Saturday, November 25, 2006

A welcome latecomer (after the fact)

I just finished testing a Bite HSDPA connection using a Windows notebook, which was the primary problem with the test. I mean, the HSDPA worked fine, even saved an evening of regular surfing when Lattelecom took all night to do some work on my DSL landline. I just didn't use the HSDPA connection (which was fast, displayed video streams, etc) as often and regularly as if it had been attached to my Powerbook G4. I just don't like the whole Windows scene, since I have been using a Mac of one kind or another since 1984.
Now it seems that Bite's partner, Vodafone, has found a USB HSDPA modem for Mac laptops. It is described by TheRegister website. Since Bite is already a Vodafone partner and provides Vodafone Connect cards for PC notebooks, I certainly hope it gets a batch of these Mac friendly gadgets soon (they also work with PCs). I would repeated the HSDPA test enthusiatically and might even use the gadget next summer to see if I can get 3.6 Mbps in Carnikava, some 30 km from Riga,
By the way, the test was with a HuaWei PC card, it worked fine.
My parting shot with my newspaper, interviewing former government advisor Jurģis Liepnieks, who spilled his version of the beans about the digital television scandal in Latvia, has caused a great uproar, it is all over television and the other media. Makes journalism fun. You read it on this blog first, although in somewhat murky terms -- before it hit the newspaper and other media.


Bleveland said...
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Bleveland said...

As mentioned in the review, the Vodafone USB device really is the E220, also from Huawei. This one will make it to 3.6 Mbps (DL) theoretically whereas your laptop card only makes it to 1.8 Mbps. In reality I have a hard time to believe that you really will notice the difference, but hey, the specifications are half of the fun :-)
BTW the E220 already is one of the options with HSDPA at LMT, so if LMT would have provided you with a test kit as well, you would have been laughing already instead of suffering of the well-known press-disease (almost any newspaper and hence many journalists works with Apple - for a good reason, but it doesn't change that major parts of the rest of this planet run Windows).

In a week or 3 I hope to have an E220 here in the "shack". Telia Sweden has an offer which allows you to surf for a flat rate (about LVL 7) over their UMTS network in weekends and after 7 PM until 7 AM on weekdays. Daytime on weekdays would completely ruin me with more than a Lat per MB, so that will not happen often. Unfortunately the E220 is locked to Telia which is understandable since it normally costs about LVL 250 and I will get it for LVL 45. I am sure there is going to be a hack sooner or later ;-)

Whether the E220 is going to help out in Carnikava or not is the question here. Unfortunately the E220 is not equipped with an outer antenna port (different from the pc-card E620), so you better hope the base station is in your neighbours garden or you will need to invest in a loooong USB cable and hang up the modem in the highest tree (don’t forget to pray for the lack of lightening ;-) )
I am actually looking into the option of mounting the modem in the focus point of an old satellite dish and than direct the dish towards the nearest base station when I am on the country side. It should work…

Anonymous said...

I'm using E620 on my PowerBook G4 with the help of nice application Launch2Net for 87 EUR.

Haven't seen any UMTS or HSDPA though, as only EDGE is available in my area. But that's alright. LMT is putting optic fiber in the ground all around the place (Valmiera region) very agressively. ;)

Juris Kaža said...

I think the gadget for the summer place is something like Bite's nomadic hotspot, which runs on a Vodafone card plugged into a WiFi router. However, unless the card links to the nearest HSDPA capable base station, Triatel may still be the best solution for this particular place.