PC Card USB 881 or Express Card 881 - Signal Strength

Voyager

PC Card USB 881 or Express Card 881 - Signal Strength

Purchased USB 881 card but after reading some reports and reviews on the net , concern that the reception sginal on the USB adapter may not be strong enough compared to Express 881 adapter.

Anyone has experience with that.

My signal is -100db.

Thanks
ROman
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Master

Re: PC Card USB 881 or Express Card 881 - Signal Strength

No experience but with a -100dbm signal your not going to remain connected for very long.
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Voyager

Re: PC Card USB 881 or Express Card 881 - Signal Strength

Anyone looked into getting portable antena to boost the signal?  Something that would fit in a backpack with laptop.  I see that SeirraWireless has lists of vendors that sell antenas. 

Roman
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Scholar

Re: PC Card USB 881 or Express Card 881 - Signal Strength

I have read in another post that someone had acquired a male / female USB cord and used that to be able to position the USB 881 differently (closer to a window, etc.) for better reception.  I recently got the USB 881 and have had very strong signal strength and performance.  It replaced a express card but that was from a different carrier so no real comparison.  Did you check the AT&T coverage map for data coverage for your address / zip code? 
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Teacher

Re: PC Card USB 881 or Express Card 881 - Signal Strength

I bought a 6' USB extension cable for my USB881 to get it on the window sill. The connection and speed is much improved on both the desktop and laptop. 
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