
    The requirement was for "outside the US" not just Europe.

    GSM - the G standing for "Global", yet another instance where the US was
    in a world of its own. :)

    David.
     
    David Taylor, Apr 16, 2006
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  16. Something of a mendacious snip - Jeff went on to mention other
    countries' standards.
    Mark McIntyre
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    Mark McIntyre, Apr 16, 2006
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    David Taylor Guest

    He did, it wasn't a poke at Jeff, just that the US usually considers the
    world East coast to West:-

    "World series Baseball"
    "The World's news, East coast to West" (can't remember which station
    uses that strapline?)

    etc.

    GSM is one area where the world was everyone *except* the US, they're
    catching up now though. :)

    David.
     
    David Taylor, Apr 16, 2006
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  18. One caution about using Bluetooth for data. When we are in EVDO areas,
    throughput using Bluetooth never gets above 200-300 kbps, while the USB
    cable usually provides 600-700 kbps.

    Anybody else compared Bluetooth and USB with the same phone in the same
    EVDO location?
     
    Dave Rudisill, Apr 16, 2006
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    Peter Pan Guest

    For what it's worth, I have both Bluetooth AND a motorola cable, was in a 1x
    area last week (Spokane Washington), now in an evdo area (Las Vegas).. While
    I can go faster with the cable, I stay with the non data contract/1x minutes
    of use (no extra data contract needed), and the 1x is fast enuf for my email
    and surfing (At home, there is a HUGE hotspot - about 220 square
    miles -Spokane Skynet at www.spokaneskynet.com) and I don't have to dig thru
    my boxes to find that silly cable for higher speed.. It's that 1x area at
    home that makes me not want to bother with tethers/higher speed, and the
    added expense of a separate data contract. I just use 1x, and if I want
    higher speed use the skynet.

    Since I travel about 98% of the time, can't see the use and extra expense of
    EVDO, since it doesn't even work in a lot of the areas I'm in.
     
    Peter Pan, Apr 16, 2006
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    John Navas Guest

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    In <> on Sat, 15 Apr 2006 19:21:02 -0500,
    Why would you need to do that?
     
    John Navas, Apr 19, 2006
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