On the road wireless?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by truz, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. truz macrumors 6502a

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  2. d wade macrumors 65816

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    wait a minute? there are ways to get internet access wirelessly while driving??

    oh man i would love this, especially since i go to college 6 hours away from where i live. this would save my life!
     
  3. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    I've heard about this. wil lthis work with my MacBook Pro, is it a monthly fee?
     
  4. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

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    macbook's dont have any slots, the macbook pro's have ExpressCard/34 slots, that a big downside to them. i would wait for a new macbook pro rev.
     
  5. bbene macrumors newbie

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    Even if you do get EVDO (the wireless internet from Cingular etc.) it won't work everywhere. It only works where there are EVDO towers available. If there isn't one around you're SOL. The other option is expensive satellite internet that is attached to your car.
     
  6. REDSRT4 macrumors regular

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    I have used the verizon blackberry on my powerbook via Virtual PC it works pretty well for having the internet in the car! Not sure if it works on the MBP yet as I dont have access to one of them. its 15 dollars extra for the Razr or the Blackberry per month
     
  7. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Actually, because of the processors, PCMCIA slots are now obsolete and no longer compatible. All current computers with Intel Core Duo have Expresscard slots. :)
     
  8. REDSRT4 macrumors regular

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    I talked with verizon today and they are working on apple software for the blackberry and Razr and maybe sometype of other item that would work!
     
  9. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    "May 29th, 2006 -- Verizon Wireless Broadband "Trick" for MacBook Pro Users -- We rely heavily on the Verizon AirCard for our PowerBooks. It gives us the most flexible access to broadband internet than anything else we've found. Our frustration lately is that there are no ExpressCard/34 AirCards for MacBook Pros, though Verizon admits they are "working on one." However, one of our readers pointed out that we could use a 3G capable cell phone as an interim solution.

    So we contacted Verizon and added unlimited broadband service to our RAZR cell phone. We connected it to the MacBook Pro using an USB cable. After choosing the "Verizon Support (PC 5200)" modem script we were able to "rock and roll" on the Internet at 1100Kbps download speed. We also tried the Bluetooth method. It worked but the download speed dropped to 550Kbps. This not the perfect solution since it ties up the use of the cell phone but it's an interim solution until Verizon releases a MacBook Pro compatible 3G/1xEVDO ExpressCard/34."

    -From Barefeats.com
     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    When there's no EVDO around, as long as your phone can pick up a digital signal, you should be able to use EVDO's predecessor -- 1xRTT (80-90kpbs).

    I can't wait until Verizon comes out with the software to make the BlackBerry work as a modem for OS X. I "Boot Camp" in order to do this... It'll be nice not to have to do that. :)
     
  11. tonylimo macrumors newbie

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    Sierra Wireless to release EV-DO card for MacBook Pros

    http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/product_policy/mac_os_x.aspxSierra


    Wireless said it plans to bring its AirCard 597E to market early in 2007. The first AirCard to be made using the ExpressCard/34 form factor, the 597E will work on the Macintosh. Pricing was not announced.

    The AirCard 597E is designed to take advantage of EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized), the fast wireless networking standard promoted by cell phone service providers whose networks utilize Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Verizon Wireless and Sprint in the United States are two such carriers. Designed to work with EV-DO Revision A networks, the AirCard 597E can achieve downlink speeds of 3.1 megabits per second and uplink speeds of 1.8 megabits per second; it can also fall back to EV-DO Release 0 and CDMA 1x speeds.

    A spokesperson for Sierra Wireless confirmed that the new card will indeed support the Mac. Several of Sierra’s existing PC Card solutions already work with the Macintosh, either using Mac OS X v10.4.7’s built-in drivers or through third-party driver providers. More details are available from Sierra Wireless’ Web site.

    Cards capable of such connectivity are already available from major wireless service providers, but most are still made using the PCMCIA card standard preferred by many notebook vendors.

    Apple adopted the ExpressCard/34 standard earlier this year with the introduction of the MacBook Pro series. ExpressCard/34 provides a smaller, faster expansion interface than the PC card slot featured on PowerBook G4 systems.

    Sierra Wireless’ Web site had not been updated with information about the AirCard 597E as Macworld posted this article.

    i also think there is something else out there from Verizon in the stores now !!!!
     

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