02-26-2008 11:57 AM
02-27-2008 8:40 AM
02-27-2008 12:59 PM
Thanks. I was looking at that very page last night
coreyinoz wrote:Talon,3GStore has a good selection of antennas for the AC875U here;Sierra also sells one on their own E-Store that is a little more modest, but may not be enough given your apparent distance from the 3G tower.coreyinoz
02-27-2008 2:29 PM
I am a recent AT&T Sierra Aircard 881card bus owner. So far, after some initial bumps in the road, I am happy with the card. It installed without a problem and has worked quite well.
At home, in spite of being in a “prime” 3G area, I was suffering low signal and switching between 2G and 3G signals. Called Tech Support (800-331-0500), got a very polite (as has been noted elsewhere) rep.
I am using the AT&T Communications Manager, the rep provided me with AT Command strings that forced the 881 card, in spite of low signal strength, to select 3G. I used it that way for a couple of days at home before going on the annual migration to Florida.
When I arrived in ColumbusOH, at my daughter’s house, in spite of 4 bars of signal, I was having issues with getting on web. I could read and send email but I could not get on the web, not even my AT&T home page.
Called AT&T Wireless Tech support again, I think I got the same guy again. He went to a number of places in Tools/Internet Options to setup my web access. Proxy settings and other stuff I cannot remember.
He also provided additional AT Commands. In spite of 4 bars signal I was having trouble with 2G vs 3G access again. I am currently set to “3G Preferred” mode. This setting will locate a 3G signal and use 2G if nothing else is available. Not sure if this is a good traveling mode or not. “Auto select” would seem to be the proper mode for that. The only glitch is no red 3G meatball in the ACM status window. But it seems to be 3G access.
So I will pass the AT Commands on to you, maybe using one of these you can get your card to hang onto 3G when it finds a signal.
Mode switching commands
Using the AT&T Communications Manager
Open Tools menu then:
Poke the To Try the Command, you should get a positve reply.
02-27-2008 6:09 PM
02-29-2008 5:14 PM
AT&T Connection Manager only runs on Windows. But from what I've read, that may be a good thing for us Mac users
Ed S wrote:
So I will pass the AT Commands on to you, maybe using one of these you can get your card to hang onto 3G when it finds a signal....
02-29-2008 5:16 PM
The folks at the 3G store say that the magnetic mount antenna can be put on a simple metal pizza pan (or equavalent). I'll be ordering mine ASAP. I'll report back on my results.
coreyinoz wrote:Regarding your technical questions - you should check out EVDOforums.That's the support forum for 3G store, and they have some major resident nerds. Most of the info is CDMA - but the experiences with the antennas will still be helpful. The admins there will help you pick the right product.