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Review by CFDFF339 See Profile

  • Location: Cumberland Center,Cumberland,ME
  • Cost: $59 per month
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Reliable, Portable, Good Speed, Safer than wifi hotspots"
Bad "Coverage is not universal, and can vary in rural settings"
Overall "I would hate to live without it. It turns unproductive wait times into good time use."
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I’ve been using Verizon’s online services since they first started their “1xRTT” network. I’ve progressed to EV-DO rev 0 with the Sierra Wireless card, moved to the internal Dell 5700 mini card and now to the Dell 5720 Rev-A card. I’m also a network and software developer.

The internal cards from Dell are nice because I don’t worry about snapping off the card jutting out the laptop; but the software for them isn’t quite as good as Verizon’s.

*** The following is somewhat out of date ***

If I don’t shut down the connection and exit the connection software when I hibernate the laptop, often I can’t use the card again until I reboot. This is getting better with subsequent updates, but its not perfect yet.

---------------------------------------------------------- Updated 6/7/2008 -------------------------

*** There is a new version of this software from Dell, however it isn't listed as an update for the D820 laptop I have. It is, however, listed for the D830. I installed the update anyway given that the hardware is essentially the same. It works like a champ ****

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Although these cards connect to antennas built into the frame of the laptop, reception does not appear to be any better than using the slot on demand cards.

Overall, using EV-DO from Verizon Wireless is excellent. The “real speed” that you feel when you’re using it is comparable to a home DSL connection. I’ve tested in many hotel rooms, and usually the EV-DO from Verizon performs better than the hotel network connection.

Rev-0 EV-DO is like a low end DSL with speeds usually around 800kbps download and only 60kbps upload. Moving to Rev-A is awesome, as the download speed tend to average closer to 1000kbps and the upload speeds are much better. I know I’m seeing over 120kbps and I think I may be seeing as much as 400+ some times (not enough info yet).

I travel, and being able to open the laptop in any cab, airport waiting room, lobby, restaurant, or whatever and never have to pay the extortion for a hotspot is sweet. Its just “there”. It is much cheaper to pay the monthly fee to Verizon than pay in each hotel or hotspot and it is much more universally available. It is also nice to know what I’m connecting to. I don’t like to hunt down open hotspots because you don’t know who’s using them to capture data.

The best thing is the hundreds of hours spent waiting for my kids at one soccer practice or another; while I’m just there with nothing to do for two hours (they don’t like parents at the practices to be involved). Open the laptop and I’ve got DSL speeds.

member for 10.4 years, 81 visits, last login: 2.3 years ago
updated 6.4 years ago

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Review by bigdawwg See Profile

  • Location: Newton,Newton,TX
  • Cost: $59 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 6 days
Good "Low latency, decent reliable speeds, no rain fade-outs, good price"
Bad "Low to medium signal strength, speeds could be better."
Overall "Good reliable connection at a good price."
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I was reluctant to order the broadband access package because of the distance from my residence to the tower. I did a lot of research, and decided to give it a try since Verizon offered a 30 trial. I have noticed that on a couple occasions, bad weather seemed to have an effect on my signal strength, but it wasn't that bad.

I now have passed my 30 day trial, and decided to keep the service. I am using a Wilson Omni antenna, and recently ordered a Wilson 811210 Amplifier. I was doing ok, with 2 bars of Broadband Access Rev A, but figured I could get more signal with the booster. I will update my review after I have had my amplifier for a few days.

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updated 6.4 years ago

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Review by sjwoods See Profile

  • Location: Valley Park,Saint Louis,MO
  • Cost: $46 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Easy to Install USB device and Device Manager Software"
Bad "None so Far"
Overall "USB 720 device works on PC (XP) and MAC flawlessly"
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This package is titled BROADBANDACCESS FOR BUSINESS
It is a package consisting of:
1 fully discounted Verizon Novatel USB 720 Digital Modem
Monthly $46.00 Flat fee (Unlimited access) for Data and Text Message

Good 600/500 MBit performance (in my Basement!)

Up and running in less than two minutes
No waiting for activation - Just Plug in and Go

Device is small and compact and USB works on any Computer that I own
If I had got the PC Card then I would be limiting my options.

Delivered Overnight from FEDEX



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Review by EBlonde See Profile

  • Location: Grover Beach,San Luis Obispo,CA
  • Cost: $59 per month
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Being Able To Be Online Wherever You Have Cell Phone Service."
Bad "$59.99 / Month"
Overall "If you're a Mobile PC Tech or Mobile Alot It's Worth It."
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If you're a Mobile PC Tech or Mobile Alot It's Worth It.

