12-15-2007 10:03 AM
Hello all – last week I picked the USBConnect 881 and have it successfully working on my PC laptop and desktop, both running Window XP. The desktop is about 4 years old and the laptop is a couple of months old. The only reason we are going with the 881 is that we can only get dial up in our area and it has been painfully slow. I’m a bit nervous about committing to a 2 year, $60 a month contract. Hopefully some of you more experienced users can help me make the decision before the 30 days is up.
I am in a 3G area and consistently connect at 3.6Mbps. The signal varies but it seems like Web pages load faster when I have a weaker signal but still connected at 3.6. All I have to compare to is the dial up, is 3.6 comparable to DSL or cable speeds?
Should I expect to get faster speeds when using the 881 in the new laptop with 2 gig RAM, dual core etc.
Does anybody have concerns with the longevity of the 881? Would it be reasonable to expect the unit to last 2 years? (I know this is hard to predict)
Any suggestions on maximizing the speed and efficiency of the 881. I thought I read on another post that the communication manager from Sierra is better than the AT&T one provided.
Sorry for the long post. Any advice would be appreciated.
12-15-2007 10:09 AM - edited 12-15-2007 10:09 AM
12-15-2007 2:56 PM
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12-16-2007 4:35 PM - edited 12-16-2007 4:38 PM
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12-29-2007 10:04 AM - edited 12-29-2007 10:16 AM
01-02-2008 1:12 AM
I dont think AT&T has deployed the hsdpa 3.6 yet. So the maximum download speed that you can get is 1.8 mbps.
In reality you wont get a 1.8 mbps download speed though.The advertised download speed of 3g networks is 400-700 mbps which is still much better than dialup.
I have seen download speeds up to 1.2 mbps.
Personally I stay away from 2 year data contracts.
You never know, when the cable/dsl companiies are going to start covering your area.
If you already have a line (voice) with ATT you can add a tethering plan to your account.
If you have a 3g phone, you can tether it to your computer and you should get the same speed as you would get with an aircard.
The cost is going to be the same and you can always remove the tethering plan.
As long as you have one of the phones in this list, the set up is going to be rather easy.
Message Edited by armadillo on 12-16-2007 04:38:54 PM
01-03-2008 2:37 PM
The only 7.2's that AT&T has available are the 881 lines. Where did you get an Option 7.2, I didn't think AT&T had those.
Ive seen 2.2 mpbs on my Option 7.2 ready... So im guessing thats on the 3.6 towers...
01-04-2008 11:02 AM
01-08-2008 7:08 AM
You did say before that your desktop is an older machine. You might want to check if you are connecting the 881 to a USB 1.x port (instead of USB 2.0). USB 1.x is much slower than USB 2.0 (12 MBits/sec vs 480MBits/sec), and that may be the bottleneck. If you're desktop system does not have any USB 2.0 ports, you can easily get an add-on card to provide those.
wymore wrote:... the 881 works better on the laptop in terms of speed.