Email and Internet
Inside Your Own RV Using Your Own Laptop
Using Telstra Sierra Aircard 580
This in our view is currently the best solution for any RV'er relying on the Internet for business reasons or needing better reliability and speed. We have been using it for 6 months now with zero problems. It is actually two devices in the one card. It has CDMA 1X as well as the newer EVDO - same as ADSL. The really high speed feature is generally only available in capitol cities and some of Canberra. It reverts to CDMA 1X in no EVDO coverage areas or when the EVDO signal falls below the threshold. This all happens in the background with no user intervention needed.
Sierra Wireless AirCard 1XEV-DO
| Installing and Using the Sierra
The Sierra installation is absolutely bullet proof on Windows XP and it truly is an absolute delight to install. Unbelievably, you are up in running in under 5 minutes! You don't even have to reboot! The Quick Start instructions are totally brilliant, as is the manual itself! WARNING: Be absolutely certain to install the software BEFORE inserting the card. Logging on is virtually instant and the clock doesn't start ticking until you are online - good one Telstra! All you do is click on "Connect". It dials #777 and negotiates all passwords etc. with zero input from you. To log off just click on "Disconnect". You must never remove the card with the computer still running. You are NOT charged a flagfall, but watch the clock like a hawk, as you are charged in 15 minute blocks. Our one and only criticism of this fantastic product is you can't get the Watcher Program to run on top of the current window. We use two monitors, but most wont have this luxury. A simple work around is to buy a $5.00 mechanical timer from Coles/Woolies. We have put other RV'ers on to this with great success. Another excellent use is for timing those 20 minute free calls, if you have the Telstra "My Hour" deal (soon to be dropped sadly!!)
Absolutely recommended 11 out of 10 (it's that good!!!)