Sierra Wireless AirCard 775 review: Sierra Wireless AirCard 775

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design and ease of use: 9.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Provides nationwide mobile Internet access; compatible with networks around the world; easy installation.

The Bad Although this card works on a number of widely available networks, the fastest among them are still available only in limited areas.

The Bottom Line If you often work in areas with high-speed EDGE service availability, the Sierra Wireless AirCard 775 is your best bet for mobile Internet access.

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Sierra Wireless AirCard 775

Designed for mobile professionals who think on their feet and work on the go, the AirCard 775 gives you nationwide Internet access anywhere you can connect to a GSM, GPRS, or EDGE mobile phone network. The AirCard 775 is easy to install, and it operates in any one of four bands used throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, making it a good companion for international business travelers. If speed is more important to you than handheld compatibility or quad-band flexibility, check out the AirCard 580 , which can tap into state-of-the-art high-speed EV-DO networks, or the Novatel Wireless Merlin U520 , which is designed for use with fast UMTS networks.

You typically purchase the AirCard 775 through a carrier that offers EDGE service, such as Cingular. Rates are currently priced at around $80 per month for all-you-can-eat service; this is not typically sold as part of your phone service.

Setting up the AirCard 775 is a breeze, but the procedure varies somewhat depending on the type of device you're using and the operating system you're running. You can use the AirCard 775 with laptops running any flavor of Windows from 98 SE onward and handhelds running Windows CE 3.0 or newer. Regardless of the type of OS you're running, the first thing you need to do is install the drivers, which are located on a CD that accompanies the PC Card. With a laptop, you simply insert the CD, and the installation wizard that appears on the screen will walk you through the process of loading the drivers and the card management software onto your system. The process is foolproof, and it takes less than five minutes.

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Where to Buy

Sierra Wireless AirCard 775

Part Number: 1100429 Released: Nov 1, 2004

MSRP: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 1, 2004
  • Max Transfer Rate 216 Kbps