This afternoon purchased an EVDO modem so I could work out any bugs and have it in action before heading out to TR5. I have been researching these devices for months now and thinking about whether it would be a worthwhile investment. My upcoming trip will be a good opportunity to test the connection and hopefully save on hotel/airport wireless plus any time a convention hall is flooded by 2-3,000 Microsoft techies the wireless seems to go haywire. Not surprising really, these are the most active users of bandwidth found anywhere.
I decided on the Verizon USB720.
In terms of relative size, it is the same length and width as the remote control for the Zune dock, but about twice as thick. That's pretty large in my opinion but considering this will go in my backpack not my pocket I am not too concerned...
This is a device that plugs in via USB rather than PCMCIA or PC Express. I chose this after doing a lot of reading on evdo forums and blogs to see what others have found. The upsides to going USB are –
Next logical question – if you are going to tether a modem, why not just use your handset?
Several others on my team have tried EVDO modems. I have had the same experience as they have all reported - I couldn’t be happier with the results. The connection is fast and seems to be holding a connection. I spent about an hour figuring out a few caveats.
So to summarize, this device is providing a lightening fast connection and is working perfectly.
Last and least, now I am tempted to purchase an EVDO router such as the device from DLink or Kyocera. It would be insanely handy to have one of these during a spur of the moment meeting!