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How do the PC cards work?  Does it work anywhere or is it like a cell phone?  Do I need an I.S.P.? 
How do the PC cards work?  Does it work anywhere or is it like a cell phone?  Do I need an I.S.P.? 

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Although the cards use the cellular network, they do not operate like what old dialup modems used to work on traditional phone lines.  "Dialing" is simply running the Connection Manger software and clicking on "connect."  The card then establishes a data session to AT&T, which then connects you to the internet.  Thus AT&T is your ISP (a.k.a. Internet Service Provider.)
Although the cards use the cellular network, they do not operate like what old dialup modems used to work on traditional phone lines.  "Dialing" is simply running the Connection Manger software and clicking on "connect."  The card then establishes a data session to AT&T, which then connects you to the internet.  Thus AT&T is your ISP (a.k.a. Internet Service Provider.)

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ashlitheredangel wrote:
How do the PC cards work?  Does it work anywhere or is it like a cell phone?  Do I need an I.S.P.? 


With an Aircard the carrier becomes your ISP of sorts, with the exception that AT&T will not assign you a e-mail address like Yahoo, etc.  You would need to get one of the free e-mail addresses available.  The Aircard and service from At&T will allow you to gain access to the internet.  The service is like a cell phone in terms of there needs to be adequate coverage where you are using the card to get a decent signal.  You can check the coverage map http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer to see what type of coverage (3G coverage is the fastest connection speed) is available in the area where you will use the card the most.  If not 3G coverage you will be on the EDGE network which will have speeds similar to dial up; however if the coverage map indicates poor coverage where you will use the card the most you most likely will not be pleased with the connection and speeds. 
 
As far as how they work I will leave that to those more technically advanced than I.


ashlitheredangel wrote:
How do the PC cards work?  Does it work anywhere or is it like a cell phone?  Do I need an I.S.P.? 


With an Aircard the carrier becomes your ISP of sorts, with the exception that AT&T will not assign you a e-mail address like Yahoo, etc.  You would need to get one of the free e-mail addresses available.  The Aircard and service from At&T will allow you to gain access to the internet.  The service is like a cell phone in terms of there needs to be adequate coverage where you are using the card to get a decent signal.  You can check the coverage map http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer to see what type of coverage (3G coverage is the fastest connection speed) is available in the area where you will use the card the most.  If not 3G coverage you will be on the EDGE network which will have speeds similar to dial up; however if the coverage map indicates poor coverage where you will use the card the most you most likely will not be pleased with the connection and speeds. 
 
As far as how they work I will leave that to those more technically advanced than I.

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asatoran wrote:
Although the cards use the cellular network, they do not operate like what old dialup modems used to work on traditional phone lines.  "Dialing" is simply running the Connection Manger software and clicking on "connect."  The card then establishes a data session to AT&T, which then connects you to the internet.  Thus AT&T is your ISP (a.k.a. Internet Service Provider.)


I know I'm probably going over the head of the OP (sorry) but all current AT&T LaptopConnect cards use an NDIS based connection versus the older RAS based method.  The cards operate similar to the network card you plug your ethernet cable into.


asatoran wrote:
Although the cards use the cellular network, they do not operate like what old dialup modems used to work on traditional phone lines.  "Dialing" is simply running the Connection Manger software and clicking on "connect."  The card then establishes a data session to AT&T, which then connects you to the internet.  Thus AT&T is your ISP (a.k.a. Internet Service Provider.)


I know I'm probably going over the head of the OP (sorry) but all current AT&T LaptopConnect cards use an NDIS based connection versus the older RAS based method.  The cards operate similar to the network card you plug your ethernet cable into.

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asatoran wrote:
Although the cards use the cellular network, they do not operate like what old dialup modems used to work on traditional phone lines.  "Dialing" is simply running the Connection Manger software and clicking on "connect."  The card then establishes a data session to AT&T, which then connects you to the internet.  Thus AT&T is your ISP (a.k.a. Internet Service Provider.)


I know I'm probably going over the head of the OP (sorry) but all current AT&T LaptopConnect cards use an NDIS based connection versus the older RAS based method.  The cards operate similar to the network card you plug your ethernet cable into.


I initially was gonna say something like that, but wasn't sure if the OP wanted a "what do I do" vs "what technology" kind of answer.  I figure, if they want the "full geek answer," they ask again with the really big words or lots of acronyms.  Smiley Happy


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asatoran wrote:
Although the cards use the cellular network, they do not operate like what old dialup modems used to work on traditional phone lines.  "Dialing" is simply running the Connection Manger software and clicking on "connect."  The card then establishes a data session to AT&T, which then connects you to the internet.  Thus AT&T is your ISP (a.k.a. Internet Service Provider.)


I know I'm probably going over the head of the OP (sorry) but all current AT&T LaptopConnect cards use an NDIS based connection versus the older RAS based method.  The cards operate similar to the network card you plug your ethernet cable into.


I initially was gonna say something like that, but wasn't sure if the OP wanted a "what do I do" vs "what technology" kind of answer.  I figure, if they want the "full geek answer," they ask again with the really big words or lots of acronyms.  Smiley Happy

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What's an ethernet cable?  And, so, does AT&T have plans or how does that work?  And is there any way I can get pricing? 
What's an ethernet cable?  And, so, does AT&T have plans or how does that work?  And is there any way I can get pricing? 

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ashlitheredangel wrote:
What's an ethernet cable?  And, so, does AT&T have plans or how does that work?  And is there any way I can get pricing? 


Not worth getting banned for.  Good luck.


ashlitheredangel wrote:
What's an ethernet cable?  And, so, does AT&T have plans or how does that work?  And is there any way I can get pricing? 


Not worth getting banned for.  Good luck.

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Edited by LCT on Apr 14, 2008 at 9:43:43 PM


ashlitheredangel wrote:
What's an ethernet cable?  And, so, does AT&T have plans or how does that work?  And is there any way I can get pricing? 



You can find more information about ethernet here.  Yes, AT&T does offer them and they're FREE!  All you have to do is sign up for DSL and they'll send you one with your modem! Gee Whiz, it's a good thing you asked otherwise you could of ended up paying upwards of twenty bucks for one.  Finally, and I'm not 100% on this, but I don't think that you can use that with a LaptopConnect card.


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ashlitheredangel wrote:
What's an ethernet cable?  And, so, does AT&T have plans or how does that work?  And is there any way I can get pricing? 



You can find more information about ethernet here.  Yes, AT&T does offer them and they're FREE!  All you have to do is sign up for DSL and they'll send you one with your modem! Gee Whiz, it's a good thing you asked otherwise you could of ended up paying upwards of twenty bucks for one.  Finally, and I'm not 100% on this, but I don't think that you can use that with a LaptopConnect card.


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