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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 21, 2008 / 14 Adar II 5768

Wireless Modem Helps Road Warriors

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Keeping in touch on the go can be a hassle. Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi, makes it easier to log on in many offices, schools and public locations. It's one of the great computing technology advances of the past 20 years.


But it's sometimes not without a price: You can find a Wi-Fi connection for your computer in many airports, but some, including Ronald Reagan National Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport, or BWI, have deals that make users pay for the wireless access. No one, to my knowledge, has studied the cost in good will that such digital parsimony generates.


Alternatively, you can send and receive e-mail from a "smart" cell phone or wireless PDA. However, except for Research in Motiion's BlackBerry devices and the Apple Inc. IPhone, such messaging is often a hassle. If you need to browse the Internet, or connect to a corporate intranet , a regular cell phone might not be up to the task.


What to do? An answer might be to reach for a USB modem, a style of device that is rapidly becoming an answer for laptop users. Most new portables no longer have the once-ubiquitous PC Card slot. Even the more compact "Express Card" slots are becoming more of a challenge to find on some new models such as the MacBook Air, reviewed here last week. Hence, the USB modem's increasing importance.


The market leader here appears to be Sierra Wireless, which is based near the Canadian city of Vancouver in British Columbia. A few months back, I looked at the firm's USB modem for Sprint Nextel customers and that firm's EV-DO network. Recently, Sierra Wireless sent along its new AirCard 881U, list price $249, designed for the AT&T wireless data network.


The 881U is similar in appearance to the earlier model, but here likeness is only skin deep. Unlike the EV-DO model, the 881U can download data at speeds up to 7.2 megabits-per-second, twice the EV-DO rate. Uploads max out ahead of the earlier modem as well, topping out at 2.0 Mbps, versus 1.8 mbps, maximum, for EV-DO users.


This is due to the 881U's utilization of High-Speed Uplink Packet Access, or HSUPA, networks, a third-generation, or 3G, wireless technology. AT&T won't claim provision of the top HSUPA speeds at its Web site, but offers downloads of between 600 kbps and 1.4 Mbps. Uploads, the firm says, range from 500 and 800 kbps.


I didn't run stopwatch tests of the 881U, but in airport tests at both BWI and Nashville International Airport, the modem and AT&T's service were more than sufficient to get me online, check e-mail, and log off before boarding a flight. At various urban locations, speeds varied a bit, but this is to be expected of wireless networks: no matter who the provider is, there will be some variation of signal strength depending on location.


The 881U supports computers running Microsoft Windows and the Apple Macintosh OS; you can find drivers for Linux as well. Setup involves installing the drivers and a monitoring program for Windows and Mac users; the software is on CD-ROM for Windows users, while Mac users download theirs from the Sierra Web site.


Once installed and launched, the "Sierra Wireless Watcher" will look for your modem, and sign on to the network. Data plans are sold separately; AT&T is offering 5000 Mbytes of monthly data transfers for $60 per month; overseas rates will vary. If you sign up for a two-year plan, discounts and a mail-in rebate lower the cost of the modem to $49, a $200 discount/rebate deal.


If I needed constant data access, I'd consider the 881U and AT&T's service. It's fast, can work overseas, and is ready in a flash.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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