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Old 07-21-2009, 06:48 PM   #29
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Sounds like we should check out Verizon.
Yes on Verizon, but be certain to get a card with a port for an external antenna.

If you are happy with your bare card reception then fine. If not, then install an external antenna and plug it into the card and your reception will be vastly improved. I get 3G service with the external antenna in some pretty remote parts of NM.
Note: By external, I mean outside on top of the Airstream.
As you may surmise, mag mount antennas are not the correct choice :-)
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:20 PM   #30
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Note: By external, I mean outside on top of the Airstream.
As you may surmise, mag mount antennas are not the correct choice
Except on an Argosy, maybe?
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:02 PM   #31
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We got an AT&T card last fall. It is a pain most of the time. Slow or no service unless parked very near a tower. Lots of disconnects. Wish it was Verizon like our phone. Got it on a "deal" at Costco. No deal. When the contract is up, we WILL switch to Verizon.
Well.......Today I took my AT&T air card into an AT&T store and sold them of my plight. We found that the cell tower is 3 miles as the crow flies from home. The nice young man changed the SIM card in my 881 Sierra Wireless card and it seems to be working like we thought it should. Three miles away, down off the levee on Grand Island, Walnut Grove, hooked to a NetGear wifi router and so far running at almost light speed. I have been connected for a couple of hours now with no problem. Even watched an Airstream video on Youtube. It downloaded faster than it played. No stopping, no waiting.

We'll see how long this good connection lasts.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:32 AM   #32
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USB 720 shutting itself off?

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Although I have no plans to switch away from Verizon--they have fantastic coverage of the country--but truth in advertising compels me to say that I have a love-hate relationship with it.

The reason is that of all the places in the country that I've had service, the absolute worst is at home in Ohio! We are out in the country where there's no cable (hence no Roadrunner) and the telephone company didn't offer DSL until quite recently, after I had signed up for Verizon wireless internet.

The problem here at home is that some days the Verizon wireless works fine (with an outside antenna) and other days the $%^&@ thing won't stay connected for five minutes. (This mirrors the behavior of my Verizon cell phone--some days it works fine and other days it just decides to give a little "beep" and disconnect you in the middle of a call.) I'm pretty sure these problems happen when our local cell is overloaded. Hopefully Verizon will be adding some cells out here soon. . .
While I'm thinking about it, do any of you USB720 users have your modem simply shut itself off now and then? That's an unusual aspect of the problems I mentioned above. Sometimes it only shuts off for a few seconds and other times it shuts off and stays off--while I was connected. When that happens the only solution is to unplug it and plug it back in. What a pain in the tuchas.

Sounds like it might be a USB problem, but once again it only does it on "bad hair days" when the network is disconnecting me at frequent intervals. On a good day everything works fine.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:38 PM   #33
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My USB720 occasionally shuts itself off. It's rare, but it seems to happen at the most inopportune time. On the other hand, sometimes I can walk away and it will stay connected for hours with no activity
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:22 PM   #34
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My USB720 occasionally shuts itself off. It's rare, but it seems to happen at the most inopportune time. On the other hand, sometimes I can walk away and it will stay connected for hours with no activity
Thanks. Glad to hear I'm not the only one. Guess it's the nature of the beast. And yeah, you're right--it always seems to happen when you click the mouse to send a packet or two.

But again, in fairness to Verizon, I never cease to be amazed when I turn on the computer at a campground in West Rabbits Foot and discover two or three bars of Broadband Rev-A without even having to put up my outside antenna.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:26 PM   #35
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Well.......Today I took my AT&T air card into an AT&T store and told them of my plight. We found that the cell tower is 3 miles as the crow flies from home. The nice young man changed the SIM card in my 881 Sierra Wireless card and it seems to be working like we thought it should. Three miles away, down off the levee on Grand Island, Walnut Grove, hooked to a NetGear wifi router and so far running at almost light speed. I have been connected for a couple of hours now with no problem. Even watched an Airstream video on Youtube. It downloaded faster than it played. No stopping, no waiting.

We'll see how long this good connection lasts.
AT&T card still connecting just fine. I'm sure that the change that was made yesterday will help connectivity in other areas as well.
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i too had a worthless ATT...i have verizon and am mostly happy with it...works much better than att...but an att phone seems to work great while traveling....go figure
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I have had an AT&T aircard for 4 years with good results. Yes, there are areas where it does not work but that is in the boonies. Sprint has a new aircard that does not plug into the computer and can handle 4 seperate computers at the same time. A friend of mine has one and he really likes it. I'm thinking about it because there are times when my wife wants to use her laptop and the same time that I am using mine. That is why I am thinking about the Sprint. I'm just not sure about the Sprint coverage when compared to AT&T.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:59 PM   #38
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I'm just not sure about the Sprint coverage when compared to AT&T.
Service area maps are available at each service provider's web site.
I noticed today that the Verizon map is much more detailed than it used to be. Perhaps the others have improved as well.
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I work for Verizon and would highly recomend it. Take a close at the maps of the big 3 carriers and it will sell its self! Also Verizon was the only carrier to buy solid coast to coast LTE license so within in a few years there will be solid coast to coast 4G Network at blazing speeds. Good Luck T
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