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Review by sconrad See Profile

  • Location: Spencer,Owen,IN
  • Cost: $59 per month (12 month contract)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Faster than Satellite, good coverage, reliable"
Bad "dropped signals occasionally, multiple dowloads can cause hangs"
Overall "Great service for those unable to get cable or dsl & wanting faster than Dial up"
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In tests I can get 675 down and 125 up which is good but not stellar. Real world applications will still average 450down and 115 up which in comparison to satellite internet is good. The streaming of files via satellite is very flaky whereas the verizon wireless seems steady. Now that Verizon has expanded their Broadband coverage area substancially it is a very good option for those wanting faster internet but can't get DSL or cable. Unfortunately Verizon makes you sign a 1yr contract even if you already have the equipment however that's still better than satellite. It does have latency much like the satellite services but overall is a much more consistent data rate with more reliable service. They do limit you to 5GB per month before slowing you down. In comparison to Satellite internet that is still a blessing being that hughes limits you to 200mb per day so even at max rate that's only 6GB per month but a whole lot less frustrating if you just need to download a few large files occasionally. The disadvantage is that Verizon is not an always on service so you need to wait to connect each time which also makes it harder to share over networked pc's.

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Review by pwngsd See Profile

  • Location: Smithfield,Isle Of Wight,VA
  • Cost: $50 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 2 days
Good "Excellent Connection: Excellent Coverage: Great Speed"
Overall "This is good value for those with limited options"
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My two options SAT or Cell Broadband.
I have used HughesNet (DirecWay) for 4 years.
The VerizonWireless Broadband EVDO RevA BLOWS AWAY Hughes.
I have used a VW modem for work for several years (actually I had 80 in service in a Law Enforcement agency. They service was always flawless. When EVDO Rev A expanded to my area I quickly dumped the SAT and switched over my personal INet connection to Verizon Wireless. My speeds are greatly enhanced over the HughesNet. I would HIGHLY reccomend Verizon Wireless broadband as long as you can get the EVDO REV A signal. If you are really desperate, the National Access connection at approx 100K is still much better than dialup!
BTW, I have a 15% discount on access with a special program VW offers government employees. I have two modems the V740 express card and the newer USB modem with battery boost (AC 595U)
I have also used the V720, 595 pc card, and the 720 usb, and the original 620 and 555 pc cards all with great results.

Signal and speed:
1 bar consistant 1 meg down and 1/2 meg up. I am just outside the listed fringe area. I get higher speeds with less errors as the signal increases (laptop in town)
I have ordered the Gemini dual band repeater that will hopefully increase signal strength and speed. Will know the results in a couple of weeks.

Paul

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  • Location: New Iberia,Iberia,LA
  • Cost: $68 per month (24 month contract)
Good "Just works amazingly well. When in a revision a area, it's generally as fast as AT&T DSL"
Bad "Broadband speeds are still only available in larger cities"
Overall "Can be productive almost anywhere, even where Broadband speed is not available"
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Concidered AT&T, but Broadband Coverage didn't come close to VZ in my area. Only negative was created by my haste. The wireless card I wanted was not in stock, and I ended up with the new (smaller) USB Verizon model (with built in Micro SD drive). It works great, and has the added benefit of working with all my computers, but it sticks out pretty far, and can get in the way. Could have gotten what I wanted in two days, but needed the service for a business trip.

I shopped at two Verizon company stores, and the sales help was clueless and the manager at one of them lied his but off thinking I was as clueless as his salesman. Ended up at an independant store who while not expert, was very helpful and forthright.

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Review by bladeslap See Profile

  • Location: Piscataway,Middlesex,NJ
  • Cost: $59 per month (24 month contract)
Good "Outstanding Speed"
Bad "Not available in all areas, but growing quickly"
Overall "Outstanding if you need to be connected all the time - Invaluable"
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I can't emphasize enough, if you have not optimized your Laptop (MTU 1500 and RWIN 65535), you will NOT come even close to getting peak performance out of any of the broadband providers. Before I made the changes to my registry (there's a program out there that does that called Dr. TCP, I was getting around 900-950 download and about 200 upoad. When I made the changed to the TCP Receive Window (65,536) and forced the MTU (maximum transmission unit) to 1500, my speeds more than doubled. In here in Boston on Newberry street and am getting 2250 Download and 230-250 upload. My low speed has been around 1300. Of course, I did get the 2250 when i had 5 bars and was fairly close to the cell site i'm sure...but I never even got remotely close to that before I made the changes.

