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Author Topic: Sprint/Verizon Wireless EVDO Broadband users - are you happy?  (Read 5272 times)
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« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2008, 08:47:18 AM »

I would definitely suggest trying a USB extension cord before going with an antenna cord.  The best of antenna cords have a significant signal loss when dealing with low power signals.  However, there is no loss with the USB cord.  You can then just position the whole modem card for best signal.

Another neat little inclusion in the Millenicom package is a nifty little USB pigtail that allows it to plug in to two USB ports simultaneously for more power when needed.  They suggest it for very weak signal areas where the card needs more power.  But since I have plenty of available USB ports, I just leave it plugged in that way.
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« Reply #31 on: February 08, 2008, 11:57:34 AM »

Maybe Jack and I can do a side by side comparison of Sprint and Millenicom.
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« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2008, 04:18:31 AM »

Maybe Jack and I can do a side by side comparison of Sprint and Millenicom.

Jim,
   I like that idea, I will give you a call when I get my Millenicom.
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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2008, 07:55:52 AM »

Even though we have a Datastorm, I continue to follow this technology as either a backup or replacement.  This thread contains great information.

I have been trying to learn more about cell phone antennas (currently spending a week in an area that has almost no cell signal) and ran across a great site for you EVDO folks:  http://www.evdoforums.com/.  It is a pretty "techie" site, but has lots of good information.

Lots of the posts on that site have signal strength information in db.  I assume they get that from the EVDO software rather than from some sort of meter. 

Also, has anyone tried the AT&T EDGE network?

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« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2008, 08:42:15 AM »

Hi Jim. That forum i believe is hosted by 3gstore who sells Sprint and Verizon. They have a lot of product albeit a bit expensive; but they are a good source for info. Since Millenicom is direct competition for them, they delete all posts almost immediately that mention them. And yet as mentioned. Millenicom sends people to them! I found lots of uncensored forums for wireless broadband.
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« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2008, 11:07:19 AM »

Package from Millenicom arrived today. Sat down with a sandwich, glass of milk, and the instuction booklet. 11 minutes later i was fed and online. This is nice for a guy who has lived with dialup until today! I find myself just sitting here waiting for the screens to change, and then realizing they had already changed!!!

Jack, has your modem arrived yet? Anxious to hear what you think.
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« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2008, 11:35:11 AM »

Package from Millenicom arrived today. Sat down with a sandwich, glass of milk, and the instuction booklet. 11 minutes later i was fed and online. This is nice for a guy who has lived with dialup until today! I find myself just sitting here waiting for the screens to change, and then realizing they had already changed!!!

Jack, has your modem arrived yet? Anxious to hear what you think.


Hey John Z,

Glad you made a quick connection. How about do a speed test here... http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ and post your results. The test may take up to one minute, and averages up and down speeds.
My T1 wireless usually gives me a 1.22Mbps connection, but may vary due to high useage.

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« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2008, 12:48:19 PM »

Also, has anyone tried the AT&T EDGE network?

Jim

Jim,

I Bluetooth teathered my Dell E1705 laptop to my Nokia cell through the AT&T EDGE network, and got speeds ranging from 30k all the way up to 319k. As long as you're not in a hurry or need to d/l large files, it's OK, but 3G would be much faster.

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« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2008, 01:23:48 PM »

Package from Millenicom arrived today. Sat down with a sandwich, glass of milk, and the instuction booklet. 11 minutes later i was fed and online. This is nice for a guy who has lived with dialup until today! I find myself just sitting here waiting for the screens to change, and then realizing they had already changed!!!

Jack, has your modem arrived yet? Anxious to hear what you think.
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It just arrived, I am in the process of installing it now.  I will report later.  Jack
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« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2008, 01:26:34 PM »

As TomCat noted, there are variances in reading due to other users of the the network resources serving your connection.  There are also many other Internet related factors that can effect speed at any given moment.  And the load of the server being hit for the speed test has an impact.  So any numerical testing for comparison needs to be done several times at different times of day.  Also, if possible, test from multiple test servers.

As an example, I downloaded a large file, about 78MB, a few days ago at about 1Mbs (mega bit per second).  I just used the test link TomCat provided and got a disappointing reading of 224Kbs (kilo bit per second), ran it again and got an also disappointing 250Kbs.  So I downloaded a large file from Adobe and it downloaded 132MB at a speed of 500Kbs.  As soon as that download completed, I ran the linked speed test again and got a mere 157Kbs.  I ran the test again with a different speed test site and got 461 Kbs.   I will test again this evening and it should be faster due to decreased network load in the evenings.

There are many possible reasons a specific speed test can be so much lower.  The download server could be under a heavy load and unable to deliver the download file at sufficient speed.  The Internet routing path between my connection and their server could have been overloaded or be having some problems. The list of possible causes goes on.  The bottom line is it takes several tests at different times of day and from different sources to get avg/min/max numbers for a good comparison.
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« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2008, 01:49:43 PM »

I thought I would post an assortment of speed test results and their sources:

SourceDownloadUpload
http://www.bandwidthplace.com/250Kbsn/a
http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/461Kbs449Kbs
http://www.speedtest.net/893Kbs244Kbs
http://performance.toast.net464Kbs409Kbs
http://www.testmy.net/tools/test/d_load.php513Kbsn/a

So my average download speed in the late afternoon was 516Kbs and upload was 367Kbs.

I will test again tonight and post that.
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« Reply #41 on: February 11, 2008, 04:38:54 PM »

I just installed the Millenicom wireless broadband in my laptop.  Using the short USB cable that is supposed to increase power, I did a speed test on speedtest.net. Download speed was 802K.  This is compared to 129K using my cell phone. Although not as fast as our DSL, it should be a big improvement when traveling.  Next week it will get a better test as we will camping in the middle of some orange groves 15 miles from even the smallest town.  Jack
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« Reply #42 on: February 11, 2008, 05:07:52 PM »

I did a test on the millenicom tonight and my results are slower than yours Jack. Mine was 325 and 69. But it is such a big improvement over the dialup i was used to. Where does one go to read up on tweaking my pc to run faster? I will soon be testing the modem from northern Minnesota to the southern tip of TX. Should be interesting.
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« Reply #43 on: February 11, 2008, 06:32:11 PM »

Where does one go to read up on tweaking my pc to run faster?

Do you mean:

  • How to increase the communication's speed over the Internet connection.
  • Clean up the software side to restore perfomance that has been lost over time.
  • Hardware improvements
  • Overclocking the CPU to increase processing speed.

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« Reply #44 on: February 11, 2008, 06:58:42 PM »

I am not knowledgeable enough to know what i am asking for. How about we start with the simplest and more basic things to chk. BTW HTR, thanks for mentioning the Millenicom in the first place!
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