Moral of the story? Make sure your PC is optimized by changing those two values and you'l l see great performance.

Ok, as far as Verizon goes, most places you visit in the country seem to already be EVDO Rev. A, so the high speed should work in most places without a problem. I have no complaints about the service. I love the fact I don't have to get onto any more hotspots in airports and can use this without any interruption, extra charges, or risk of someone sniffing my packets on a public wi-fi spot. Only negative thing is it doesn't work international...that's where the AT&T package seems to shine a bit better. But, most people would prefer that far better coverage of the Verizon service in the U.S.

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Review by robertsoj See Profile

  • Location: Glendale,Maricopa,AZ
  • Cost: $61 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Convenient - never need rely on wifi. 1.5MBS download is standard."
Bad "Connection can drop if you haunch over your laptop."
Overall "If you need wireless internet, this is how to do it."
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Bought the service in July 2005, using the PC5740. I had orig wanted a Sierra Wireless 575 as they always allow a remote antenna jack, but the 5740 has an excellent antenna for being internal-only.

* GUI is very easy to understand. You don't need the owner's manual to install and use.

* VZW is excellent coverage here in central Arizona. Your area may vary, but the CDMA2000 network is very well built out here.

* If you run a laptop from a car or near a building's window, you'll almost always get 4/4 bars. I worked for Alcatel-Lucent Tech in a building with metal grids, cable plenums, all bathing in RF from literally thousands of computers and the PC5740 pulled in a usable 2/4 bar signal strength -- better than most cell phones I could use.

* Signal isn't always good however. If you're in a marginal area, you will have to be careful how close you sit to the laptop, as your body will shield the antenna, slowing or interrupting the signal.

* Wifi tends to be cheap or free in many shops, so it may be better for many, but this modem frees you up. All that matters is whether Verizon has 2.5/3G coverage. The modem will work for 1G too, but you will feel like you're back on 56K modems.

* Typically downloads are 1.5Mbps, uploads around 150Kbps. I actually turned-off my Cox cable modem for 2 years as the speed difference, while somewhat noticeable, was not large for what I did - surfing, email and some research. This was my sole internet provider for that time. Only when downloading something like SP2 from Microsoft did I miss cable's 6Mbps in our local area.

* At the time, regular price was 79.99/mo for unlimited use, but a 24 month contract got 59.99/mo. Now 59.99/mo seems to be all VZW advertises (perhaps though a 24 month contract is still required?) In case you're wondering, the $61/month is with fees and taxes, which only add about 1 dollar/month.

* I would recommend the unlimited data package. My surfing and new home office business had variable use, but I easily used 150MB per month, sometimes 250MB per month. You don't want to be paying by the megabyte with this service. I have since turned cable back on, but I still use 25-50MB per month with Verizon while on the go.

* I use the PC5740 modem on an HP ze5400 laptop, where the PCMCIA card is toward the right, front side. This puts the modem near my knee. I'm a telecomm eng. and have studied SAR on and off for several years, and I would swear that after a few hours, I could sense my knee 'tingling'. I won't launch into a dissertation on Specific Absorption Rate here, but suffice to say that 2.4GHz RF has only been swimming around in our homes for about 7 years now. You might want to consider using any type of equipment like this for long periods of time close to your body.

In summary, it should tell you something that I made this my primary ISP for all purposes for 2 years. If you need on-the-go internet, and can afford $60/month, you will get a decent, quality system to use, but like anything wireless, it is not going to match the performance of wired access for what you spend. Again, depending on CDMA2000 coverage in your area, signals will vary...most major cities in the US have Broadband wireless though.

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Review by bljerk See Profile

  • Location: Budd Lake,Morris,NJ
  • Business customer Business customer
  • Cost: $59 per month (24 month contract)
Good "In some areas I have gotten close to T1 speeds !"
Bad "None, yet..."
Overall "Great for mobile and backup network with a Moble Router"
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I am using a Verizon PC5750 card (EDVO rev A) for the ability to show clients sites / and I work out of the office often. I also use it for a workgroup using a Kyocera K1 mobile router so I can be outside the clients firewall-great for setting up VPNs. Often the speeds I get are better than what the clients have available. I consistently get speeds better than 700 k downloads. I have used Cingular before and I would never go back…

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